Have you heard of the “30 Before 30” list? It originally started, according to The Huffington Post, when Glamour magazine posted an article in 1997 detailing the 30 things that all women should do or have before they hit the three-decade mark. It has grown to be so popular that Glamour now has a book about the same topic.
Some of the items to have include:
- Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.
- A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.
- 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.
Some of the items to know include:
- That you can’t change the length of your legs, the width of your hips, or the nature of your parents.
- That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs, or not flossing for very long.
- Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.
The list fascinates me, because on the one hand, it sets out a list of perfectly reasonable aspirations…and on the other, it sets out yet another list of items that we as women either succeed or fail at. I know I failed at a lot of the items (here’s my 30th birthday post from two years ago) and I still feel happy and blessed at 32:
“By 30 you should know…How you feel about having kids.”
“How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.”
Never really did. Now I never will.
“Why they say life begins at 30.”
Still don’t know. I feel like my life starts every day, and I think 40 could be even better than 30.
Check out the list and tell me what YOU think about it. What would you add? Does the list need revamping, since it’s halfway to 30 years old itself?