Things You Come to Appreciate When You're 30+

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

I'm not sure if it happened gradually or all at once, but there are certain things I have definitely come to appreciate more as I've gotten older. And maybe it's cliche, but once I turned thirty, these things became crystal clear to me:

+ A quiet waiting room. You mean, I'm forced to sit in a chair and flip through a magazine for fifteen minutes? The. Horror. ;)  

+ A good grocery bagger. Is there anything worse than getting home only to find your eggs and bread crushed by your gallon of milk and bag full of apples? Well, yes, there is. But I have come to appreciate the fine art of bagging groceries and those who have mastered it (and silently curse those who haven't). 

+ Naps. So rare and so beautiful. There is nothing like a couch nap mid-day.

+ Comfort TV. There's a reason the old people you know watch Matlock and Murder She Wrote and other old shows that make them happy. It's comforting and familiar, and my obsession with The Wonder Years and Everybody Loves Raymond understands completely.

+ Staying in. At one point in your life, it's all about what's going on when and where. Once you hit a certain age, it feels good to know where you're going to land every night: the couch, with your favorite blanket, and your favorite comfort tv.

+ A good appliance. There's something about using something (probably every day) that you spent good money on and that works beautifully that is indescribably satisfying. Whether it's a whisper-quite washer or a trash can (this Simple Human one is affordable and life-changing): so nice.

+ Mail that isn't bills. Isn't it nice to get the mail and see a hand written envelope with a return address you recognize among the stack of bills and junk mail? Instant day brightener.

+ Coffee. You thought you needed coffee in your twenties? Ha. Ha ha ha. Whether you prefer 'Bucks or DD, call it jo, java, or a Cup of Hope (like I do)... coffee is now your new best friend.

I realize the common themes of this list -- comfort, quiet, sleep -- might make it seem like life is boring thirty plus, but the truth is it's just the opposite. Life is so often busy, scheduled, and hurried (why do you think time goes so much faster as an adult?) and those simple pleasure can be few and far between... which makes me all the more appreciative for them. 

What do you appreciate now more than ever?


  1. Yes to all of this. Especially the bagger at the store. I hate when I have someone who doesn't do it well. Yes to all of the coffee I can get!

    1. Right? I never thought I'd be so picky about how my groceries are bagged but, alas, here I am. Haha! Coffee all. day. long.

  2. These are all so true - and especially that good cup of coffee (priceless)!

    Black Coffee Beautiful

    1. Yesss, Laura, absolutely priceless! Thanks for visiting. :)


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