In every phase of our lives, there will always be things that we just can’t wait to be over. When you’re a child, you can’t wait for bedtime to go away. When you’re a pre-teen, you can’t wait for curfews to be extinct. When you’re in your late teens, you can’t wait to no longer live under your parents’ roof—and watch—so you can do whatever you want, whenever you want. But then, what happens? Bedtime goes away, and you just establish your own anyways because it turns out that being exhausted feels terrible. When you leave for college, you miss your parents terribly; you miss their cooking, you miss the way they had answers to everything, and you miss their hugs. When we’re in our twenties we think we are such adults and that whatever we feel and think then we will feel and think forever. Of course, that simply isn’t true. And the parts of our twenties that we can’t wait to be over—we wind up missing those in our thirties. Like these.
Bottle service at the club with strangers
In your twenties, you didn’t need to wait in line to get into a club. The bouncer saw you and your friends at the back, swooped you up, and escorted you inside to…a table full of guys you didn’t know. Those guys had bought table service, in exchange for the promise of having cute young women surrounding their table. At the time it creeped you out but now that you’re in your thirties and have to wait two hours to get into a club, you’ll take the creeps at the tables.
When the doctor would say, “It’s probably nothing”
Remember when you had to fight to convince your doctor there was something she should look into? No matter what symptom you reported, she’d reply, “It’s probably nothing.” It drove you nuts then, but now, you’d love it if she said that. Now, when you report a symptom, she looks concerned and runs tons of tests.
Not being given much responsibility
All you wanted was to be trusted with more responsibility at your job. You wanted to be in charge. You wanted power. Now that you have those things, you know how stressful they are. You’d take that care-free, lower-paying job of your twenties back if you could. You loved being blissfully unaware of how the sausage was made at your company.
Guys who ghosted
You thought it was the most awful thing in the world when a guy would just ghost you in your twenties. In your thirties, that would honestly be a nice, clean relief from what men do now—like sit you down for a long speech about all of your personal issues they’ve noticed and how you should go to therapy and how you could work on yourself.
Being told you were still so young
You hated being told you were “still so young” in your twenties. You were no longer in college, you could legally drink, and you only had zero to two roommates—you were an adult. But now that nobody calls you “So young” anymore, you’d love it if somebody would.
Not being able to afford face creams
You couldn’t get those fancy, heavenly-smelling face creams that smelled like butter at the department store. You had to walk right past the sales people offering demonstrations. You couldn’t afford those. Now you can, but the downside is it’s because you need the anti-wrinkle cream.
Not being eligible for cards/loans
You were never eligible for a good credit card or loan when you were younger. You felt left out of a club. Now you’re very much a part of a club you don’t want to be a part of—the club that has the stressful responsibility of finding the best credit cards and making sure you make the most of them for points and rewards.
Renting your home
You wanted to own your home so badly when you were younger. You hated the rules and regulations your landlord imposed on you. Now, you’d happily follow your landlord’s rules so long as somebody else would attend to the never-ending issues that occur in your home that you own.
Having your parent’s concern
In your twenties, you couldn’t stand how often your parents checked in and how much input they gave you on your life choices. Now, sometimes, you kind of miss being babied. They’ve backed off because you’re in your thirties but, you don’t need their guidance any less.
Yes, your friends were all up in your business in your twenties. There was a group text thread that never stopped beeping. Your friends wanted all of your updates all of the time and they couldn’t be alone for 24 hours. But now that your friends are nowhere to be found because they’re married with kids, you miss the days when they were always by your side.
Getting winked at/cat called
Remember how disgusted you’d be when men would wink at you or cat call you from a car window? You thought nothing could bother you more…until they stopped paying attention. It turns out that that is much worse.
Only affording fast food
You couldn’t afford the oyster bars and steakhouses in your twenties. You had no choice but to eat tons of fast food. Now, however, you have no choice but to eat expensive, ultra-healthy food because your metabolism can’t handle cheap food.
Today, you probably do not know for the life of you why you cared if someone ID’d you in your twenties. Remember—they didn’t ID you because you looked under 21. They ID’d you because you looked under 30 (that’s the protocol in most states). So, when they stop IDing you it’s because you look decidedly over 30.
Drinking bad alcohol
You were limited to plastic handles and really bad wine in your twenties—it’s all you could afford. But, that was okay because you also could afford the hangovers that came the next day aka you didn’t really get hangovers. Now you’re forced to buy the nicest alcohol or else you’ll pay for it in another way the next day.
The ups and downs of dating
You were so exhausted by the ups and downs of meeting someone, having your hopes up, getting disappointed, or actually liking the person, and having them not like you. Were you in a casual hookup thing sometimes? Or a relationship? It was all so confusing! But now, you kind of miss the excitement of it all. You’ve become picky, and perhaps a bit disillusioned. Or, maybe you’re in a long-term relationship with someone you love but most days are predictable.