30 before 30
Sometimes i wish I would have made a 30 before 30 list at age 20. It could have been full of such huge accomplishments and life steps. Graduate college, get my first job, live abroad, travel to europe, fall in love, travel to Asia, travel to NYC, get married, buy a new car with cash, get a M.S. degree, walk on a glacier, save 100k in retirement, ride an elephant in Thailand, run a marathon, climb a mountain, etc., etc., etc. (<— some awesome things I’ve done)
There are some things I wouldn’t even have thought to dream of when I was 20. I expected to move away from home, but I don’t think I ever expected to live in California. I certainly didn’t expect to live so close to the ocean that I could (at least sometimes) hear seals barking in the early morning. I probably had other dreams that are no longer important to me. Plans change, life changes, and sometimes new opportunities I never even thought to dream of pop up. Ten years is a long time.
There are two things that, when I was younger, I probably wanted by 30 that will be delayed. First, I want to make a $100k salary by the time I’m 30. This isn’t totally unreasonable, but I’d have to switch jobs/companies to pull it off. I’m not sure it is worth that. There are too many question marks. The second is to be pregnant. I’m getting closer and closer to feeling ready for this, but I know I won’t be by this time next year.
I turn 29 this month. At this point, a 30 before 30 list would largely consist of things I already (at least loosely) plan to do. It wouldn’t differ much from my usual yearly goals, it would just have a different start and end time. So, instead of my usual big yearly goals, I figured I’d just make a list of fun things and smaller things. No need to make it so overly ambitious. Make it fun, right?
I also won’t consider listing things I already have plans for as cheating. I won’t list things that take months of preparation, planning, and striving. I won’t list things that require starting new routines. That doesn’t mean I have no big goals or plans – they just aren’t part of this particular fun & no-pressure list. Most of these things I’ve never done before, but a few of them I have!
- Try paddle boarding
- Give time (20 hours minimum). I’m pursing a local charity that I want to get involved with. If it falls through, I have some other ideas. I know 20 hours isn’t much, but it is something
- Give cold hard cash to this charity. Maybe others. (Inspiration from series here.)
- Get a print of a photo to hang in our apartment
- Go to The Moth StorySlam
- Get on the Marrow Donor list (inspiration here)
- See a Broadway show (on tour in LA)
- Watch the sunrise and sunset in the same day (not hard in the short winter months!)
- Try out sea kayaking
- Finish the books on my nightstand (plagiarized goal from Amber)
- Get new pillows for our couch. Seriously hate our current ones!
- Make homemade jam (strawberry, probably)
- Read then watch Gone With the Wind (my grandma’s favorite)
- Visit the MOCA again (with T) – I already went for free while on Jury duty
- Get a massage
- Climb a mountain, any mountain, even one I’ve done before (hopefully this will be more than one)
- Eat vegan for 1 week
- Snow shoe! It has been forever, and I’ve never tried it in Cali
- Do yoga on the beach at sunrise – no mat required, can be short, just do it!
- Kiss my husband the rain (due to lack of rain around here, this might be the hardest one on the whole list!)
- Have a picnic
- Go on a real bike ride with T – not a hard one, but not just around the neighborhood
- Run home from work (I almost did this last year but, uh, got lost, sort of, took a detour, and quit about 3 miles away and made T pick me up. I think it is about 12 miles)
- Learn to use the manual settings on my camera (bonus points for learning to create an HDR photo, but that requires software and such)
- Get & wear colored jeans (<– so i can laugh at my foolish self in 5-10 years)
- Go outdoor rock climbing (worst case scenario is that I can’t find a way to do this independently & on the cheap and I pay $90 for the REI class)
- Make homemade marshmallows & use them in s’mores. And/or hot chocolate. (I just think it is weird that you can make homemade marshmallows. Could also make homemade graham crackers!)
Things I considered but didn’t put on the list:
- Get a grown up hair cut
- Go on an overnight backpacking trip… alone (!! I mean, what if a bear eats me?)
- Pay my student loan to $9,999 – the low interest rate makes this NOT the wisest use of our funds. Plus, the future is a little unknown, and it is just going to be better to have the cash in the bank
- Travel alone – I’ve basically (though not quite 100%) done this and I can’t think of any shorter (cheaper!) trips I want to do on my own in the next year
- Hot air balloon ride – too expensive for what it is, even though I have tons of other relatively expensive activities on my list
- Go to a baseball game – I don’t really like sports or baseball, so I don’t even know why this almost made it on my list
I’m still 3 short. Anyone have any ideas? The theme is “relatively easy, but fun and/or adventurous!”