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30 things you don't have to have by 30

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  • A spouse-or even someone you want to go on a second date with.
  • A child. Or a pet. Or even an herb garden.
  • A decision on how you feel about having children. Yes, I know-Mother Nature has a say in this one, but if we're going to put a timeline on it, can it at least be 34 ½?
  • Your dream job. Or even an idea of what that might be. Should you figure it out? Yeah. But, because you deserve it-not because you have to have it by 30.
  • A house (or enough money in your bank account to even think about having a down payment).
  • A room in your place that doesn't serve an essential purpose-like someone eating or sleeping there.
  • A "bedroom set" (or any piece of furniture that you plan to keep forever).
  • Your own laundry machines.
  • A "signature style." Heck, it will probably change in your 30s anyway, right?
  • Knowledge of how to cook a Thanksgiving turkey. There's still time for that-and in the meantime, there's Whole Foods.
  • Ample storage.
  • A car that was manufactured in the current decade. Or a car, period. Or, if you live in New York, a driver's license.
  • A working knowledge of how to set up cable equipment.
  • A pair of truly comfortable high heels (seriously, these might not exist).
  • Enough stamps in your passport. Because, unless you are Hillary Clinton, will you ever have that?
  • An answer to, "Where do you see yourself in five years?" Be honest: At 25, did you see yourself here?
  • The ability to handle a crisis (or moving) without a crying phone call to your mother.
  • A readily available matching pair of socks.
  • Guilt for eating the (very large) remainder of cookie dough in the bowl.
  • Any idea on how to make (or even really enjoy) a gin martini.
  • The ability to do your own taxes. A good thing to know? Sure. But otherwise, that's what the lovely people at H&R Block are there for. The ability to turn down 2-for-1 margaritas at Happy Hour.
  • Eye cream. Because that's just throwing in the towel.
  • Giving up on the belief that maybe-just maybe-you could win the lottery someday.
  • A city you call home.
  • More than 500 Facebook friends.
  • The desire to wake up the morning after your 30th birthday not feeling hungover.
  • The words "I'm too old for that" in your vocabulary.

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