The dreaded 3-0 has crept up on you. Yes, you're about to turn 30! Oh the horror. Grey hairs are springing out all over the place, fresh wrinkles appear by the day. Then there's the crow's feet, varicose veins, and the cellulite. Oh, please not the cellulite. It feels like the end is nigh. But before you have a meltdown while tearfully stuffing birthday cake into your mouth, there are a few things you should know. Lots of things happen when you turn 30. And it's pretty darn awesome...

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1. Presents

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So many presents! In your 20s the gifts dry up a bit. But when you turn 30 it’s like you’re a kid again! Everyone buys you a present. And they’re bigger and better than the usual boring gift sets. Shiny jewellery, expensive perfumes, tablets, designer watches, romantic trips to Paris…

 

2. Champagne

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Endless, bubbly, delicious champers. Or prosecco. Or whatever’s your favourite tipple. Rest assured this will be in endless supply from the moment you wake up on your 30th birthday.

 

3. Never-ending celebrations

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You can drag this one out for at least a month! Party with friends, dinner with colleagues, spa day with the besties, family day out, romantic dinner with the other half, weekend away. You’re turning 30. It’s not over until you say it’s over!

 

4. No more clubbing

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You don’t have to even pretend you like nightclubs anymore. You’ll likely never set foot in one of these loud, smelly, creep-infested sweat pits again! Phew!

 

5. The pub

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You’ll discover the pub. Nice, quiet, homely establishments where you can talk to your mates and the bartender knows your partner’s favourite ale and that you like pear cider. Lovely beer gardens, relaxing over a quiet drink and a game of pool. And no one is going to try to grind on you from behind.

 

6. Flat shoes

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You’ll no longer feel the need to squeeze your feet into towering, pointy stilettos. Goodbye bunions, ingrowing toenails, aching feet, wobbling around like a loon. Hello comfort, style, grace…

 

7. Early nights

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Who needs to stay up until the early hours! Instead 30-year-olds relish early nights, and early, hangover-free mornings. Mmmm, sleep.

 

8. Being yourself

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You don’t have to pretend you like Kanye West, or that you watched Breaking Bad. You’ll suddenly realise that it’s OK to enjoy old jazz music, or join the WI. You’ll respect other people’s quirky interests, and they’ll respect yours.

 

9. Grown-up?

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Nah! You’ll realise, no matter how old you get, you’ll never feel like one of these! Which is very liberating. Even if you have kids of your own, you’ll often wonder why they’re letting you take responsibility for mini-humans!

 

10. Money

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You’ll have more of it. For several reasons. You’re in less debt, you’re probably earning a higher salary than in your 20s – and you’re just a lot better at spending it! No more 2am rounds of Jagerbombs or payday spending sprees. And no more praying for payday to roll around because you only have 16p in your account. You actually ‘manage’ your finances now – and it makes life so much easier.

 

11. No more FOMO!

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Once you turn 30 you’ll no longer suffer from the dreaded Fear Of Missing Out! That dinner invite from an old colleague, you’ll be able to say no! And you won’t feel guilty. Enjoy the freedom that comes when you can turn down invites in favour of a cosy night on the sofa and an early night!

 

12. Clothes

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You’re 30! Congratulations! You’ll never have to shop in a Primark ever again! You’ll have less clothes, but everything will be so much nicer! You buy ‘pieces’, and clothes that actually suit you!

 

13. Life is easier

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OK, so the bills aren’t going anywhere. But you’ll ‘get’ how life works by the time you turn 30. You’re more settled, relationships are easier because no one can be bothered to play games, your mates can be relied on, you’re friends with your parents and you’ve learned from your many mistakes. You’ve cracked it. Now it’s time to be awesome…

 

What do you think is the best thing about turning 30? Let us know in the comments below…