30 Rules To Live By After Turning 30

Now that I’m 30 and have, uh, accomplished some of the things in our 30-before-30 lists, I’m hardly done learning. Here’s a repost of Wendy’s “30 Rules To Live By After Turning 30.” I shall start tomorrow. — Editor

Inspired by the “40 Unwritten Rules to Live By” recently published in Men’s Health, I thought The Frisky could pen a list of our own. So far, we’ve talked about the 30 skills every woman should know before she turns 30, as well as places to do it, things to have, and friends to make before the big 3-0. But what’s really important are the lessons a woman learns from the years before that milestone birthday and how she applies them to life afterward. So, without further ado, here are 30 rules to live by after turning 30, after the jump.

  1. The real mistake is not making amends as soon as you realize you’ve made one.
  2. A (legally obtained) sleep aid like Xanax works wonders on long-distance flights.
  3. Wait at least two weeks after a breakup before scheduling a haircut.
  4. Cut everyone a little slack; none of us is perfect.
  5. Even a fabulous sale won’t make the wrong size fit any better.
  6. Laughing at his jokes beats cooking skills, hands down.
  7. The “friend zone” is where the most promising boyfriend material hangs out.
  8. Black is more slimming than a grapefruit diet.
  9. Recycled trends only work if you weren’t old enough to wear them the first time they were popular.
  10. Gay men make the best girlfriends.
  11. Vaseline Petroleum Jelly is for women what duct tape is for MacGyver.
  12. When people tell you their flaws, believe them.
  13. If his profile picture looks like it was taken in the ’80s, it probably was.
  14. Don’t ask if you look fat if you can’t handle the truth.
  15. A job interview is the only time self-deprecation won’t work in your favor.
  16. She who says the least knows the most.
  17. If he only sees you after dark and won’t introduce you to friends or family, he’s an FWB, not a BF … no matter how many months you’ve been sleeping with him.
  18. Giving a good BJ beats cooking skills, hands down.
  19. Thou shalt not drink and text.
  20. In three months, everything will be different.
  21. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen.
  22. Find joy in the simple things.
  23. Creativity is a hot commodity, so charge (and pay) accordingly.
  24. The larger your frame, the larger the pattern should be.
  25. The person who tells you everything about everyone is telling everyone everything about you, too.
  26. Be open to change, but never compromise your values.
  27. Remember that what you want isn’t always what you need.
  28. Living well isn’t the best revenge, a great haircut is.
  29. Great love and great achievement require great risk.
  30. Great sex does not.