I’m sure we’ve all heard the saying, 30 is the new 20. This is generally a saying that helps late 20 somethings cope with leaving their “youth and irresponsible” self and growing into their adult, more responsible self. The saying also infers that some how you get another chance at being 20, due to the increasing human life expectancy. Well, it’s time to wake up and smell the cranberry and vodka; 30 isn’t the new 20; it isn’t the new anything; 30 is 30, and that’s that! Clinical psychologist, Meg Jay, suggests 20 somethings should realize that the 20s is “the defining defining of their lives.
The suggestion that 30 is the new 20 gives 20 somethings the false sense that they have another chance to get “it” right. Unfortunately, this is certainly not the case. Other than the fact we’re not promised tomorrow, consider a few things. In our 20s, we’re still learning life, learning who we are, and still accepting of new things. As we get older, we become less and less tolerable of certain things, because we learned a lot of about our lives and what we will and will not tolerate. Also, once we turn 30, “the clock” seems to tick even faster and it starts to seem as if there isn’t enough time in the day to do everything we need to accomplish.
As we grow into our 30s, the realization of our life’s purpose, retirement, career, and more responsibility hits us in the face. We find ourselves raceing towards the finish line, attempting to accomplish things we should have accomplished in our 20s. While in our 20s, we have 10 years to make mistakes, figure out which direction to go, fall in love, etc. Don’t waste away your 20s thinking that 30 is the new 20; therefore you have more time. Live your life with a purpose…this ain’t no dress rehearsal. Give it all you got, right now!! Don’t wait until you’re 30, thinking you have more time. Remember that time waits for no one.