It’s an exorable truth that comes to all generations and is now being realized by millennials: we’re getting older. Gone are the days of all-night partying without having to suffer a hangover as a consequence (nowadays the hangovers are intense enough to measure on the Richter scale), spending entire days watching TV, and crashing at random friends’ places (if you’re sleeping on somebody’s couch you’re probably going through a breakup). It’s not all bad though. As you edge closer to your 30s you realize that, while you might not be as young as you were, you’ve got some things going for you: a stable job, a decent income, and a self-assuredness that definitely wasn’t around in your early 20s. That being said there are a number of things you’ll have accomplished by the time 30 rolls around, and a number that are optional (but pretty essential extras); we’ll take a look at them below.
A full set of pots and pans
Still eating instant ramen with some spice for extra flavor? We hope not. Not only is it bad for you, but by now you should have developed some decent cooking skills and should be beyond having to resort to microwave meals when you get home from work. Good food is important, and a full set of pots and pans will open up a whole new avenue of cooking and recipes that you were never able to consider before. It’s also essential if you’re planning on cooking dinner for some friends
A comfortable mattress
Remember the couch surfing we talked about earlier? Yeah, unfortunately that’s still out. As you get older you should be taking your health into consideration and the way you sleep definitely falls under that umbrella. Having an old, crooked mattress is detrimental to your back as well as your general wellbeing. You can’t really stress the importance of sleep enough, especially considering it’s something that you do for a third of your life. But as a millennial this is an easy fix. There are a bunch of online mattress sellers out there – Eve being a good example – that can deliver mattresses directly to your door, so you don’t even have to leave the house.
A decent winter coat
At a certain point you’re going to realize that shopping for clothing is about quality and not quantity. A decent winter coat is going to last you many years and you’re probably going to have to shell out a decent amount for it. The reason being it’s made of superior materials and craftsmanship than the one you bought at Walmart when you were in college. Generally you’re going to want something tailored and classic so that it goes with as many outfits as possible, and that will still look current even after a few years.
A set of tools
Once you move out of your parents’ house you’re on your own. Whether you’re a homeowner (but let’s not kid ourselves here, this is an unlikely scenario) or simply renting, having a set of tools around the house means you’ll no longer have to call up a handyman for the slightly problem. This doesn’t mean you have to invest in the latest and greatest range, but having a few screwdrivers of different sizes, an adjustable wrench, a hammer and some pliers will go a long way to helping to solve some of the most common DIY tasks.
This might the hardest goal to have achieved on this list, but by 30 you should have some sort of plan with regards to the direction you intend your life to head in. This may be career-based or family-based, but it’s important that you’re aware of what you intend to do with the rest of your life. Maybe you’d like kids, maybe you’re looking for new ways to save money for a house, or perhaps you’d like to start up that company you’ve had an idea for for years. For most people this is the hardest thing to decide. Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be rigid; people change and so too do their plans.