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The Older You Get, The Wiser You Get: Lessons With Age

2011 is a big year for The Big 3-0.

Not only is 2011 the year celebs like Beyonce Knowles, Nicole Richie, Sienna Miller, Paris Hilton, and Alicia Keys turn 30 this year, but it’s also the year Jennifer Hudson, Justin Timberlake, Natalie Portman, Jessica Alba, and Britney Spears turn 30.

Even MTV turns 30 in 2011!

As if that weren’t enough, yours truly turned 30 this year, too; last month, actually.

(I guess I’ve known how to keep interesting company since the womb.)

30 is such a milestone birthday – positive for some, negative for others. Fortunately, I fall on the positive side of that spectrum, and I’m often walking around with question marks floating around my head when I hear my friends bemoan their 30th birthdays.

During a recent interview with the Associated Press, Britney Spears (yes, Britney Spears) summed up in once sentence what I’m getting ready to tell you in 30 parts:

I hear the older you get, the wiser you get and the more you know what you want – so hopefully it’ll be a good year.

Life does tend to get better the more comfortable with and knowledgeable about yourself and the world you become.

For example, over the last 30 years, I’ve learned…

  • …that no matter how high or low my bank account gets, I am an extremely wealthy person. I live in a country with restaurants that can put clean drinking water on my table – even if I don’t ask. I have family and friends who love me, and – for all it’s faults – a government that’s put programs in place to help those in need.
  • …those five pounds really don’t matter. What really makes or breaks a good time – or my appearance – is my attitude.
  • …I can help another person, but I can’t fix another person; in trying to do so, it is possible to break myself.
  • …life is too short, important, and MINE to spend it around people I don’t enjoy.
  • …it’s important to be able to depend on myself. No matter how many family members, friends, and other loved ones I have, journeys exist I must embark on alone.
  • …I won’t tolerate liars.

What lessons have YOU learned over the years, readers? How has your wisdom about yourself increased and improved your life?

The Older You Get, The Wiser You Get: Lessons With Age

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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Sparks, A. (2011). The Older You Get, The Wiser You Get: Lessons With Age. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 2, 2020, from


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