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The Clock is Ticking

By Sarah Ryberg

Posted: Friday, Jun. 20, 2014

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Photo by Lora Denton Photography.

Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at sarahmryberg@yahoo.com

Let me start by saying I am only 27, but while I still have three years before I hit the big 30, the idea is still daunting.

I had a big picture for my life after college. By now I imagined I’d have been with a company for 3 or 4 years, have my own home, and (dare I say it) even a child. I kept hearing stories about those who had everything figured out by thirty, and as an avid social media user, I see a lot of my friends in the situation I thought I’d be in now. So the fact that things are still unstable for us makes the idea of turning 30 very intimidating. Even though 27 is a young age, I’m constantly worrying about our future and whether we’ll ever find stability.

However, when I started venting about this with others and trying to come to terms with it, I learned I wasn’t alone. I’m hearing that your thirties are when everything falls into place, and that more people are waiting until their thirties to get married and have children. Maybe I should have known this all along, but when you’re in your twenties there is a lot of pressure to have it all figured out, and almost five years after graduation, I still don’t.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying I worry less about my future. In fact, I think some extra yoga classes need to come my way and soon. I have realized that times are different though, particularly with this economy, and that perhaps 30 isn’t the daunting number it’s made out to be.

With that in mind, I wanted to open this one up to our readers. How many people had life figured out by the time they turned 30? Did the turning point in your life happen during your thirties? Join the conversation and share your thoughts with me below!

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