Just to clarify: I’m 29, and in 10 months I’ll be 30.
I have always looked forward to turning 30. I had this idea in my head that turning 30 would mean that I’d enter a totally different stage of my life. Like, all of a sudden I wouldn’t be so clumsy, and I’d have my shit together, basically.
But I was talking to a friend the other day about turning 30, and much like me, she’s right on the cusp of it. When I mentioned that I was excited for the change, she said, “Really? Because I think that turning 30 is going to be exactly the same, except I’ll be 30.”
The problem is, she had a point. My 30th is only 10 months away and, really, why would that age make my life drastically different?
Much like any other birthday, the only thing that truly changes is your age. And yet, I can look back at 25, 26, 27, and 28, and remember if it was a good year, or a bad year. I’d really like to make 29 a good year. So good that by the time I’m 30 I really do feel different.
There are a lot of “30 things to do before you turn 30” lists out there, and they have suggestions like travel, volunteer, write a book, etc etc. All of those are great things to do, but realistically, I probably won’t be able to backpack through Europe, and I wouldn’t really want to, at this point in my life. My thing is this: I’d actually like to make a to do list of what I should accomplish before 30 that are actually accomplishable. A list of 30 things to do before you leave your 20s, basically.
With the help of E, I came up with some things that I’ve always personally wanted to do, and I think I could get done in the next 10 months:
- Eat an entire cheese pizza all by myself in one sitting. This has been a goal of mine ever since watching Curly Sue do it as a kid.
- Finish writing the musical I’ve been working on, and have it put up in New York.
- Go on a totally spontaneous, spur of the moment weekend trip.
- Learn how to make sushi! Which is also a bucket list item of mine.
- Read Anna Karenina
- Go camping/glamping, because I’ve ever been.
- Spend a day at a weird food festival, and don’t feel guilty about not doing any work that day. (Maybe the LA Street Food Fest?)
- Watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Because I’ve actually never seen it.
- Learn Italian. Or rather, begin to learn Italian. So, maybe a goal of 200 Italian words in 10 months?
- For the next 10 months, have some kind of dinner party with friends once a month.
- Finish decorating and painting our new apartment so that it feels complete. (E said, “I feel like a few more rugs would really tie the place together!”)
- Beat E in a game of chess. He’s really good.
I’d like to get this list up to 30, and I’m curious if anyone has suggestions? If you’re already 30 or older, what are some things you would have liked to have done? And if you’re under 30, what are some cool and realistic goals I could set over the next 10 months to make me a more well-rounded person? Help me turn 30!