30 things every woman should have and know by 30?

In 1997, Glamour magazine in 1997 published a 30 things every woman should have and know by 30 list. I must have gotten that list in my email at least 5 times. Apparently a book will be coming out soon with chapters dedicated to each of the themes at least according to HuffPo.

Given that PhD years/career years really peak right around the 30 mark (give or take a few years) I thought the list  was worth sharing. For me the point I loved most is that life begins at 30. Each decade I get through leaves me thinking, wow, so glad I don’t have to do that again. I wouldn’t redo my teenage years and I certainly would gladly skip over the early twenties.

Without further ado, here is the list:

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.

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 email 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.

10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.

11. A set of screwdrivers, 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.
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-grandmothers, and the best tailor in town.

7. How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.

8. Where to go — be it your best friend’s kitchen table or a yoga mat — when your soul needs soothing.

9. That you can’t change the length of your legs, 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

What other lessons have you gathered post thirty? Anything here that’s ridiculous?

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2 thoughts on “30 things every woman should have and know by 30?

  1. Sago

    I was going to have a special mention as to which points resonated but you know what all of them are so true. Life indeed begins at 30. You not only have a grasp but a firm handle on how to live a purpose driven life. Thanks B

  2. Mrs Dr.D

    Thanks Sago…my first thought with the first item was fewks, I married him….lol! I’d say go on and get that expensive item…marriage brings out the responsible in you, so splurge splurge splurge, at least once (or twice) – I know I did!

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