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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Anna Ledwońska
Community Member
10 months ago

This is such a good thing. I totally don't give a fuck and I cannot believe now what made me uncomfortable and how I cared about every stupid shit in youth.

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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
Community Member
10 months ago

I HATE it when shops revamp and rearrange things.

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Nicola Roberts
Community Member
10 months 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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Brandy Grote
Community Member
10 months ago

I find it's come full circle, and the genre I enjoy - heavy metal - is thriving with amazing new bands and sounds.

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I’m Foxxy and I know it 😉
Community Member
10 months ago

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

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Chris
Community Member
10 months ago

Staying up at 3am? No thank you. 9:30 at a stretch.

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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 😉
Community Member
10 months 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
Community Member
10 months 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
10 months ago (edited)

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

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Laugh Fan
Community Member
10 months ago

Got some great dog-face socks with ears that stick up for Christmas!! It's boring socks that are bad - warm, fluffy, quality or fun socks are wonderful.

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Renee Gauthier
Community Member
10 months ago

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

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Daria B
Community Member
10 months 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
10 months ago

All of this is true...

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Iggy
Community Member
10 months ago

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

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Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
Community Member
10 months ago

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

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Bored Cat
Community Member
10 months ago

Same for young people. (Or at least me)

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Brandy Grote
Community Member
10 months ago

Truth! So many baby faces!

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L McN
Community Member
10 months 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
10 months 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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Renee Gauthier
Community Member
10 months ago

I've been worrying about this since elementary school LOL so I'm prepared. However, doctors are getting younger and cops too. I was a little shaken when being pulled over one day, and when the cop came up to my window, I calmed down since he looked like he was 12. But he was very nice to an old lady. If only he knew.

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Deborah HUGHES
Community Member
10 months ago

I have to call my cell phone number on my landline phone just to locate it....only to realize it is as actually laying next to me...dear lord.

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Iggy
Community Member
10 months ago

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

Peta_C
Community Member
10 months ago

My grey eyebrow hair just makes me angry. Just...just stop!!

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
10 months ago

Or accept the fact that this is what happens in life and to everyone. Then you can just move on.

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B
Community Member
10 months ago

First grey hair made me lunge for the tweezers. Now there aren't enough tweezers in the world. Plus, I'm not so big on lunging anymore.

Donna Leske
Community Member
10 months ago

I had a teacher for ceramics in high school; Mr. Vaaler, wonderful nice guy. He had the most intriguing loooooong eyebrow hairs. You know where I'm going with this. Now I have them. I'm female. Seriously long. I refuse to cut them.

WillemPenn
Community Member
10 months ago

So Elizabeth Warren's husband was one of my professors. His eyebrows were legendary. They looked like exotic caterpillars. Long with the curling ends. He was an amazing professor, really kind, brilliant, genuine and DGAF what people thought about the brows. At my age I now have the brows and my stylist is always trying to shave then off and I say no. He asks why and I say, because I want to be the Mann. And I don't care that he doesn't get my inside joke.

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
10 months ago

Pluck it out and delete it from your memory?

Christine M Quigley
Community Member
10 months ago

How about the first white eyelash??!!

JoAnn Rozwood
Community Member
10 months ago

Laughed out loud over this one!

Matthew Chancellor
Community Member
10 months ago

Lmao. Love it.

Dolevaal
Community Member
10 months ago

Same. I had my first grey hairs when I hit 30 and they're pissing me off.

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Laugh Fan
Community Member
10 months ago

For me it's not so much the falling but the inability to get up again due to the impact and shock. I have balance problems (nothing to do with age) so do end up kissing the ground more often than I would like to. Don't ping back up like I used to. ☹

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Dilly Millandry
Community Member
10 months ago

Background music on tv that you have to turn down and dialogue which you have to keep turning up. WHY? I'm not sure that's entirely my ears at fault.

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athornedrose
Community Member
10 months 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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Ronel du Plessis
Community Member
10 months ago

My husband loves saying " I can't even remember what I had for breakfast, now you want me to remember things from way back?"

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Olivia Masterson
Community Member
10 months ago

My shoulders on down sound like rice krispies.

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CbusResident
Community Member
10 months ago

We in our 30s shouldn't complain yet either. People in their 60s would laugh at our minor 'aging' complaints compared to their far more serious ones.

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Anna Ledwońska
Community Member
10 months 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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Tara
Community Member
10 months ago

Losing weight? What on Earth is that?

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