Henry Ford once wrote, ‘anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.’ Here at Hotcourses we really believe you never stop learning, so to prove it we’ve come up with the thirty things you should learn in your thirties. An era of big milestones for most – homes, weddings and babies, it’s ok to be in a permanent state of panic that you’re doing it all wrong. Don’t believe us? Have a read of these...
1. That staying in touch really is important. Sure, you might lose a few friends as you grow apart, but make sure you send a birthday card to those you love.
2. That you are doing ok – everyone makes mistakes and life is pretty damn unpredictable. Despite appearances, nobody has it all figured out yet, so don’t be too hard on yourself.
3. That it really is acceptable to do that second degree or masters. Whether it’s in photography or fine art, getting the qualification you dreamed of is always an option. Don’t have time to go back to the classroom? Lots of providers like the arty folk over at The Interactive Design Institute deliver complete online degrees.
4. A lot of anti-wrinkle creams and hair growth products are a scam. Save your money and accept that aging is ok.
5. It’s not too late to learn a language, especially if you want to bring your kids up speaking one.
6. How to master smart-casual attire. It’s taken most of your twenties but planning your business-lunch wardrobe no longer leaves you in a cold sweat.
7. How to buy great wine. The standard rule is to stick serve wine with food from the same region, but to really expand your knowledge why not learn from a pro? We particularly love this wine tasting course at West London Wine School.
8. If you can’t be bothered, just say no.
9. Becoming a parent is utterly utterly terrifying. To feel a bit more prepared, we’ve found a few top parenting classes to help you sleep at night (although once the baby arrives, you probably won’t be sleeping anyway).
10. As your children get older, you will be expected to be a chef, cake decorator and party planner all at once. Better start learning how to be Mary Berry now.
11. Unlike wine, hangovers do not improve with age.
12. What true love is; sounds cheesy, but in your thirties you will realise it’s not all chocolates and flowers, but finding the person who will stand by you through the stress and meltdowns of a wedding, moving house and having a baby.
13. That you need more sleep.
14. And a better diet. Your body can no longer cope with drinking three nights in a row, so go green and look after yourself. Need a little help? We love the look of this nutrition course from Diet Specialist.
15. That as a parent, you will be expected to endure the likes of Pepper Pig, Disneyland and many performances ‘on-ice’. Be prepared to hate it all.
16. That you are slowly turning into your parents, and are kind of ok with it. They were also right all along.
17. That you will spend 75% of your time worrying about whether you are a good parent.
18. And the other 25% worrying about school admissions, diets, homework, holidays and the awkward birds and bees conversation.
19. Your shopping habits will change. No, it is no longer acceptable to buy all your clothes from Topshop.
20. That grey hairs will start taking over. It’s depressing but true.
22. You will also realise that going on a DIY course really can save you a lot of time and effort in the long run.
23. That you CAN go 24 hours without any form of technology, and actually quite enjoy it.
24. That Sunday mornings are the new Saturday night out. Sure your twenties were full of dancing till dawn, but these days nothing beats a good brunch.
25. That saving for your pension is a drag, but really is pretty important.
26. That it’s now time to start worrying about your credit rating. It really does matter.
27. That life definitely doesn’t turn out like you expected. Forget all the plans you had for yourself in your twenties.
28. Nectar points, avios, rewards? These things are super exciting now.
29. That your Facebook news feed will be nothing but engagement photos, weddings and new babies (yet that’s all you upload now too).
30. That your forties aren’t so scary after all.
Jane McGuire received her BA (English) from the University of Loughborough. A yoga enthusiast with a sweet tooth, in her spare time you will probably find Jane in the gym or online shopping.