14 People On Exactly Why They’re Psyched To Leave Their 20s Behind

We spend our 20s figuring out who we are and what we want to do. As a result, by the time we hit 30, we’re well positioned to get exactly what we want out of life. Take it from these men and women, who are truly excited to leave their 20s behind for the next stage in life.

1. “I’m happy that the years of confusion, self-doubt, and self-exploration are over. It’s so much better to know what you’re passionate about, who your true friends are, and how you want to live. I’m welcoming my 30s with open arms because I’m ready for stability, self-awareness, and financial freedom.”

— Jeff, 29

2. “I saved enough in my 20s so I can start traveling more in my 30s. It’s easier for me to travel now and pamper myself instead of backpacking. There’s nothing wrong with backpacking, of course, but it’s nice to be able to treat yourself on vacation and truly unwind.”

— Mason, 31

3. “I don’t have to live in a tiny apartment anymore! Gone are the days when I had to share a bathroom and a kitchen. Now I get to enjoy a spacious apartment with a lovely view and a very comfy king-sized bed.”

— Kim, 29

4. “I’m looking forward to more sushi and expensive wine. I have a taste for the finer things in life, and I’m excited to be able to afford these things more frequently as I get older.”

— Matt, 33

5. “I finally feel like I’m in a great place to start a family. I’m ready to have children — to take care of them financially and to raise them in a healthy environment. It feels really good to be at this place in life.”

— Monica, 32

6. “I remember the days when I used to worry so much about my boss and what he would think. Now I’m the boss and I can work without constant supervision or being micro-managed. It’s the best part about getting older. Plus, of course, the higher salary!”

— David, 31

7. “The best part of your 30s is being able to afford to buy the things you want. You’re also capable of buying loved ones nice things and helping out your parents, which is truly priceless in my opinion.”

— Omar, 32

8. “For me, this next decade is about being able to afford the right kind of creams and lotions for my skin. Expensive skincare was always beyond my budget in my 20s, but now I can actually get the good stuff and take better care of myself as a result.”

— Lisa, 30

9. “I’ve always wanted to do my own thing and invest in new ideas. It was hard to do that in my 20s, so I’m happy I can finally try to make it as an entrepreneur now that I’m older, wiser, and more experienced.”

— Kimberly, 32

10. “I never thought I’d live to see this day, but I just bought the car of my dreams a few weeks ago and I’m still on cloud nine about it. It feels so good because I paid for it myself, without any help whatsoever.”

— Emily, 30

11. “I come from a small town and my dream was always to move to the city and experience urban life firsthand. I saved and saved and I finally made the big move and here I am living it up in the city. I couldn’t be happier!”

— Fran, 29

12. “Organic food is a little bit pricey, but it helps you stay healthier. I’m finally at a point where I can make better food choices without my bank account suffering.”

— Mike, 33

13. “I’ve finally learned to love myself and it’s made all the difference in my day-to-day existence. I wake up every morning feeling satisfied and prepared to take on the world!”

— Jessica, 31

14. “It’s a wonderful feeling to look back and feel proud of myself and what I’ve accomplished. I feel so fulfilled at this stage and so much better equipped to appreciate life.”

— Hannah, 32 Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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