What really happens when you turn 30?

Photo by: Patricia Hodges

"Your age does not define who you are. If you are worried that getting older means that life is going to deny you convivial activities only allowed to the young, you are

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Photo by: Patricia Hodges

"Your age does not define who you are. If you are worried that getting older means that life is going to deny you convivial activities only allowed to the young, you are wrong. To ring in my 30th, I went skydiving. I try to imagine myself at 21 or 22 having the courage to jump from a plane. Probably not. I definitely did not have the funds to go skydiving at that age either." -- Patricia Hodges

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Mon, Mar 25, 2013 3:16 PM EDT
Whether you just turned 21 or 29, it's looming: the day you turn 30. With fears of overnight graying and wrinkling, a much earlier bedtime, and the realization that this may just be a crisis, we asked Shine readers who have already passed this milestone to share what really happens when you turn the dirty 30. -- Ali Swank