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28 Worries That Women In Their Late Twenties Can Ditch Today

"Sometimes you're ahead. Sometimes you're behind. The race is long, and in the end, it's only with yourself." —Baz Luhrmann

1. You do not look as old as beauty commercials tell you.

2. Because you are, in fact, not old.

3. It is OK to still have Ikea furniture and dishes that don't match.

Wine and ice cream out of my plastic kids IKEA dinnerware. Because I'm an adult, that's why

Lots of lists makes the rounds that say women should upgrade to fancier home stuff as we get older. Those lists are often just ways of shaming us for responsible spending when we don't have the income to buy nicer things to build our dream homes.

4. Older people who shame your spending and saving habits are out of touch and wrong.

5. Women who focused on parenting in their twenties and women who focused on their careers in their twenties both wonder if it was the right call.

6. You can wear all the novelty shirts you want.

7. If you haven't figured out makeup yet, you are not alone.

8. Your job sucks because of the economy, not because of your generation's attitude.

9. You aren't the only one who isn't sure that marriage might not be right for you.

10. If you are married, it is OK to complain about your relationship to single friends.

My husband is snoring while I'm trying to read #wifeproblems #reading #ishouldbesleeping

Just because you found your special someone doesn't mean your life is perfect, and if single friends pull the "Whatever, at least you have a husband!" card, they aren't being kind or fair.

11. Being open about desires for a long-term relationship don't make you look desperate.

12. You are allowed to get married even if you can't afford a big expensive wedding.

13. And it is OK if your wedding is not really the best day of your life.

14. You are not too old to dye your hair fun colors.

A man told me I'm too old for this hair. Fave if he is wrong and I should do it. Send a skull emoji if he's right.

Anyone who accuses you of trying to look younger by doing this is not following hair trends very closely. Total babes over 30, 40, and even 80 are doing this — and it looks great. Be warned that prospective employers might not be into it but otherwise, do what you want with your hair.

15. You are not stuck forever in the career you chose in your twenties.

16. "30 Under 30" lists don't mean as much as you think they do.

Turning 30 is all fun and games until the “30 Under 30” list comes out and you realize you're no longer qualified http://t.co/bEoAJr5WcE

I know a lot of people who have popped up on these lists over the years and I have been very excited for them. But they are not superhuman. They fight with their partners, they can't afford to fix their cars, and they aren't sure they made the right career choices all the time. The achievement that got them there is impressive, but there is a reason there is no "30 Under 30 Who Have All Their Shit Together" list: because no one would be on it.

17. It is OK that you still live with roommates.

18. Turning 30 is not going to magically eliminate your insecurities.

19. Turning 30 is also not going to magically eliminate your sexual and romantic appeal.

20. Your career would not necessarily be better if you majored in something more "practical."

21. You don't have to be certain if you want children or not.

22. You also don't have to feel like a traitor to feminism if you want children more than you want a career.

23. Single women don't actually have to think about just settling at this point.

24. You aren't being paranoid if you're afraid that your age and marital status are affecting your employment prospects.

25. Male fertility declines with age too, even though the onus is put on women to keep track of it.

26. You don't have to be certain what you would do with an unintended pregnancy.

27. All the things you think you have to do before you turn 30 you can still do after you turn 30.

28. When you turn 30, you will be joining a fabulous cohort of total babes doing amazing things and giving no fucks.