Blogmas Day 10: 30 By 30

In the past, I’ve been the type of person to have every step of my life planned out, especially when I was just starting college. Over the past five years, there were several occasions where I had to learn the hard way that you can’t always plan your life out step by step, and because of those moments, I’ve learned to accept things as they come, and not be so caught up with reaching huge milestones, or pressuring myself to reach a certain accomplishment by a certain time. But occasionally I still catch myself making mental lists of things I want to do, or goals I want to accomplish at some point in my life. Although I’m not a huge believer in bucket lists, it’s still fun to fantasize about things I think would be cool to accomplish during my life, especially in my twenties. I’ve compiled my own “30 by 30” list, and while I am okay with not accomplishing a lot of these things, it’s still cool to have something tangible that I can look back on and either realize the amazing things I’ve done, or laugh at how ridiculously ambitious I was. In any case, here are 30 things I’d like to do before I turn 30.

  1. Be an extra in a movie or TV show.
  2. Learn to drive a stick shift.
  3. Leave for a trip on a whim.
  4. Give someone a reason to believe in God.
  5. Write (and sell) a screenplay.
  6. Learn a new language.
  7. Visit the east coast.
  8. Host a dinner party.
  9. Go on a personal retreat.
  10. Take a trip somewhere with some close friends.
  11. Fly first class.
  12. Roll my own sushi.
  13. Throw a surprise party.
  14. Adopt a puppy.
  15. Get published.
  16. Do an in-depth research on my family tree.
  17. Write a novel.
  18. Serve on a jury.
  19. Get a second (and third) tattoo.
  20. Try not to eat with a fork for a year.
  21. Play in the snow.
  22. Learn to play the banjo.
  23. Work at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving (or just on any other normal day).
  24. Sell something I created.
  25. Watch the sun rise.
  26. Stay up all night having a heart-to-heart.
  27. Move somewhere new.
  28. Dissect the Bible in great detail and retain a better understanding of the Word.
  29. Fill up an entire journal (either with entries or hand-lettering).
  30. Cook every recipe in a cookbook.

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