30 things you should know before you’re 30
How to change a flat tire
Whether we’re talking cars or bicycles, if you’re using personal transportation that moves on inflated tires, you need to know how to change a flat.
How to parallel park
We all have to learn this skill to pass our driving tests, but most people obviously forget soon after and spend the rest of their lives driving over curbs and tapping the bumpers of parked cars. Don’t be one of them.
Whether you want kids—and why
Many people want children; many others don’t. There’s no requirement, but if you do want kids there’s a time limit. By the time you’re 30, you should know whether you want to have children, why you do or don’t, and what you plan to do about it.
How to set up computer, video and audio equipment
Technology is the new reality, and knowing how to configure and troubleshoot computers, smart TVs, MP3 players and other devices is an important life skill. Master it.
Where you want to be by the time you’re 40
Gone are the days when you could coast through a summer, or a school year, on autopilot. You’re in charge of your destiny—make it what you want it to be.
Which things you learned about yourself as a kid are true
Let’s face it, some of the things you learned about yourself during your childhood—good or bad—simply aren’t true. Now that you’re a grownup in control of your own self-image, you can decide who you want to be and let go of anything that isn’t useful.
Throw a surprise party that’s really a surprise
Throwing a successful surprise party—one that is really a surprise—will put your organizational and leadership skills to the test as you plan the event, gather partygoers and keep them from spilling the beans. When you think about it, those skills will serve you well at work, too.
Why you don’t regret leaving your 20s
Hopefully you took some risks in your 20s, had a few big successes and made a few mistakes that taught you something about life. You’re primed and ready for more and bigger adventures—in your 30s.
How to pack for a two-week trip in one carry-on bag
This skill is a bit like changing a tire: once you figure out how to do it you can decide when and whether to use it. The important thing here is self-sufficiency, practicality and living a low-maintenance lifestyle for a while. Who knows? You might like it.
How to care for your skin, hair and body—and why it’s important
Even if you’re blessed with good genes, age and lifestyle will have an effect. If you practice good self-care now, you’ll be in great shape 10, 20 or many more years from now.