35 Reflections on Turning 35

Birthdays. They just keep on coming around.

[mks_boxquote align=”left” width=”150″ arrow=”0″]Despite the initial fear of turning 35, I am much happier and more confident now than I ever could have imagined in my twenties[/mks_boxquote]Remember when you were a kid and it felt like your birthday would never arrive? And that you just couldn’t wait until you were as old as your eldest sibling, who gets to do whatever they want? Birthdays are pretty exciting until you realise that they are starting to get closer and closer together. Until the candles no longer fit on the cake. Until you reach an age that you clearly remember celebrating with your parents. Then it starts to get scary.

I celebrated my birthday last weekend and have pretty mixed feelings about it. It wasn’t a milestone birthday, and I am certainly not old by any means, but I have probably gone up a bracket on most surveys and questionnaires.

Having spent the last week reflecting on my new age I thought I would celebrate by presenting some pearls of wisdom amassed over thirty, ahem, something years.

  1. My parents still have all the answers.
  2. I am a better cook than I think.
  3. It is always worth paying extra for quality make-up; cheap brands look cheap.
  4. There is nothing more wonderful than getting lost in a good book.
  5. After 31 years of hating winter, I moved to Sweden and loved it…
  6. …but I will never be able to skate or ski.
  7. Saving money is much easier when you learn the difference between want and need.
  8. Following a diet is always difficult.
  9. I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up.
  10. I have very few regrets, but the ones I do all involve people no longer in my life.
  11. My school days, although fun, were definitely not the best days of my life. Don’t let the fun stop at 16!
  12. Greek cuisine is the food of the gods.
  13. The right size bra is the key to looking good.
  14. There will never be another TV show as good as FRIENDS.
  15. Buying a handbag or pair of shoes that costs more than your rent is insane.
  16. Sunshine makes everything better.
  17. Fear of flying increases with age.
  18. Having a weekly massage should be compulsory.
  19. There is absolutely nothing wrong with preferring chocolate milk to alcohol.
  20. It is impossible to function on less than 8 hours’ sleep once you pass your twenties.
  21. Speaking of which, nothing good ever happens after 1am once you reach your 30s.
  22. Travelling is my drug – nothing beats the high of getting away somewhere new.
  23. Life is too short to give up chocolate. Or cake.
  24. Getting into debt is a valuable learning experience, but shouldn’t happen more than once.
  25. There is still time to learn something new, no matter how old you are.
  26. Texting is making teenagers illiterate.
  27. Unless something breaking is happening, news reports should not be televised every hour on every channel.
  28. Receiving a hand-written letter is way better than receiving an email.
  29. Going on a boat is always exciting.
  30. Paradise is walking barefoot on warm sand.
  31. Everything tastes better with cheese.
  32. No matter how many times I see the Northern Lights I’ll still want to see them again.
  33. Most of the viral shares on FB are hoaxes and people who share them without checking make themselves look stupid.
  34. Water is the best health and beauty product there is.
  35. Tanned skin looks great, but skin cancer is not. Always use sunscreen—your thirty-something-year-old skin will thank you!

Despite the fear I felt on my birthday, I have now calmed back down enough to remember that age really is simply a number and that you are only as old as you feel. I am much happier and more confident in my thirties than I ever could have imagined in my twenties.

What would you add to my list? Feel free to leave a comment below!

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Runaway Brit


  1. posted by
    Feb 17, 2014 Reply

    Some great reflections – my favourites are ‘parents still have all the answers’ and ‘sunshine makes everything better’ – both so true!

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Feb 23, 2014 Reply

      Yep, particularly the sunshine one. I wrote that at a point when I hadn’t actually seen the sun for almost 2 months. It’s back now and I feel so much better!

  2. posted by
    Feb 19, 2014 Reply

    I’m also much happier and more confident now that I’m in my 30s. It’s amazing what a little life experience and perspective can do!

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Feb 23, 2014 Reply

      It is, isn’t it? I no longer care about what people think about the way I look or dress. I wish I could pass on these lessons to the students I teach, but I guess only age and experience can teach you some things.

  3. posted by
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    Feb 21, 2014 Reply

    SO much appreciated… thanks for the sharing your best views. all are so much nice…

    • posted by
      Runaway Brit
      Feb 23, 2014 Reply

      Thank you for reading 🙂

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