Turning 30 is a lot more than an added birthday candle. It’s three decades later and you really need to grow up, or at least pretend to do so. While it’s a good idea to bid goodbye to tantrums and those super low-rise jeans, here is a list of other things (read: habits, items and people) you need to get rid off before you cut that birthday cake.’
I-am-the-center-of-the-universe attitude: There is a center of universe (and it’s not you). So the first thing to do when you cross the 30 milestone is give up on the no-good attitude. You might be the centre of your own universe but not everyone else’s. Get over yourself!
Reversible clothes: Yes they are practical and nice, but no adult can pull them off.
The boyfriend who never calls back: While you spent your 20s experimenting, it’s time to have meaningful relationships. Because honestly, three decades later who really wants all that drama?! Also it’s a good idea to stop stalking him on Facebook.
Midnight noodles: This one is hard, yes, but at 30 it’s time to widen your taste buds and experiment with food that is healthier than 2-minute noodles.
Shoes that hurt: Heels are sexy, but gone are the day when you barely had enough money for food. You are in your 30s and it’s time to splurge and buy those pretty Charles & Keith heels you had your eye on forever.
Little girl shoes: Think chappals with flower motifs or pink ballerinas. While these may be okay to wear on the beach, you definitely can’t show up all over town in these anymore. Instead stock up on cute pointy, grown-up shoes.
Tube tops: All that pulling and adjusting went unnoticed when you were 18, but at 30 you don’t want all that attention. Opt for a slinky camisole instead.
Multiple liquor shots: Remember that one time when you went for a post-work party and ended up in the pool at 4 AM with that guy from the 5th floor? Well, that was then. Now it’s better to stay in your senses, drink some wine and sleep in your own bed.
Friends who are all about the drama: It’s good to be there for your friends, but your 30s is when you are secure about who you are and what you want in life. Use the positivity to get rid of all the extra drama.
Eternal bankruptcy: You might not feel all that embarrassed to borrow money in your 20s or live life on the poor side, but the 30s are when people will start some serious judging. So save up and ensure that your salary stays in four figures till the last day of the month.
Clothes that might fit one day: We all have items in our wardrobe that barely fit but we don’t throw them out in the hope that a good diet and two days at the gym will help. It won’t.
All that junk: Old copies of Seventeen, handwritten love notes, college timetables… all that junk needs to go to one place – the trash can.
The habit of over-thinking everything: There will be people who don’t like you no matter what you do. Deal with it and let it go. Similarly, over-thinking a problem won’t make it any better. Just learn to let things go or be.
One night stands: Unless he is hot, can spell his own name, and has some sort of job other than hanging out at the bar, he is off limits. Choose wisely post 30.
Old mindset: New decade, new rules. Period. Racist, religionist, skinist, or even fashionist… whatever prejudice you had, let it go in your 30s and look at people in an all new light.
Purple lipstick and hair mascara: Unless the office Halloween party is coming up, you need to toss these college companions. Dressing wild in your 30s is best limited to an animal print skirt.
Unpaid bills: Another tough one but now that you are 30 you might want to pay your bills on time. Not only is it a grown up thing to do, but late bill payments can also actually affect your credit ratings for when you want to apply for a loan to buy that dream home.