Turning 30 isn’t the end of anything. It might just be the start of it.
The day is drawing closer when I’ll have to check an entirely different “age bracket” box on survey forms. It’s an age bracket that’s commonly associated with dull, slightly scary stereotypes revolving around mortgages, high-interest savings accounts and a corner office: the “30-35” age range. (Bleh.)
Well, guess what? I’m not freaked out about that. Because that whole idea that women are supposed to have our proverbial ducks in a row before age 30 is rather boring.
Think about it: if all goes to plan, your 30th birthday will only be only one-third of your way through life — so what happens once you’ve got everything “sorted”? Rest on your laurels, work in the exact same role for the next 30 years, cut your hair into a sensible, middle-aged bob and resign yourself to reminiscing over the glory days? No, thank you.
I, for one, plan on kicking life goals goals and striving to hit my career prime well after 30.
Like these women:
1. Kristen Wiig
You’ve seen her in Knocked Up and you’ve watched her hilariousness on NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live.
What you probably don’t know about Wiig, however, is that she didn’t hit the big time until joining SNL in 2005, aged 31.
“”I always knew I wanted to be an actor, but I also didn’t really think it was a possibility. I associated acting with Hollywood and I just thought that all actors lived in LA together,” she’s said of he aspirations growing up.
“I never considered myself to be funny,” she’s also told Interview magazine. “Maybe because socially I can be a little bit shy sometimes. I just didn’t think you could be both.”
2. Vera Wang
Wang is famed for her out-of-control-pretty wedding dresses — but she actually began her adult life as an aspiring Olympic figure skater. When she failed to make the Olympic team, she turned instead to journalism, where she worked her way up to become an editor at Vogue.
When Wang was passed over for the position of Editor-In-Chief, she left the magazine and designed her first wedding dress at the age of 40.
3. JK Rowling.
Author of the outrageously popular Harry Potter series, JK Rowling, has described herself as the ‘biggest failure’ she knew after she finished college. Even after writing the first Harry Potter book, which she did as a single mother on welfare, Rowling was continually turned away by publishers.
She was 32 when Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was finally published. Now, after seven books and eight movies, is the only person to have ever become a billionaire by writing books, according to Forbes.
4. Martha Stewart.
Professional homemaker, writer and TV personality Stewart started life as a model before she became a stockbroker for the firm of Monness, Williams, and Sidel. When she gave birth to her first child at 32, she became a stay-at-home mother and started a catering business to earn extra money.
In only a year, her home business became a million-dollar operation.
Stewart signed her first book deal at 35 and is now the face of a multi-million dollar company.
(She was also involved in a $200 million dollar lawsuit for breach of contract… so maybe don’t aspire to that part.)