For many of us, the thirties are a reality check. We suddenly realize that there is SO MUCH we haven’t done yet. Chances are you’ve spent most of the previous 10 to 20 years establishing your career and starting a family, and you’ve likely been laser focused on those things. Sometimes that means we’ve let some of our more personal dreams go by the wayside. But not to worry, you’ve got plenty of time left in your thirties to start ticking off your bucket list. Here are some things you should try now, instead of waiting until you’re older:
If you have the opportunity, travel is great when you’re young and it can be quite enriching as you get older as well, but your thirties are the perfect time to do some globetrotting. You’re probably a bit better off financially than you used to be, so you won’t have to stay in dirt-cheap digs and can splurge on some fancy dinners. In your late thirties, your kids are probably old enough to be good travelers or even stay home alone or with relatives.
Go on wine tastings
I don’t know about you, but I’m still no pro at ordering wine. Spend a few weekends going on wine tastings and vineyard tours. Unlike in your twenties, it’ll be less about getting a cheap buzz and more about learning what you like and don’t like in a wine so that you can confidently choose and purchase from here on out. Plus, you can probably afford to stock up on your faves.
Invest in business cards
You’ve worked hard to achieve success in your career and you should be prepared to network and sell yourself any time the opportunity presents itself. If your company doesn’t provide you with business cards or you’re an independent contractor, have a stack of good-quality cards made up to hand out when you meet new folks in your field or anyone who may be able to use a service you provide. This isn’t being forward, it’s just being confident and ambitious.
Plan for retirement
You still have about thirty years to go, so if you haven’t already set up retirement accounts and started savings, it’s not too late. Meet with a financial advisor and find out which accounts will work best for the lifestyle you hope to have when you retire and go ahead and get them set up.
If you don’t have kids and want to or think you’ll want to in the future, now’s the time to get started. While it’s not impossible to get pregnant in your forties or even in your fifties, it’ll be a whole lot more difficult and you and your future baby will be at a much higher risk. In fact, once you hit 35, most obstetricians will automatically label you as such once you become pregnant.