Ladies and gentlemen, it is January, better known as my birthday month. And it’s not an ordinary birthday year either, it is my 29th birthday! And why is that such a big deal, you may ask? Well, apparently the 30s is the real deal which translates to a whole year of planning and preparing for the almighty 30.
I’m sure you’ve experienced the age panic that society imposes in all of us; the higher the number, the sadder people get. That nonsense doesn’t apply to me a single bit. I, unlike some people, can’t wait to begin my 30’s. I welcome my crow’s feet and camel toe with a big sense of humor. Now, that doesn’t mean that I’ve had a horrible past or a too-good-to-be-true one either. I’ve had an amazing 20’s and I’m genuinely excited to lock in 10 more years of stories and personal soul searching.
I was in the midst of planning my 29th birthday party, looking for a venue, visualizing the perfect birthday outfit, picking out the birthday cake, and figuring out whom to invite, when while texting with my girlfriend Brittney, she said, “Is there anything special you want to do before 30?” A big blank nothing came up in my head, I probably stared into the wall for a good 5 minutes. Do I have any 30-year-old-women goals? Have I done everything that my 20-year-old-self expected?
I started to research about it; I opened Google and literally typed in “What do I have to do before my 30s?” 3200 million hits of movies, books, magazines, and blogs came up right in front of my eyes. And of course I am the biggest sucker for these types of things. I love challenges, to do lists, fun life projects, anything that basically makes me experience out-of-the-ordinary events. And guess what? I am going to do it!
I read through a good mix of funny, extreme, dramatic, and easy lists. Some of them made me feel quite accomplished already, others far behind in life. However, by summarizing all lists that I skimmed through, here are 20 things that I’ve already done, and my official 30 before 30 list!
For all the 1985ers: JOIN ME!