May 21, 2014

10 Ways Your Thirties
Are Not Your Twenties

1. As much as I'd like to run errands in my pajama pants, I just can't do it anymore. After your freshman year of college, I strongly suggest making the switch to yoga pants.

2. I can't stay out all night, get drunk and go to work hungover the next morning. Once you pass a certain age, your body doesn't allow this to happen anymore. Trust me. I've tried. This is what sick days are for.

3. I don't know what it's like to sleep in on the weekend. My kids have internal alarm clocks that go off early 7 days a week. They also have sports every Saturday morning. Not to mention the long list of things I need to accomplish... might as well get up and get something done!

4. Nothing in my house is white. No white couches. No white carpet. No white floors. No white walls. You've heard of Cheetos dust and Kool-Aid stains, right?

5. When I drink, it's not for fun. It's because I am overworked, overtired and stressed out. I drink so I don't murder anyone.

6. Even though I'm constantly tired, I always stay up too late. If I don't, I would never get to read or watch tv without an audience.

7. I can never eat a meal without having to get up from the table at least once, be it at home or a restaurant. Where's my drink? I need another paper towel! Can I have some ketchup? I HAVE TO GO TO THE BATHROOM!

8. My body doesn't look like it did when I was 22, and it never will again. I have to work harder than ever to stay fit. It's not fun.

9. The stress in your thirties is real. I'm stressed about time. I'm stressed about money. I'm stressed for my kids. I'm stressed about the future. I'm stressed about the grey hair I need to cover up. I'm stressed about the lines around my eyes. I'm stressed about how much my body hurts even though I haven't done a damn thing. I'm stressed about being stressed.

10. On a positive note, I know who I am. I know my likes and dislikes. I know what I want and what I don't want. And when I look in the mirror, I'm happy with who I see. Confidence is sexy, y'all.

You should definitely enjoy all the fun and perks of being in your twenties, but I'm not lying when I say that your thirties can be fabulous. Just remember to get more sleep, drink more water and keep your alcohol intake in check. And find a great babysitter!

And, last but not least, surround yourself with people who make you better.


Unknown said...

Love all of these & couldn't agree more!!

Karen M. Peterson said...

I still forget sometimes that I can't recover from things like I did in my 20s. I can't go to midnight movies and then go to work the next day. I can't twist my ankle in the morning and go for a run in the afternoon. And I can't eat whatever I darned well please.

Christina said...

Great post! Yes to everything! I have a post scheduled for next week about music festivals and how I just can't hang because I'm an old lady and I would be sore and tired and grumpy. Haha! I'm tired all. the. time. but I don't go to be early either. I really should.

Cece @Mahogany Drive said...

When I was in college I was a gymnastics coach. We stayed out so late the sun was rising on the way back and then I was at work by 8am. And we did it a lot. This is so not possible now!!

Kelly said...

Internal alarm clock. Eek. Nope. Not there yet!

Shelley said...

I feel like this started applying to me as soon as I had a kid! :)

Rita Templeton said...

All SO very true - and #3 vexes me constantly! It's like, learn to sleep IN already!!

Stephanie said...

Thankfully I have no kids! A dog, but no kids. I'll be 30 in November and I have white everything :) And I get to sleep in and I'm still really good at get drunk and going to work the next day! I'll hold onto it as long as I can haha

Lori Carey said...

amen, amen, amen!

I once basically threw a hissy fit because we took 4 kids out to eat (to a pizza buffet)...Patrick got his food, and the 2 oldest got theirs. I helped the 2 little ones get theirs, got drink and napkins, and by the time I actually sat down to eat (after all the 'I need a drink', I need to potty, etc)..everyone else was done eating.

I threw a fit, and he helps now. Mama is hungry too..LOL

Because Shanna Said So said...

Girl, you know I am RIGHT there with you!!! #4 & #5 hit the nail on the head for me! I was nodding my head the entire time reading this! :)

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

I love this. I think that honestly, I will hit more of this when I have kids, BUT - most of these I'm already dealing with.

Most importantly I think in our 30's we realize how much we rock. I don't miss my 20 something insecurities or the horrible dating choices I made, but I do miss the not so hung over AM's. Now it seems like I can get hung over from 2 beers if I'm not careful or hydrated! ;)