Things you no longer need to care about once you reach 30 #careless
There are a few milestones in our lives and reaching 30 is certainly one of them. My milestone birthday has come and gone but many of my friends are celebrating this year and are inevitably reflecting on their lives so far.
If I was able to stop my life for a while at any point, it would be at 30. It’s a perfect number. You can look back with hindsight at lessons you’ve learned, without it being too late to apply them to events in the future. You still have your health and your youthful looks but are old enough to appreciate them. And even if all your friends are pairing off and settling down, it still feels like you have time to find Mister Right or to go out and explore the world.
But the number one thing you should be doing if you are also about to hit this milestone; is caring less about a whole lot of things! You’re old enough to get over just about anything now and young enough to still make mistakes if you need to. Here are a few things you should start caring less about right now.
1. What other people think about you
We spend our whole adolescent lives worrying about what people think of us. How we look, where we come from, how we talk. Then we go into the workplace and it’s easy to repeat the same patterns, however subtle. Don’t try and please everyone, you’ll never succeed. Be yourself and people will come to you.
2. The latest fashions
I reluctantly walked into Topshop the other day as I buy the occasional piece from there, mainly jeans and I felt uncomfortable on a mass produced scale. Every girl in there was trying to look different but were ultimately different versions of the same thing. I feel much more at home in a vintage clothing store or a second hand designer outlet where I can buy one of a kind pieces that no one else can copy. Don’t be afraid to break the mould.
3. Making tough decisions
We all have to make tough choices. And when they do come up, you’ll more than likely come up against fierce resistance and strong opinions from those around you. The only decision that matters is the one in your gut. Everyone will have an opinion but remember that you must do what benefits you; not everyone else.
4. Making mistakes
You’ve heard it before. Everybody makes mistakes and it always sucks when it happens. It’s easier said than done but you have to learn from them and look back without regret. What you’ve learned will make you a better and more successful person.
5. Having the perfect body
We all want a perfect body. I’m still on my quest for mine and there’s nothing wrong with that but want it for the right reason. Not for anyone else but for yourself. Concentrate on being healthy rather than perfect. Eating right and regular exercise will ensure your body falls in line. Ignore the airbrushed media and dedicate at least 30 minutes a day to a healthy mind and body
6. Symbols of wealth
We’ve probably all been victims of this before we turn 30. Whether it’s a designer bag or a top of the range car, it’s easy to think we’ve ‘made it’ when we own one. In reality those who are truly content with their lives find little comfort in ridiculously over-priced, overtly branded items. I find far more joy in shared experiences with friends and loved ones than Gucci bags and red-soled shoes. Turning 30 doesn’t make you feel old but it does give you a greater appreciation of your own mortality.
So go ahead. Care less.