15 Life Lessons I Learned in My 30s That I Wish I Knew in My 20s

Jessica Warren
22 min readOct 2, 2023

They could help you in love, health and happiness.

Photo @ Pixabay

Do you ever wish you could go back in time and help your younger self figure things out? Or that you had an older, wiser sibling to give you sage advice? Sometimes I do! Here are 15 life lessons I learned in my 30s that weren’t obvious in my 20s. That I wish I knew about love, health and happiness.

1. Your thirties can be way better than your twenties

Adulting is a new experience in your twenties. At this point, most of us don’t know who we really are and what we want. Except for my one friend who was married to the hunky love of her life with a dream job at 25! Your early adult years lay the foundations for the rest of your life — through experiences, connections and life lessons.

We make mistakes, meet new friends, develop skills, see exciting places, find love and get to grips with what we do and don’t like. You learn life lessons in your twenties which, if you listen to them, can nudge you towards the right paths to take.

“Do not complain about growing old. It is a privilege denied to many.” ~ Mark Twain

Turning 30 isn’t something to dread. As my glamorous aunt once told me: “You don’t suddenly turn into a gargoyle at 30”. I only let out a big sigh of relief on actually reaching the milestone!

Our thirties are often more grounded years for our careers, home life and relationships. Most importantly, for knowing who we are and learning to love ourselves.

You won’t turn into a gargoyle at 30! Photo by Mike Bosch @ Unsplash

At 35, you still have youth on your side, but also the benefits of experience to keep building yourself and your life. Hopefully your earning power or savings might’ve grown. My life has been more happy and stable in my thirties. Apparently your 40s can be awesome in different ways too.

It’s a privilege to get the chance to grow older.

2. Prioritise quality time with those you love

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Jessica Warren

Investor. Coach. Wellness Consultant. Women’s Circles. Left-handed Londoner. Ex finance. Join the community to get updates @ https://www.jessicawarren.co