For the most part, I actually enjoy being in my 30’s more than being in my 20’s. I feel more confident in myself and my place in life than I did in my 20’s. And there’s something to be said for growing older and not being called a kid any more. There are definitely differences between the 20’s and the 30’s and some of them are kinda weird.
When someone tells you that a new haircut makes you look younger, it’s a compliment. I can remember being told this in my early 20s and being so disappointed. Younger then meant I looked like a teenager when I wanted to look like a grown-up. Now, I’ll happily take something that makes me look even a year or two younger.
Getting carded only happens when a supervisor is watching or someone is aiming for a tip. Granted, the law around here states that anyone who appears under 40 will be carded so it’s not really that they think I’m 20 or younger, but they just don’t quite believe I’m 40. But still, I’m usually not carded unless the person asking is afraid their supervisor is watching or they think they’ll offend me.
Exercise is now a necessity, not just something to do to lose weight. It used to be that I’d exercise on a pretty regular basis, but I didn’t need an intense workout schedule unless I was trying to lose a few pounds. I could lose those pounds and then go back to my regular schedule. But now, I need to exercise all the time just to maintain. Losing is an entirely different level of intense.
Avoiding foods isn’t just about the calories. I did use to pay at least a little bit of attention to the calories in foods(though I would sometimes eat an entire pan of brownies because my metabolism allowed it, unlike now when half a brownie can mean my pants won’t fit the next morning). But now, it’s about how much pain I’ll be in if I eat something that won’t digest all that well or will give me heartburn.
10:00 PM is late. I might not be asleep by then, but I certainly don’t want to head out then. If we’re out at that hour, we’re tired(except for maybe the occasional planned special event, though we’re probably still tired). And if our phone rings after 10, we assume something is wrong.