This is a very slightly revised version of my original 30 Before 30 (thirty things I’d like to accomplish before I turn thirty) List, which I wrote when I was 22. I’m now 23, so I’ve got about six-and-three-quarter years left to complete as many things on this list as possible! Here’s what we’re working with:
- Live in a major city.
Ideally New York, Philadelphia, Boston, or Chicago, but I’m open to going wherever opportunity lies!
- Get work published with a major publication.
Because I write stuff real goodly.
- Work on a campaign.
Could be at the local, state, or federal level– it just has to be for someone I passionately believe in.
- Run a half marathon.
That will involve me getting my ass off the couch first!
- Experience mutual romantic love.
This is just something I still have yet to fully experience (I don’t mean for it to sound as pathetic as it probably does), and I’d like to at least once in my life.
- Write (at least a complete first draft of) a book.
I have ideas for a non-fiction book and a children’s book, but I’d also really love to have a breakthrough on a novel.
- Save enough money to commission (or purchase an original of) a work of art.
To be specific, this is the artist I have in mind.
- Take the LSAT.
I’m just curious to see how I’d do!
- Live alone for at least six months.
I’m an introvert, so this actually sounds pretty great to me as it is, but I also think it’d be really valuable life experience for me to have to be that self-reliant, and I think I’d grow a lot as a person in that time.
- Invest in the stock market.
I’m kind of clueless when it comes to money, though, so I’d like to educate myself a bit more on making investments before actually doing it.
- Start a project promoting mental health awareness.
…One might be in the works!
- Be able to take on Hairy full-time.
“Full-time”, meaning when I’m settled into my own place and have a stable enough income to be able to take care of him properly.
- Make music.
Music was once my ultimate passion, the thing I thought I’d be doing for the rest of my life. I miss it terribly, and I need to make it a priority again.
- Donate bone marrow.
To be able to give someone that kind of gift would be an absolute honor.
- Travel more of Europe.
I’ve been to Italy, Greece, and Ireland (and I’ll soon be seeing much more of the Motherland), but there is SO much more I want to see. Topping the list for European cities I want to visit are London, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Paris, Venice, Madrid and/or Barcelona, and Geneva.
- Take more pictures. Thousands of them.
In high school, I pretty much always had a camera with me. I’ve always loved taking pictures– they don’t have to be especially artistic or well-composed, but I want to get back into documenting my life in photos with the same enthusiasm I had for it when I was fourteen or fifteen.
- Become fluent in a new language.
I minored in Spanish during undergrad, so I’m still pretty fluent in that (though very out of practice). For practical reasons, I’d like to learn Chinese, Russian, or Arabic. For fun, I’d love to learn Gaelic or pick Italian back up again.
- Make the most of the time I have left with my grandparents.
- Go skydiving.
This is something I’ve wanted to do since I was eighteen (although I have a feeling that, if I wait to do it until I’m pushing thirty, my interest in doing it will have dropped significantly).
- Go a month without eating any processed food.
I’d also like to try doing a month entirely without meat, but those two experiments will have to happen at separate times, otherwise my allergy-ridden ass will be left with very little to eat.
- Master 5-10 new dinner/meal recipes.
Considering my cooking skills are mostly limited to pasta and one pulled pork crockpot recipe, I’ve got some learning to do.
- Plan a surprise party for a loved one.
I love hosting stuff and planning events, and I’d love to make someone I care about feel deeply loved and supported through an event I got to plan for them!
- Start a small editorial business.
I’d eventually like to have a few streams of income, and I’d love to be able to be my own boss for one of those streams!
- Continue therapy.
The last two years of intermittent therapy have helped me so much, and I still have a lot of internal work to do.
- Write something every single day for a year.
As a writer, I’ve often struggled with consistency in practice. I have no trouble when it’s for work or school, but when it’s just writing for the sake of writing, I have serious trouble producing work on a regular basis. But writing is one of my biggest passions, so I want to dedicate myself to a consistent schedule and see how well I do with it.
- Go on a road trip of the Pacific Northwest.
In my head, I imagine this to be a Vancouver-to-Los-Angeles trek, hitting up all of the major cities in between. I’ve only ever been to San Fran and LA, and there’s so much more of the PNW that I’m dying to see.
- Volunteer at least once a month.
Whether it’s with one organization or I divide my time between several, I want to help people more!
- Go to another country to help out impoverished communities in some way.
Again, I want to help people more, and I would love to do so in a place where I can be immersed in a culture that’s different than mine.
- Pay off my student loans.
The payments have begun, but I have a loooooong way to go. I’m currently on track to pay them off in about ten years, but if I could cut that time down? That’d be the dream.
- Give at least one hug every day. (Preferably three.)
Do you have a 30 Before 30 list? Comment below with a few of the items from yours!