As much as advertising would have you believe that when you turn 30, you quit interacting with anybody other than your government-issued spouse and your hobbies narrow to leisurely jogging or preparing months in advance to do taxes, most people find that not much actually changes when they enter the new decade. Or so they think. In this thread on Twitter, people are revealing that while not all the ominous warnings they heard about aging are true, there are some of them that are, and they start early.

Here are some observations from people who are just reaching the big 3-0 and finding out what it has to offer, like the fact that even if you still feel like a teenage imposter in an adult suit, talking to an actual teenager will make you feel like your cultural literacy is a distant memory. Meanwhile, people who have been there and done that have some wisdom (and TMI) to impart.

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 year ago

I'll go happily in dollar stores in my flannel pj bottoms and not care. But not Wal-Mart , yet. I'll save that for when I'm 50.

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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
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1 year ago

I HATE it when shops revamp and rearrange things.

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Nicola Roberts
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1 year ago

Hahaha absolutely! When did I replace the washing machine was it last year or 8 years ago? The concept of time is relative!

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Until now, studies have overwhelmingly shown that in old age, people look back on their 30s as being the best decade of their lives, with various studies trying to estimate the optimal year at 33, 35 and 38.

This trend might be thrown off now that the generation in their 30s, or getting there in the next few years, are millennials, many of whom would laugh at the idea of the financial stability and positive work-life balance that earlier generations cite as the foundation that allowed them to spend their 30s on what they truly enjoyed.

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Daria B
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1 year ago

In my case, I'm kinda disappointed how it all sounds so tame. Musically, of course, lyrics are a different story. Keeping in mind how Beatles were considered "not music, just noise", and it became only "worse" by each decade, after the 2000s, they just gave up on noisy distortions. Too bad. (Btw, I like a huge variety of music styles, I was just very curious what would be more extreme than, say, Atari Teenage Riot, or the song Shock D.N.A. by Mach 1.67. And I love both of these.)

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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
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1 year ago

You start to feel pain in places you didn’t know you could.

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Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

Never was a fan of discoteques (clubs) anyway.

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There is one thing that seems to be a universal experience after making it several decades into life, and that’s being baffled that people who were in diapers when you were in high school are now old enough to drive, vote, and call the music you listened to as a teen “oldies.” And if that makes you want to drink to forget, you had better think twice, unless you want to be glued to your bed for two days.

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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
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1 year ago (edited)

So very true. Doesn’t help that shops have already brought in Easter eggs and hot cross buns.

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Vivek Mhatre
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1 year ago

Kids commiting the same mistakes we did. Telling them not to do it only "encourages" them.

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Vintage is a great word until your own youth is in that category.

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 year ago

Can't go wrong with socks and blankets.

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Renee Gauthier
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm 57 & still feel like I'm playing grown-up.

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Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Add cultural differences to this and it becomes even worse. Here in Korea I tell them my birth year and let them to the maths.

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MomaBear
Community Member
1 year ago

All of this is true...

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Iggy
Community Member
1 year ago

I wish the hair on my head grew even half as quickly!

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Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
Community Member
1 year ago

At least you could finish it. You are half way dead during eating once you reach 40.

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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
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1 year ago

It’s sucky, that’s what.

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Brandy Grote
Community Member
1 year ago

Truth! So many baby faces!

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L McN
Community Member
1 year ago

I got....round. Entirely my fault. I blame nobody but me! And I still enjoy my food, but more carefully since I prefer to live. But damn it, I used to be able to breathe and lose the weight, now it takes a miracle for every ounce....

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

The last 7 or 8 years I have really enjoyed it getting dark in the winter. Come 6 pm "it's dark kids, bedtime!" And we all pile up early and watch Netflix or read. I hate it when it's still sunny at 8 pm.

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Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
1 year ago

Hate to go to a doctor because they're all young punks but when you Google your symptoms you're convinced you're gonna die within the hour.

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Gogubaci
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm almost 38 and I still hate brussels sprouts and asparagus with passion

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Iggy
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm in stitches here! That's the best one! :-D

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Anna Ledwońska
Community Member
1 year ago

Dear God...

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Stille20
Community Member
1 year ago

WHY!? Im not an anxious person, but being borderline plus size, between the music, the decor and the tiny sizing, some clothing stores sent me into a panic attack. Thank GOD for internet shopping!

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athornedrose
Community Member
1 year ago

same! i was always like "why are people putting on moisturizer all the time?" and now i keep a spare bottle in my desk at work

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Atlas
Community Member
1 year ago

Straight up forgetting entire days, too. You just wake up and don't remember what you did yesterday, even though it's basically the same thing you're doing today... weird but true.

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lilly nyangweso
Community Member
1 year ago

Lol..me too

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NCC~1701
Community Member
1 year ago

Not as “ridic” as using “ridic”

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Anna Ledwońska
Community Member
1 year ago

And this serious effect on health when you can't sleep one night for some reason (travel, work or smth). In youth - nah, nothing. Now - feeling like I would surely die, week of worst health issues...

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Brandi VanSteenwyk
Community Member
1 year ago

Menopause kicked in WEIGHT GAIN from HELL even though I have changed eating habits for the better.... I just don't understand why Menopause couldn't have happened when I was younger and had a faster metabolism.

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