Dirty 30 doesn’t have to feel all that bad.
Dearly departed, we are gathered here today to mourn the loss of our 20s. Ok, ok, calm down! All jokes aside, congratulations, you are turning 30 years old! And no, I’m not being sarcastic.
For some people, turning 30 can certainly feel like a version of death — the death of our youth. The end of an era. Sounds morbid right? That’s because it is. Let me explain…
It’s not turning 30 years old that is the sad part; it’s the outlook that somehow no longer being in your 20’s means your life doesn’t hold the same value anymore. Especially for women — sexist double standards can make turning 30 feel extra hard for us.
As someone who has ‘crossed over’ though, I can tell you that the horrible part of turning 30 years old only exists in our minds. It’s literally just a number.
You don’t become 30 and all of a sudden morph into a 2018 version of one of the Golden Girls.
Your 30’s will be an exciting time of your life…if you allow it to be. Treating it like a death sentence is no way to live your life.
I get it though. Our society values youth like it’s the the biggest Black Friday sale in town. We need it. We just have to have it.
You know what turning 30 really means? It means that you are growing up. It’s a privilege to still be here on Earth, because as we all know, the opposite is actual death.
Unfortunately, you can’t control the comments and opinions of others — and believe me, everyone will have their opinions. Maybe you’re not where you want to be in life yet. That’s fine. No one’s life is perfect — even those who we think have it together.
The best way to celebrate this milestone birthday is with excitement, gratitude, and definitely a good sense of humor.
Approaching your 30th birthday can be a time of joy, major life changes, or even sheer agony.
No matter your outlook on turning the big 3-0, here are some funny 30th birthday memes and totally relatable quotes about turning 30 years old:
1. Whose age is it anyway?
“Welcome to your 30’s, where every weekend is a baby shower and the hangovers last for two days.”
2. Thinking about turning 30 seemed like a fairy tale when we were kids.
“Welcome to the age your childhood self couldn’t even fathom. Happy 30th.”
3. It’s true — your body will start hurting in places you didn’t know possible.
“Welcome to your 30’s: where all your friends have babies, body parts hurt for no reason and being asleep by 9 p.m. is the regular routine, even on weekends.”
4. …And I shall have many of these anniversaries.
“I’m not 30. It’s my 1st anniversary of my 29th bithday.”
5. How everyone should be greeted on their 30th birthday.
“Hey girl, happy 30th birthday! You just keep getting more amazing.”
6. Yes, you SHOULD be excited!
“I can’t keep calm. It’s my 30th birthday!”
7. This is completely accurate.
“Here’s to being 30! Where a night of drinking requires more recovery time than minor surgery.”
8. Wait, 30 is middle-aged?!
“The only time you really live fully is from 30 to 60. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.” — Hervey Allen
9. Definitely 30.
“I’m 30 but I still feel like I’m 20…until I hang out with 20 year olds. Then I’m like no, never mind, I’m 30.”
10. The age of ‘adulting’.
“Thirty was so strange for me. I’ve really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult.” — C.S. Lewis
11. That’s right.
“‘You’re still a rockstar’ I whisper to myself as I take my multivitamin and climb in bed at 9:45.”
12. When you’re 30 and still single.
“People be like ‘I’m engaged!’ ‘I’m getting married!’ and I’m like ‘Damn, I’m turning 30!'”
13. The end is near.
“Turning 30 like: I can feel myself rotting.”
14. That in-between age.
“Too old for Snapchat. Too young for Life Alert.”
15. So true!
“Everyone you meet always ask if you have a career, are married or own a house as if life was some kind of grocery list. But no one ever asks if you are happy.”
16. The sad truth.
“The dating pool in your 30’s”
17. On Wednesdays, we wear pink.
“I have an important birthday coming up and this is what I have to keep reminding myself: I’m not like a regular 30 year-old. I’m a cool 30 year-old!”
18. It’s not all bad news.
“People having babies…and I’m like…what country am I going to next?”
19. Being proud of who you are and what you have accomplished.
“I think I like who I am becoming.”
20. Never settle.
“Inside every thirty year old is an eighteen year old asking, ‘what happened?'”
21. Looking on the bright side.
“Congratulations on being one year closer to a senior citizen’s discount at the movies.”
22. …Or in this case 2008.
“When someone says ‘ten years ago’ I think about the 90’s not 2006”
23. Yes, 10:00 p.m. is just too late now.
“You know you’re old when you go to bed at the time you used to go out.”
24. This is another way to describe turning 30.
“I’m ‘it’s 8:30 and you want to start a movie this late?’ years old.
25. We’re basically a fine wine.
“Until she turns 30, a woman looks younger day by day. After 30, a woman is downright gorgeous!”
26. Yeah, but the bites aren’t so fun.
“I don’t care what people think of me. At least mosquitoes find me attractive.”
27. Seriously though!
“How can you say we are old after 30?? We JUST became women! Like anyone took us seriously in our 20’s….pshhh.”
28. Good point.
“At least you’re not turning 31.”
29. Eventually I’m going to be next day delivery status.
“I’ve decided I’m not old. I’m 25 plus shipping and handling.”
30. 30? Who’s 30? Not me.
“I will be 29 until further notice.”
Jill Zwarensteyn is a writer and Michigan native. When she’s not writing, Jill enjoys Zumba class, travel, and referencing classic Seinfeld episodes.