Yes ladies and gentlemen, the thirties have arrived. One whole decade where there are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and more candles on your birthday cake. Some of you are in peace with yourself and are living the best years of your lives. But for some of you, 30s are scary.
Not only you are turning thirties, but you are also part of that famous “Y generation” a.k.a. “digital natives”. This generation is quite unique in its genre. I like to say that we were the last generation who has had the luck to know how to write (and send) letters, and the first generation to write an e-mail, an SMS or a Facebook post. Never, in the history of humankind, has the communication model evolved so fast. As well as our ways to relating to each other. And we manage to do it the “old” way and the “new” way.
We are also the generation of the “no boundaries”. While our parents have managed to travel abroad after their lives were settled, we were playing “globetrotters” before we even had hit the thirties. Some of us even play the game “30 countries in 30 years”. We often speak different languages, we may have lived abroad, been confronted to different cultures, different ways of life and if we haven’t… Well, we have Facebook friends all over the globe.
At last but not least, we are also the “crisis generation”. Having lived the beginning of our professional lives into a global financial and economical crisis, where jobs are scarce, wages are low and everything is so expensive.
THEREFORE, WHILE IN OUR TWENTIES WE BELIEVED THAT EVERYTHING WAS POSSIBLE AND THAT WE WERE LAYING THE FOUNDATION STONE OF YOUR LIFE, IN OUR THIRTIES WE STOP AND WONDER. HOW DID IT COME SO FAST? AND ALL THESE QUESTIONS RISE:
Am I leaving the life I had always dreamt of?
Do I have the job of my dreams? If yes, is it all I was hoping for? If not, am I happy with it? Is it enough?
Do I have time to do what I like to do? Do I know what I like to do?
Do I want to settle? Do I want to take off and go on a trip around the world leaving all behind?
Or do I simply want to answer all these questions by “it’s complicated…”?
The good news is that we are also a daring generation. We are not THAT scared of change, and still know how to appreciate the moment and what is around us. We know how to handle a virtual life through those omnipresent machines called computers, smartphones, tablets, but still understand the pleasure of real life by turning the paper pages of a good book. We have an iTunes account and still have a big DVD collection (well, at least I do…). And: we still know how to write without an automatic spelling corrector.
SO CHEER UP DEAR THIRTY-YEAR OLD FRIENDS. WE ARE AN INTERESTING GENERATION! THE PARTY IS ONLY STARTING AND WE HAVE ALL WE NEED WITHIN US TO BUILD A HAPPY DECADE. SO IF YOU ARE HAVING SOME TROUBLE ACCEPTING THIRTY (OR MORE) LITTLE CANDLES, THINK LIKE THIS: THE SWITCH TO THE THIRTIES IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO THINK, TO QUESTION, TO CHALLENGE, TO TRY, TO FAIL, TO LEARN, TO CHANGE.
Everything I know I learned after I was thirty. -Georges Clemenceau