The now-viral "By age 30" memes prove that the internet has done some of its best work this summer.
From cute quips to spot-on observations, this internet fad calls out some of the behaviors we tend to display as we enter our 30s, like stocking up on tote bags, perfecting our anti-wrinkle skincare routines, getting joy from The Container Store and so on. (You get the idea.)
We have the good, the bad, the ugly and—surprisingly—the inspiring. Fortunately, we've scrolled through our Twitter feed to uncover some of the best "By Age 30" memes for your enjoyment/existential dread.
Our favorite 'By Age 30' memes from social media:
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1. We love a positive mindset...
Is this 2022 in a nutshell?
By age 30, you should have lower back pain, one failed relationship that almost broke you and a constant sense of dread about where society is headed.August 2, 2022
2. We *really* love a positive mindset
Anyone else disgusted yet?
By age 30 you should have a total distrust of politics, a firm belief you'll never retire, and a pet that your parents begrudgingly accept as the closest thing they'll get to grandchildrenAugust 4, 2022
3. We'll take alllll the tote bags
How else are we supposed to manage our grocery store visits?
By age 30 you should have at least 40 different tote bags you don‘t need but keep stuffed into one larger tote bag which is the one you‘d technically need the most but now can no longer accessAugust 4, 2022
4. No need for Zillow
"We're movin' on up...movin' on up" (or in this case, down).
By age 30 you should have moved from your childhood bedroom to your parents basement. #adulting #byage30 #ToREAugust 4, 2022
5. *Heads to Sephora*
In the event that you're a bit behind on your 30s to-do list, our expert-backed guide to the accurate skincare product order will help you fight blemishes and achieve the ultimate clean girl aesthetic à la Hailey Bieber.
By 30 you should’ve figured out your holy grail makeup/skincare products #byage30August 7, 2022
6. Well, this sounds familiar...
Is that you, Jenna Rink?
By age 30 you should be a 13 year old trapped in the life of a magazine editor who's in love with Mark Ruffalo https://t.co/s6WNDoCJedAugust 2, 2022
7. You can't be too prepared
Time's ticking, folks
By age 30, you should have your zombie apocalypse team figured out.August 4, 2022
8. Prioritize your health
Remember that back pain we were talking about before?
By age 30 you should wake up every morning looking and feeling like this pic.twitter.com/QL7rJhr8MWAugust 6, 2022
9. Welcome to the Losers Club
You should have a plan for taking on Pennywise at this point.
By age 30 you should have a group of friends who will reunite in Derry, Maine to fight an ancient evil https://t.co/RbuZ8qdqnLAugust 2, 2022
10. We're feeling empowered
We told you there were a few feel-good ones hanging out in our feeds.
#byage30 you should be deciding for yourself what you should doAugust 6, 2022
11. 'Live and let live'
By age 30 you should stop "shoulding" all over yourself. Live and let live. #byage30August 5, 2022
12. If you're having an existential crisis...
...welcome to your 30s!
All these #byage30 tweets are giving me an existential crisis.August 5, 2022
Which tweet is your favorite? Are you organizing your totes as we speak? Ugh, no we're not either! Definitely not...
Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment.
The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos and honed in on astrology coverage within the Life vertical. She's partial to writing pieces about the next big TV obsession—anyone else impatiently waiting for "Conversations with Friends"—and keeping you up to date on new trends like the latest must-have from Zara.
Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets.
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