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Before I turn 30...

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

In honor of receiving invitations to our 10-year high school reunion, my two best friends and I are compiling a joint "before we turn 30" list. I'm feeling good about this list; every time I feel like I'm in a rut, I'll have to look at it again, just to remind myself that I've come so far!

Let me know what we're missing! Everyone should join in this debate; life is not a solo activity and I won't know what I'm missing until someone tells me!

30 X 30:
1. Learn a foreign language
2. Take a spontaneous road trip
3. Take a martial arts class
4. Play in the rain
5. Play in the mud
6. Kiss in the rain
7. Ask out a stranger
8. Take a midnight walk on the beach
9. Take a kayak/canoe trip
10. Raft the Snake River
11. Visit at least 3 national parks
12. Hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
13. Ride a horse
14. Hug a tree
15. Swim with the dolphins
16. Climb a mountain
17. Go scuba diving
18. Go sky diving
19. Visit a foreign country
20. Go backpacking
21. Volunteer for something worthwhile
22. Find a career, not a job
23. Learn to tango
24. Get political
25. Be able to say "I did it!" at least once
26. Brag about yourself
27. Take your parents out to dinner
28. Realize that you're a role model
29. Feel real happiness
30. Look in the mirror and loved who you've become

I learned Japanese. I spontaneously drove up to the Dunes for a day (didn't even have my bathing suit, but it was worth it!) I took Tai Kwon Do and Aikido. I play in the rain every time it rains, and in the mud whenever it rains enough. I kissed in the rain, even if he wasn't Mr. Right. I asked out a very casual aquaintance, I maintain that it counts. I kayak almost every weekend in the summer, and even own my own kayak now. I've ridden a horse. I work for an environmental non-profit, of course I've hugged a tree (now I just need to chain myself to one). Does Canada count as a foreign country? I volunteer as a writer for an alternative newspaper, at the humane society, and at the womens shelter. My job is definitely a career! I'm a commissioner for the city council. I've said "I did it!" at least ten times just looking at this list, and I think admitting that IS bragging. I've not only taken my parents out to dinner, I've taken my grandparents out to dinner. And I like the person I'm becoming, even if I'm not all the way there yet.

So that's more than half my list. I'm going to take a two-week vacation next summer to backpack through Yellowstone and Glacier national parks (and hopefully the Tetons too), and I plan to raft down the Snake while I'm there. I plan to start my masters in 2011, and I am already filling out paperwork for the Masters International program through the Peace Corps, so there's another foreign country and more volunteer work (plus personal growth).

The rest can wait...if I make it all the way through this list before I'm 30, then what will I have to look forward to?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LILLYPILLY24 9/15/2010 3:54PM

    What a great list! Looks like a 'I'm not wasting MY life' sort of list to me. The things you can put on your new list when you're 30 are limitless (learn ANOTHER language! :) )

Good for you!

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THE_SILVER_OWL 9/2/2010 10:16PM

    I am so glad to see that you are LIVING YOUR LIFE!



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CAPECODSANDI 9/2/2010 4:53AM

    Tell the ones you love how you feel about it often!!!!

This is great. I have a bucket list of things I will do before I meet my maker. I check them off as soon as I accomplish them! Life is way too short to let it pass you by! Have a fantastic day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUZIEGREY 9/2/2010 3:23AM

    I love this. There's nothing worse than hearing people of my age and older banging on about all the things they wanted to do, but never got round to because of fear or idleness. I'm pretty sure you'll never reach that stage. Keep on with the list and enjoy life.

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