Your 20s vs Your 30s

21 May 2014

When you're in your 20s, you think your 20s will last forever. But before you know it, you hit the big 3-0 and suddenly realise that life looks nothing like you expected it would.

In your 20s:

1. There is no rush

20s are your years for exploring the world, figuring out what you want to do and living for you - and you only.

2. You don’t want a ‘real job’ just yet

You want to work enough to earn money to pay for trips to Ibiza and Glastonbury tickets, but not so many hours that it cuts into meals with friends and impromptu incredible nights out.

3. Plenty of fish in the sea

You try speed dating, you have romantic holiday flings, but everyone is just looking for a good time and a whirlwind romance. There are lots of fish in the sea, so you need to figure out if you’re more of a sea bass or cod kind of person!

4. The world is a lot more accessible

Whether you live through social media, youtube clips or actually get on a plane and go travelling for months on end, the world is at your doorstep. While you have cash in your pocket and no commitments you intend to see as much of it as you can.

In your 30s:

You're twenty, loving life and then BOOM(!!!) before you know it you turn thirty. That very morning you wake up and realise that life insurance is something you're actually keen to discuss.

1. You will turn into your parents

As much as you try and avoid it, you suddenly find yourself gardening, moaning about the noisy kids next door and making groaning noises when you try to stand up… It WILL happen!

2. Packed lunch just suddenly seems more economical

Mortgage, car, insurance – they’re not cheap. Before you know it your cupboards are full of Tupperware and the street food market is just a no-go as it's NOT ECONOMICAL!

3. Staying in seems more acceptable

You have everything you need at home, so why on earth go out! Right? Standing in a queue outside a club in the cold seems like the worst thing you could do when you have comfy clothes and a takeaway waiting for you at home with Made in Chelsea on catch up. Hello virtual social life!

4. The internal body clock starts ticking

Your Facebook becomes full of children and weddings and the pressure starts to mount and you suddenly realise... You're one of them now. You’re old(er).

To sum up? Well, you just make the most of it and never rush to grow up!