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
8 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
8 months ago

I HATE it when shops revamp and rearrange things.

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Nicola Roberts
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8 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
8 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
8 months ago

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

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Chris
Community Member
8 months ago

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

J. Normal
Community Member
8 months ago

Midnight if I take a nap.

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Tara
Community Member
8 months ago

Yes. All nighters now include binge watching

Sterrinatu
Community Member
8 months ago

Clubs!? I can't even stand when the music is too loud at the grocery store

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

If I wasn't DOING something I wasn't happy. Now doing nothing is everything!but with a book.

F. H.
Community Member
8 months ago

I never enjoyed that. Now that I'm growing older, everyone around me is just picking up my habits.

tuzdayschild
Community Member
8 months ago

I was born old. Never liked clubs.

Daria B
Community Member
8 months ago

Never was a fan of discoteques (clubs) anyway.

Vic
Community Member
8 months ago

I come from a city that is known for its clubs and pubs culture, yet I've never been to one. And people stare at me like I'm some kind of abomination when I tell them this... 😂🙂

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S
Community Member
8 months ago

I'm 26 and I'm all about some pjs, netflix and wine on my couch with my fiance and my dog on a Friday night. Usually end up falling asleep around 10pm.

El Dee
Community Member
8 months ago

Try a stint of being single in your 40s - it is EXHAUSTING!

Linda Something
Community Member
8 months ago

Used to live in the city going out partying all the time. Now I live with my husband in a house outside the city and I love staying home! Maybe have a glass of wine with a neighbour at the most.

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
Community Member
8 months ago

Wait so am I secretly 40

L McN
Community Member
8 months ago

Still a night owl, but finding it more difficult to stay up as late

Ed Souza
Community Member
8 months ago

I still enjoy going to a pub with friends. But clubbing days are done.

jamie1707
Community Member
8 months ago

I can't remember the last time I was in a bar/club as a customer - it had to be when I was in my late 20's. It doesn't count if you are bar tending, which I've done part time/off and on since I was a teen. I just can't picture myself on the other side of the bar.

Renee Gauthier
Community Member
8 months ago

Nope, don't care for sitting around watching TV. I'm lucky I'm in a small town where there is a lot of live free & cheap music, so we sometimes ride our bikes downtown to hear it. TV is just for putting me to sleep. Even movies are not as fun since it seems like they're just repeating the same stories. I do go out late once a weekend to hear music but I'm only good for about 4 hours & then it's go home & munch out.

Carolyn Walker
Community Member
8 months ago

I totally do the 3am thing with Netflix, Hulu or dvd's with my 2 young but adult daughters. We're all night owls.

Effseven Six
Community Member
8 months ago

Hahahah. Yep. 10 pm. I'm in bed.

Jennifer Sacrison
Community Member
8 months ago

Soooooo true!!! Except it's more like 12am for me.

Shull GaRett
Community Member
8 months ago

I didnt like leaving house after 10pm even when i was young... i mean leaving the PC alone?!

Kiro
Community Member
8 months ago

That's already me.

So Dou
Community Member
8 months ago

After having kids... I just want at least 6 hours of sleep so I can be a decent mom!!!

Emerald Joanna
Community Member
8 months ago

Erm, I don't want to leave the house after 7pm...

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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
8 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
8 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
8 months ago (edited)

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

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me
Community Member
8 months ago

Good socks are the best Christmas present!!

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Renee Gauthier
Community Member
8 months ago

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

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Daria B
Community Member
8 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
8 months ago

All of this is true...

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Iggy
Community Member
8 months ago

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

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Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
Community Member
8 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
8 months ago

Same for young people. (Or at least me)

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Brandy Grote
Community Member
8 months ago

Truth! So many baby faces!

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L McN
Community Member
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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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me
Community Member
8 months ago

Grey pube threw me off.

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Laugh Fan
Community Member
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 months ago

My shoulders on down sound like rice krispies.

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CbusResident
Community Member
8 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
8 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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Roald Andresen
Community Member
8 months ago

It sounds like a joke, but... Scientists have actually showed that music made the last decade is less varied than music from earlier decades. I wish I had remembered to write down the link to the article, but I tend to forget.

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