I have started this blog post at least 4 times. Maybe I just didn’t want to face the reality. First it was “In a couple of months”, then “In a few weeks”, then “In less than two weeks”, and now….In less than one week, I will be turning 30 years old.
That’s not too bad, though. Thirty is the new 20, right? Well, my knees and back sure don’t think so. I had to visit a chiropractor for the first time in my life. And he did not magically fix things. I feel like I’ve been lied to.
So many people have a list of things that they want to do before they turn 30, as if their lives automatically become boring and monotonous afterward. I do love lists, and the idea of having goals to accomplish before my birthday appealed to me, so I borrowed an idea that my best friend Emma used before her 30th last year: I put out a jar and some sticky notes and asked others what they thought I should do in my life before hitting that dreaded number.
I put the jar out way back in December, and the responses covered a wide range. From location-specific (see the great pyramids, visit Greece) to the adrenaline-inducing (skydiving, swim with sharks) to the mundane (read a book you wouldn’t normally read, eat 29 brioche). Plus there were some jokesters who had some very comical suggestions (but tattoo, face tattoo… lots of tattoos).
Some of the challenges, I had already done. Some, I will never do (refer back to butt tattoos, etc). And some I have actually been able to accomplish in the past few months! A few others will take more time. Enjoy these highlights from my 30ish to do before 30:
- Eat something new and weird – We ate blowfish in Japan in December!
- Dance in the streets of Tokyo late at night – Also during the December trip.
- Turn 29 – Wow, creative one there.
- See a play in London – I saw The Tempest at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre during my travels in 2013. It was awesome!
- Carnevale in Venezia – Went last month and had an amazing time!
- Go skinny dipping – Summers in Bly.
- Ski/Snowboard in the Alps – We hit the slopes in the Dolomites in February! So beautiful!
- Shave a part of your head – Credit to cousin Mindy for this one. 🙂
- Book the cheapest flight you can find out of Italy and go! – Did this at the end of my undergrad semester abroad. Flight to Rhodes for €8!
- Visit at least one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World – That cheap flight to Rhodes took us to the site of the Colossus of Rhodes, which sadly doesn’t exist anymore. And then there is my favorite, the Colosseum in Rome!
- Cheese tasting with the MBAs – We did this a couple of weeks ago and it was incredible. The experience deserves its own blog post.
- Get another tattoo/Get a tattoo with Emma – Mom will not love this one.
Still Working On:
- Paragliding! – I got like 5 recommendations for this one, since it is so popular in the Monte Grappa area. I plan on doing it in May!
- Read a book you wouldn’t normally select/Read a book recommended by Dr. Al – I started one, just haven’t finished it. I’m on chapter….. one, honestly.
- Speak only Italian for 24 hours – This one is intimidating, but I will do it at some point!
- Go back to Greece – I would love to visit Athens! It’s in the plans!
- Eat 29 brioche – I’m sure I have gone beyond 29, but since I’ve started counting, it’s only been about 12.
- Become a LIFE Trainer
- Hot air balloon ride!
- Visit Africa/See the great pyramids – Soon, I hope!
- Karaoke in Japan – I can’t believe we did not do that. It was everywhere! We just kept putting it off.
- Swim with sharks…. maybe
- Road trip through Oregon – If you count Klamath Falls to Pendleton, I’ve done this, but I would like to see more of Eastern Oregon and as a vacation instead of work/school/sports.
- Hike a 14er in Colorado
Probably Won’t Do:
- Face tattoo or butt tattoo
- Buy your CIMBA students beer – Maybe when I’m ready to be fired.
- Bike across the States
- Eat a week of nothing but pizza
- Run naked in the fields at 6:00 am
- Call your first S.O. to say hey – Absolutely not.
Overall, I feel like I’m doing pretty well for 30! Obviously, different people have different goals for their lives. Many of the friends I grew up with are married with kids. Although some people in my position may feel like they’re “behind” in that way, I don’t think so. That’s not where I want to be in my life right now, and that’s okay. I’m in decent shape, both physically and financially, I like my job, I’m halfway to an MBA, I’m living abroad and having a ton of fun, new experiences – I’ve got a lot going for me! Overall, 30 is not looking too bad.
I think I will keep my list, and continue to add to it. Maybe make it into a “Things Kim Should Do By 40” list. A few things I need to add: be the best auntie ever, and act as a tour guide for my family when they visit me in Italy!
Any other must-do activities that I am missing? Feel free to offer suggestions!