Signs I’m Over 30

The things we take for granted, right? I know “30 is the new 20” but I didn’t worry about this stuff when I was 20. When I was ten years younger, I thought being 30 sounded so old and that I’d have all of my relative shit together. Joke’s on me.

Feel free to add to my list!

1. I have to use an eyebrow pencil now to fill in the gaps on my formerly lush eyebrows. They can now officially be called wispy.

2. Losing weight takes twice as long.

3. I wear flats now. From the ages of 18-29, I only cared about wearing heels/chunky shoes.

4. The skin smoothing feature in Photoshop is my new best friend.

5. I have a whole decade to worry about when the other shoe is going to drop and I’ll start sprouting gray hairs.

6. Owning real estate is now firmly planted in my goals and dreams. (I’m only 20 years late to the Lucy van Pelt party on that one.)

7. I think about whether I’m getting in enough nutrients from the food I consume. When I was slurping down full sugar Pepsi and working on my feet all day in retail in my late teens, I clearly did not worry about this concept or the fact that a lifetime of that habit could contribute to osteoporosis. Speaking of which….

8. I think about “women’s issues” like osteoporosis. Oh, and articles written in the New York Times about how a sedentary lifestyle is the #1 contributing factor to getting heart disease haunt me.

9. I assumed that if by age 25 I didn’t need glasses, I never would. I still don’t wear glasses or contacts but as I don’t go a single day without staring at a computer screen, it feels like it’s inevitable.

10. How much gas mileage my car and any of my future cars gets is extremely important to me.

11. I actually wonder about my “carbon footprint.”

12. Something that makes my day is Free Shipping.

13. I bitch about the guy who owns the car on my street whose muffler (or lack thereof) is disturbing-the-peace loud. And I bitch about it in person and on Facebook.

14. Talking about the weather is a daily occurrence amongst my friends, loved ones, and peers – local or not.

15. Clothes from Talbots and Ann Taylor appeal to me now. Perhaps Casual Corner is next. Will I one day wake up and find long, baggy, button-down cardigans attractive? Or want to drive a Buick?

16. Two words: eye cream.

Disclaimer: I do not have children (yet) or I would probably have something about motherhood in here. For those who were mothers by the time they were 30, please chime in with any nuggets of your own!


  1. 1. Interesting. I do know that plucking over the years does actually make some hairs stop growing. I don’t find yours to be sparce, but I don’t analyze them as much as you do:)

    3. I only wear flats now, too. Bummer.

    4. You HAVE to teach me some PS goodness in July. MUST.

    5. Unfortunately, that day came for me back in JHS. When my brother would make fun of me, I’d say “At least I’ll have hair to dye and I won’t be bald.” Now my hairline is receding. Lovely.

    6. Can I get an AMEN up in HEAH?!

    9. Another weird thing I thought I was in the clear for. Um, not so much.

    10. For real!!! (although I still think I’d buy whatever I wanted, despite being aware of that). I can’t remember the last time I didn’t pay attention to MPG’s.

    12. I don’t think this is something that has to do with age as much as it has to do with the day we live in. With so much online shopping, which we never had before, that’s something that’s part of the bargaining process. Still makes my day, though, too:)

    13. DEFINITELY have become crotchety. I’m witcha sistah!

    15. You will no longer allowed to be my hag…unless, of course, I fit some sort of older sophisticated stereotype, in which case, game on!

    16. I keep saying I want to try something (that I know won’t work but will help me psychologically) for the awful crow’s feet and puffiness that seems to have crept up on me. Also something for the ridiculous redness I always seem to have in pictures. But I never do. Oh well. I’m still breathing and pictures are mostly digital now, so it’s hard to rip them up or burn them. What are we talking about here again?

  2. Right on, sister!

    I just read this out loud to my office of 30-32 year old women and we ALL hear ya!

  3. Thanks for sharing the love, Sharon! I probably could have come up with ten more but decided I should just stop where I was and enjoy this decade before I’m complaining about being 40.

  4. Fantastic list! You can be crotchety at any age, though.


  1. […] previously written about my reactions to being in my thirties here and here, in case you want to catch up. I’ve even written about a previous epiphany I thought I’d […]

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