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10 things you should NOT do in your 30s

April 21, 2014 17:23 IST

Image: So you're in your 30s? Here's a list of things you mustn't do.
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Crossed over to the wrong side of the 30s? Here are a few things you shouldn't be doing.

If you related to this list, there is a good chance you're in your 30s now.

And having crossed the big three oh, there are some things that you probably know you shouldn't do… but always wanted someone to spell them out for you.

So here we go!

Ten things you should not be doing in your 30s!

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1. Binge drinking

Image: What was your worst hangover ever?
Photographs: Still from the movie The Hangover

Remember the times you had only heard of that silly thing called the 'hangover'?

In your 30s, you get to spend a good few hours or the whole day with it sometimes.

So binge drinking? Good if you like hangovers. Bad if you don't.

Got it?

Moving on...

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2. Clubbing on a weeknight

Image: Where are you heading tonight?
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This one -- and you would have figured it out -- is an extension of point number one.

So unless you like showing up to work the next morning looking like you've been run over by a truck, clubbing on a weeknight may not be such a good idea.

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3. Avoiding the doctor

Image: See a doctor. Now!
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Most of us are medical marvels in our 20s.

You've probably visited your doctor no more than three times in your 20s...

In your 30s, avoid the doctor at your own peril.

Pulled a muscle? Or twisted your ankle? Get it seen to ASAP. You won't regret it.

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4. Letting your laundry pile up

Image: Don't have the time to do the laundry? Surely you've heard of the humble dhobi?!
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You are in your 30s.

Chances are you are in a respectable job.

Chances are that your job requires you to dress decently.

And surely you get at least a day off every week?

So what stops you from having the laundry pile up week after week?

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5. Staying with your parents

Image: Ever considered the possibility that your parents might need space too??
Photographs: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

Ok so we're as Indian as you and we don't always get this thing of living with your parents while you're in your 30s.

Still not convinced?

All right, think of all the things you can do if you're living by yourself.

Just think ;-)

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6. Blowing up cash

Image: Save up. You never now when you'll need it!
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Alright so you may not want to 'settle down' just yet.

But the truth is you aren't getting younger and money isn't always going to be for recreation.

There will be unforeseen situations... in your own life or in the lives of your parents... when you will be required to fork out cash at the drop of a hat.

We'd say, better be prepared than sorry.

Wouldn't you agree?

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7. Wearing this

Photographs: Henry Romero/Reuters

No explanation needed, we suppose?

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8. Dating idiots

Image: As they say, sometimes you have to kiss many frogs before you find the prince :-)
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While this applies to people of all age groups, it is perhaps truest for those of us in our 30s.

You should have ideally kissed all the frogs in your 20s to know the idiots from the genuine people.

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9. Suddenly taking up heavy exercises

Image: Been there done that? :-)
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If you're smiling while reading this, you know you've tried this before.

Your metabolism slows down in your 30s and losing weight isn't as easy as it seems.

Your younger colleagues look prettier, sexier, handsomer as you begin losing hair and gaining weight.

So what do you do? Hit the gym and begin pumping iron on Day 1!

Bad, bad idea!

(But again, if you've done it, you probably know it already :-P)

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10. Not travelling

Image: Explore the world! It's not too late!
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You should have had some money saved up by now to travel beyond you neighbourhood weekend destination.

Few things widen your horizons like travelling.

You are also not too old to not backpack and rough it out.

So what are you waiting for? Explore a new country or travel to even a distant part of our own country.

Go forth! Travel! You won't regret it.

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