There seems to be a lot of panic around turning 30. Those who are almost at the iconic age begin to have a total crisis about what they have achieved with their life so far. While it isn’t quite a midlife crisis, it is a crisis that makes you feel like you haven’t achieved everything that you should have achieved by now, which triggers that feeling of panic. To let you in on a little secret, turning 30 is no different to turning 29. It may feel massive, like a whole other life is about to begin, but it really isn’t. Age is just a number, after all.

Asking yourself what you plan to do with the rest of your life isn’t a bad thing to ask yourself, though. However, it doesn’t have to be a crisis. You could have an exciting time planning your next decade and all the things that you want to achieve by that point. It’s all about seeing the positives and acting on them! So, the smart thing to do when the big 3-0 is approaching is to make yourself a list of things you would like to achieve before you get there. Of course, if you’re already on the cusp of this particular milestone, you may want to keep the goals short and sweet!

Socialise. Ideally you would already have a solid group of friends that you lean on in times of fun and sadness. If not, then you need to put yourself out there and learn to make some friends. Get out and network, make a friend and start enjoying a social life outside your partner and your kids. You can do it in business, too, so just extend it to your personal life.

Hobby. It’s easy to find a hobby, the hard part is sticking with it and doing it regularly enough to enjoy it. Join a running club, learn to play piano, qualify as a climbing instructor: if you can see it, you can do it (so says R Kelly!).

Pay Debts. No one wants to approach the next chapter of their life in any kind of debt, so consolidate them all with and free up more of your personal income for those hobbies that we mentioned earlier. You don’t have to be a slave to whoever you owe if you don’t want to be.

Move Away. If you were born and raised in the same town and have never left, pack your bags. Challenge yourself to move to another part of the country – or the world – for at least a year. The experience alone can teach you so much about yourself and what you want for the rest of your life.

Holiday Alone. Most people do all their travelling in their twenties, saving career and family for later. If you’ve done it the other way around, make a point of having a holiday alone in your thirties. Just once, just for the experience.

Turning 30 isn’t scary. Living a life that never has any excitement? That’s just terrifying.


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