Dear 30-Year-Olds: Stop Saying You’re Old
There may be some groups who make you feel like life ends when your twenties end. Modeling agencies might state that if you haven’t made a career in modeling by, honestly, 22, it will never happen. Beauty companies have you believing that you’re fighting a bitter and rapid war with wrinkles the moment 29 ends. Your parents may begin to panic if you aren’t married by age 30, believing that your time to find a good catch is over now. All of these opinions and pressures can create this idea that life ends at 30. And so, we start to comment on how we are getting old at that age. If anything goes wrong with our bodies, if we don’t get to skip the line at the club, if the guy cat calls our friend and not us, we say, “It’s because I’m thirty.” But it’s actually silly and even a bit insulting to many others to say that. Here is why you aren’t old at age 30.
Ten years ago you couldn’t legally drink
Just a decade ago—ten years ago, which, by the way, only makes up one-third of your life so far—you could not legally order a drink. Well, unless you traveled to another country. But you were still in college, frustrated that you couldn’t get into bars. Your parents still monitored you, to make sure you weren’t drinking. That was just ten years ago.