You may not know it but the Greek philosopher and astrologer, Claudius Ptolemy, is having a big impact on your life right now. Ptolemy was an ancient Greek-Roman astrologer and mathematician who also put forth work on the seven stages of life which are still commonly referred to even today. These are: infancy, childhood, adolescence, young adult, adulthood, and elderly. This model has been watered down a tad from the original which included ‘the soldier stage,’ but for the most part, it’s general principles have stuck.
My question is, where did ol’ Claude put the thirtysomeone? Are we adult or young adult? Personally, I feel like we’re the latter, but this might just be wishful thinking. But if it’s the former, then that puts us in the same category as someone who is almost sixty. That just can’t be right!
I may be a little biased but I think our thirtieth birthday rings in a new era and a certain focused energy. I know I can’t be imagining it because there are countless TV shows, movies, articles and blogs about turning thirty. I recently binge watched The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix and low and behold – an episode about a disaster thirtieth birthday. And how does it wrap up? SPOILER ALERT: Kimmy decides that turning 30 will be a fresh start.
I personally had quite a similar experience myself which you can check out this week in a guest post at My Thirty Spot (How I Got Revenge on Turning 30).
But back to Claude.
With all the evidence out there, I just can’t agree with Mr. Ancient Hotshot. Thirtysomeones are a group with needs all our own. We’re busy, we’re crunched for time, and we’re on a schedule. We’ve got outside pressures on us, telling us a million things we’re ‘supposed’ to do, plus dreams of our own. We’re just beginning to figure out who we are and what we truly want. We’re moving and shaking a lot faster than adults in their fifties and sixties whose careers are established or even winding down and whose children are raised and probably out of the house. And we’re juggling a lot more than the twentysomeone who may have a full plate but is still probably only responsible for number one.
This is why I do what I do. This is why I’ve put all these thoughts and more into my latest labour of love. My new eBook, The Thirty Something’s Guide to Successful Goal-Making, takes a look at many of the thirtysomeone’s concerns and provides tips and tools for including these ideas in clear, succinct goals so that success comes sooner rather than later.
It’s once we have a clear picture of ourselves that we can better formulate our success-plan with a special brand of balance and care. There’s nothing worse we can do than put off success and happiness until we’re older or old! We’re not the same as sixtysomeones, people! So let’s not act like it.
Get your FREE copy HERE and start crafting goals for success in your thirties!
[And a very special thank you to all my loyal readers. This project couldn’t have been possible without you and your support. Let me know what you think about the eBook here in the comments or at the beingthirties Facebook page. Thanks again everyone!]