In loose terms, our late twenties are spent sauntering closer to thirty and figuring out what we really want to be when we grow up.
After recently celebrating a birthday, I’m still experiencing the enigma of how I got here so fast. The shock was softened by my best friend’s beauty card-making skills.
At this point, friends are at starkly different stages – from tying the knot and having kidlets to Tindering in the city. Some are rocking the world of salaried employment or changing careers completely.
Early twenties get all the attention for the promise of the future. Mid-twenties are in the spotlight for overcoming quarter life crises, finally going to law school, becoming a yoga instructor or backpacking through the southern hemisphere (because we didn’t get to in university).
What about our late twenties? We’ve been through a bit and have a lot to be grateful for, so let’s pause and reflect on what we appreciate as mature (ish) grown-ups…
- Artisanal candles that burn for 100 hours. I’m talking the $35 soy-based wax ones that are meticulously hand-poured and personally autographed by the maker. You know the ones.
- Spending quality time with our parents. Because they are awesome people, and their sage advice resonates far more now than it did 10 years ago.
- Small intimate gatherings with close sister-friends (or best bros). Big extravaganzas are overrated. A mellow evening with good company, floor pillows and stemless wine glasses far outweigh a raucous rager with red solo cups. For the most part.
- Having a whole weekday off for adulting. This could include going to the bank, dentist, post office, or anywhere else that operates during the same hours as your main job.
- Epsom salt baths. As a late blooming bath enthusiast, I’ve truly come to appreciate a replenishing soak with magnesium sulfate and roses. So necessary.
- Pure essential oils. Taking a breath of therapeutic air is an instant way to feel better. If you don’t already own an ultrasonic diffuser or nebulizer, I’d recommend treating yourself to some bliss mist.
- The realistic possibility of wearing a legitimate mermaid fin at some point in the near future. There’s a whole mermaid fitness movement, so it can’t be that far off in life.
- Organic packaged foods that have love as a main ingredient (like these ones). While this may turn some people off from forking out $9 for raw kale chips or vegan coconut macaroons, it really adds a special touch.
- Any soap, bath salt or body scrub that looks like it was handcrafted in a rustic modernized tiny home. It usually comes pressed into a mason jar with twine and a burlap label.
- Connecting with a professional mentor, role model or spirit guide. Particularly in the entrepreneurial stream. The path less travelled is a daunting one, but it can also be the most fulfilling journey of your life.
- Mapping out space and time for creativity, imagination and goal-setting. After all, dreaming is a form of planning, right?
When observing regions of the world with the highest rate of centenarians, aka Blue Zones, it’s the simple priorities that rise to the top. Overarching common lifestyle patterns include putting family first, participating in daily movement, eating a predominantly plant-based diet and engaging in community activities at all ages.
Embracing healthy habits in a holistic way is strongly correlated to a longer life span.
Appreciating the little things is part of the big picture.
Happy, healthy aging!