Is it just me, or do you notice that life just keeps on getting better? Seriously, I'm turning 30 soon, and I'm not sure if I'm physically able to take in this much happiness if this keeps up — I just might explode. But hey, a great lesson I've learned is to take things as they come. Imminent explosion and all. You know, hakuna matata. Here's why we should all be looking forward to our 30s:

  1. You know how you were faking it hoping to make it? Well, it's finally a reality. At some point, maybe when you're training the interns or new hires, you realize, hey, I actually know what I'm talking about! You paid your dues, and it has paid off.
  2. A treat is actually a treat, so you savor it more. For example, cake is something you'll treat yourself with on "cheat day" and not something you'll stuff yourself sick with for breakfast.
  3. You have fewer friends because you've started shedding your acquaintances and dropping toxic "besties," but damn, the ones who do stick around are definitely quality.
  4. You (might) actually know how to cook yourself a decent meal. You've finally wised up to the fact that cooking can save you a lot of money and it's even a little therapeutic.
  5. You actually get Mom and Dad now and can relate to them. And maybe people saying you're turning into your mom will even feel like a compliment.
  6. You're at your most creative. Many scientists have their biggest breakthroughs in their late 30s, and that may well be the case for you.
  7. Your crazy radar is nothing to joke about. Toxic girlfriends? You can smell those from a mile away now.
  8. Things that made you cringe in the past are funny now. You know those moments that made you wish so bad for the floor to open up and swallow you whole? Well, they are now stories that you chuckle with your friends about.
  9. Your apartment feels like a home and not a dorm room or frat house.
  10. You actually remember the fun times now because a lot of them are done sober — they are not vague memories you struggle to remember through an alcohol haze. Potlucks and game nights? Sign me up!
  11. Comfort is your top concern now, and your joints and wallet will thank you. No more following fleeting trends that don't last beyond a season.
  12. You don't take life for granted. That's because by this point you've probably experienced death in your life. It's the hard times that make us really appreciate what we have.
  13. You brush off worries like dirt off your shoulder. At this age, you know better, and you've probably experienced the gamut of freakouts. Thank goodness, because worry over something you can't change is so draining.
  14. You know what you want. Sure, it took you some wrong turns to finally get it right, but that makes the journey all the more sweeter.
  15. You actually have the money to spend on travel and serious adult stuff like a 401(k). Gasp, maybe even a down payment on a house!
  16. The phrase "this too shall pass" will resonate with you more than ever. You have more faith that bad times will pass.
  17. You feel some effects of aging, which will motivate you to eat healthy and exercise. And what's awesome is, you see a lot of your peers going through this transformation. Picture you and a pal throwing back your heads laughing about an inside joke about kale or running together on the beach Baywatch style. OK, not really, but it is more fun and motivating when others join you in your health kick.
  18. All the crap you went through in your 20s? You'll finally reap the benefits of the bad experiences in your 30s. Because now that you've been through all of that, you'll probably have better judgment of avoiding those situations in your 30s. In the words of Maya Angelou, "When you know better, you do better."

For an even smoother time, make sure you break these habits by 30 and avoid these regrets in your 30s!