30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know by the Time She’s 30


In 4 days I will turn 23 and a half. It is a scary perspective, as it’s the turning point to 24, which is one year closer to 25 which is closer to 30. And yes, I know that I’ve once told someone who was complaining he felt old that 26 is not old, but I’ve also said that women are considered old while men grow charming.

However, while Dorian Gray had the appearance of eternal youth, time never stopped, even for him. So I will, one day, dreadfully turn 30. For this reason, the Glamour article that the Good Women Project posted today on Facebook talks to me too. Let’s see how close I am to the start of the real fun, as they say that life starts at 30…then they say at 40, 50 and so on so I’m not sure how true it is. Please, make up your mind, I am still convinced my life started at 16, and if I look back to all I’ve done up to now I’d say it’s even almost over, because I have had an impressive life after all.

By 30, you should have:

  1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.
  2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.
  3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.
  4. A purse, a suitcase and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.
  5. A youth you’re content to move beyond. —> not that I am happy to move beyond it, unless it’s going to be twice better at least in my future
  6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.
  7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age—and some money set aside to help fund it.
  8. An e-mail address, a voice mailbox and a bank account—all of which nobody has access to but you.
  9. A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded. —> does crafting it with InDesign count as padded? I’m not sure so let’s assume yes.
  10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.
  11. A set of screwdrivers (sonic?), a cordless drill and a black lace bra.
  12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.
  13. The belief that you deserve it.
  14. A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30.
  15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship and all those other facets of life that do get better. —> I am sure that if I say I have a solid start to my career I will have a major failure within two days.

By 30, you should know:

  1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.
  2. How you feel about having kids.
  3. How to quit a job, break up with a man and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.
  4. When to try harder and when to walk away.
  5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.
  6. The names of: the secretary of state, your great-grandmother and the best tailor in town.
  7. How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.
  8. How to take control of your own birthday.
  9. That you can’t change the length of your calves, the width of your hips or the nature of your parents.
  10. That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.
  11. What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.
  12. That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs or not flossing for very long.
  13. Who you can trust, who you can’t and why you shouldn’t take it personally.
  14. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.
  15. Why they say life begins at 30

Quite a good amount, isn’t it? What was I saying about life being almost over? It doesn’t really look like this but if you think about it it’s 5 years and a half to get 30 from 23 and a half. It’s not little time…I feel old.

Oh, dear. I will retire myself in self-proclaimed Peter Pan syndrome.

Let’s face it. Pierre Bouvier goes well with everything.

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