I keep hearing that your 30’s are your best years. I am approaching my 30’s (11 days away to be exact) so I wasn’t sure if my friends were just telling me that to make me feel better or if it was actually true. After reading this article on People, I am actually believing that 20’s are hell for everyone. Well, at least your late 20’s.
The first half of my 20’s were great. No hangovers, lots of great dates, working out was easier and I could eat whatever I wanted with no consequence. Let me tell you, after about 26 things CHANGED. I haven’t gone on a good date in years (since when do guys just stop talking to you with zero warning?), I have to workout and eat healthy to see any changes, I can’t drink two days in a row and my hangovers last that long. The thought of being out of my 20’s scares me, but hearing what these ladies had to say helped a lot.
“I thought I knew everything about love and relationships in my 20s. The ignorance of youth is bliss. As you get older, you start to realize that you don’t really know anything and life is a great traveling journey. Life is unexpected … you just never know what’s going to happen.” -Reese Witherspoon
“I wouldn’t give anything to go back to my 20s; I’m so much more grounded. And I’ve learned a lot of lessons — patience, the art of saying no, that everything doesn’t have to end in marriage. That your education can start now.” – Katy Perry
“Believe me, the clarity and the wisdom that comes with age and time, there’s no substitute for it. By the time you’re in your 30s, you’ll be the most comfortable in your skin than you’ve ever been. You’ll know who you are, you’ll know what you want. You’ll go through lulls in your career and your personal life and it will all build your character.” -Mandy Moore
“Every woman in her late 20s goes through a period where she just doesn’t believe love is out there anymore, but it is. And I think the minute you stop looking for it is when it comes for you.” -Kristen Bell
“When I was in my 20s, I was a lost soul. Your 20s are about finding your soul.” -Oprah
“I’m actually happier with my body now … because the body I have now is the body I’ve worked for. I have a better relationship with it. From a purely aesthetic point of view, my body was better when I was 22, 23. But I didn’t enjoy it. I was too busy comparing it to everyone else’s.” -Cindy Crawford
“In my 20s all I wanted was to prove to myself and to whomever that I could be known as a dramatic actress and I think once I hit 30, or somewhere in there, I started to feel like, ‘Oh my God. What am I trying to prove to myself or to this town.’ ” – Anna Faris
“You kind of think like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m 30. My 20s were the best!’ But 20s are kind of hard. Thirties are the best.” -Kristen Wiig
“The 20s? My title for that period of my life would be, ‘It was the Worst of Times, It Was the Worst of Times … ‘ Did I mention it was the hardest time of my life?” -Lisa Kudrow
“Your 20s were for ‘ducking up,’ as my auto-correct would say, and learning from those mistakes. Now you get to live with that knowledge under your belt … I’m hitting a major milestone: 30, or as I like to call it, the Cut the Bullshit and Go Be Awesome stage.” -Olivia Wilde
“When I look at my 20s, or when I look at any period in my life, I think about how much time I’ve wasted trying to find the right man. It’s like, if I could go back and do it again, I would have taken guitar lessons or something. I would have put my energy into something that paid off in the end, instead of trying to improve myself for men. Oh, the time and the energy, trying to impress somebody who was actually a big jerk.” -Amy Adams
“It felt like if my 20s were — you know those Reebok Pumps? If my 20s were pumping it, then my 30s were like the release button. It was amazing. I’m 32 now, and everything they tell you is true: You just kind of chill out; you become more yourself. It has been a very welcome shift.” -Lizzy Caplan