Entering the Dirty Thirties Is All Fun and Games — (Not!!!)

Kemmy D
4 min readSep 21, 2021
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I woke up from a good night’s sleep this morning. I usually do well with six hours of sleep, and in my early twenties, I remember going to work with just four hours of rest and still getting the job done. Well, most of it, at least. But I have come to realize that life does not work like that anymore. My body hurts slightly when I wake up, and I feel every other way, but good.

I wondered why. Why do I feel like this? Am I doing something wrong? I might slouch in my chair at work sometimes, but I make sure to sit in a good posture for most of the time. As I thought deeper, the truth dawned on me.

I am not in my twenties anymore.

Enter the “Dirty Thirties”. A few decades back, this was the age where people were actually living their lives — getting married, having kids, buying a house or even driving a brand new sedan from the nearest dealership. But for an average millennial like me, the thirties isn’t all fun and games. While I may have managed to achieve some of the goals mentioned above, I am still paying a hefty price that came along with them.

It’s Not All About Mental Health

In the present era, mental health has become more mainstream than it was in the 1950s. An average young adult has more mental health issues today than ever. And that makes life tougher than what it actually is.

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While most of us are blamed by our previous generation for under-achieving, little do the former know how hard it is to survive in today’s climate. We are underpaid, while everything around us is being inflated.

Lucky for me, my mental health is as good as it can be, but when someone else reaches out to me for comfort, I empathize with them. It’s the least I could do. Now, you’re slowly getting the picture. Aren’t you? Let’s add mental stress to the equation. That’s most of our dirty thirties.

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Kemmy D

Started writing for fun, now it's gotten quite serious. Sorry, Joker!