Turning 30 is a milestone in itself. Passing the twenty-something stage—a rather troublesome phase in any individual’s life—is something to commend. Reaching 30 is the best time to assess where you stand in life. At this point, you are expected to have attained certain goals or at least be well on your way to achieving them. Some dread this stage, while others look forward to it. If you’re pushing 30, take a minute to evaluate your life. Our list of milestones you should reach by 30 might just help.
Having a fuller sense of self
By 30, you should already have a clear idea of who you are, what you’re good at, what your limitations are, and what else you can achieve. The experiences you’ve acquired over the years have taught you all these things. At this stage, you need not look for validation from your boss, family, or friends. You should be self-sufficient in short.
Learning to make sound and practical judgments
It’s time to say goodbye to hasty decisions and immature actions. Turning 30 requires a more mature and critical way of living. All the mistakes you made in the past are forgivable, but you should use the lessons you learned to not commit the same errors again. If you’re a happy-go-lucky person, perhaps it’s time to slow down and think more about the future.
Seeing a clear vision of and path to your desired future
In your twenties, you might have felt lost. This is a normal phase. By 30, however, you should have a solid grasp of what you want to happen in your life. Do you plan on putting up your own business? Are you thinking of starting a family? Would you like to move to a different place for a career you want to establish? You should also have a feasible game plan to achieve your dreams.
Being in a stable relationship
No more jumping from one meaningless relationship to another. In your 30s, you should already know what you want in a partner. And you should also know better to not waste your time on people and relationships that have no future. Don’t settle for just anyone, and find someone who is worthy of your time, effort, and love.
Knowing who your real friends are
The older we get, the more supposed friends we weed out. By 30, you should already know who your true friends are. These are the people who have been with you through both good and bad. Don’t feel pressured to keep all your friends. Some friendships just naturally fall out because people inevitably change. At this stage, stick to the people you effortlessly jive with.
Having a better relationship with your family
It’s time to settle conflicts and differences in your family. Your parents are not getting any younger, and your siblings have also matured over time. Turning 30 is the best stage to reconnect with your family. You can show them how much you’ve changed for the better. If you’ve been wanting to be treated like an adult by your folks, for example, 30 is the best time.
Finding the job you love and establishing a career
After all the stressful jobs you’ve had and countless the interviews you’ve been to, it’s time to snag your dream job. You already have a lot of experience, and your skin has toughened after years of being in the work force. Go for the position you’ve always wanted in the company of your dreams. If you’ve been contemplating putting up your own business venture, get started now.
Discovering your advocacy
Aside from establishing a career, you should also work towards something that enriches your soul. Align your skills and hobbies with an advocacy where you can help more people. It can be through teaching homeless kids, organizing book drives, or partnering with social entrepreneurs. Doing so will bring you a different and incomparable sense of fulfillment.
Becoming financially stable
By 30, you are expected to have saved up a good amount of money. By this time, you should also be already fully independent. In your thirties, you have to be smarter about money. All the financial mistakes you committed in your twenties might still be giving you a hard time, but you can remedy them with wise spending and saving.
Acquiring your first property
It can be your own place, your own car, or your own business. Make it a goal to acquire your first property by the time you turn 30. Investing early will let you establish a more stable and secure life earlier, too. You will also have something to proudly call your own, something you worked really hard for.