By the staff of Ronald McDonald House Charities Southern & Central Alberta
Is it just us, or does life keep getting better the older you get? Turning 30 is no small feat and we are welcoming it with open arms. This week, Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta is turning the big three-oh. To celebrate, we’ve asked our staff to tell us what turning 30 is all about.
What is the best part about turning 30?
“I respectfully decline to answer these questions. I just turned the big 2-9 this year and plan on staying this age for the rest of my life. Therefore I cannot offer any experience on being 30 as I plan on never being that age”.
“The world tends to take you more seriously at age 30 because it is expected that you are now an adult”.
“When you’re 30, you’re no longer a student and it’s exciting to be at the beginning of a career with lots of possibilities ahead of you. Usually you’re just starting ‘real life’ ie. getting own place, living with a partner and maybe starting a family. You are now truly an ‘adult’ and can direct your life the way you want it to be, there are so very many amazing things to look forward to and work towards”.
“The best part is having that confidence”.
“Really feeling settled and happy in life”.
“Turning 30 was the best thing that happened to me. I said good bye to toxic friendships and worrying about stupid things and HELLO to figuring out what made me happy and who I wanted to be. I added colour to my wardrobe and stopped dressing like all my friends, I realized my best friend was my mom and I was no longer afraid to turn off my phone and spend a Friday night in by myself watching black and white movies and eating sushi. If this is 30… I can’t wait for 40!”
What advice do you have about turning 30?
“As I watch my older siblings and parents reach milestones in their age, I have come to learn age is a frame of mind. My brother has switched careers at 30, my mother went back to school and switched careers in her mid 40s and my father has transitioned his career in his late 50s. Be more adaptable in your 30s, there’s a lot of life to live”.
“Advice for 30, knuckle down and get to work on your family and career. Leave the play time in your 20’s but remember, you haven’t died yet, so build some fun into your years”.
“You don’t need all that ‘stuff’, take advantage of all the opportunities, travel as much as you can, learn to budget and keep within it so that you don’t lead a life of financial stress, live without fear”.
“If you set up a goal, work hard and go for it”.
“Have your RRSP plan started”.
What do you remember about turning 30?
“The seriousness of the number. No more kidding around”.
“The excitement and the wide open options for how I want to live my life”.
“We moved into our first House and I was pregnant”.
What are you most looking forward to when you turn 30?
“I am most looking forward to – hopefully looking old enough so I don’t get ID’d anymore at bars or liquor stores!”
“At 30, I look forward to being surrounded by my family. I hope by that time I will have nieces and nephews to shower me with love and call me old”.
“I never thought about it. The expectation of being a responsible member of the grow up crowd was daunting”.
“I’m looking forward to knowing exactly who I am and not caring about what everyone else is going to think about It”
“I CAN HARDLY WAIT!”