Or the Last Fun Things I Will Ever Do Because I Will be OLD in November….
Personally, I prefer 30 before 30—doesn’t make 30 sound so ominous or scary or whatever cultural cache built up around the age of 30 is supposed to be or signify. Age has never really been a big deal, birthdays were about celebrating and receiving gifts or cards or phone calls or witty Facebook wall posts or tweets or clever smoke signals.
But 30 is supposed to be different. Like all of my youth is slowly fleeing once I reach November 5th.
So rather than drink my youth away in glasses of wine and lament my passing into the “old” category. I am celebrating 2011 with 30 new things before I turn 30. The rules are simple and flexible. I will try 30 new experiences, foods, places, ideas before I turn 30. See easy…REALLY EASY! Remember, I will be turning “OLD” soon so if it isn’t easy, then I will never remember to do any of it.
Now, coming up with ideas was a bit more challenging…so I asked my Facebook and Twitter friends. Some of the suggestions were unique and just not in my whole taste…visiting a nudist colony and skinny dipping are just not on my bucket list or any life list of mine. Then getting a tattoo was a possibility, but I’m terrified of needles which doesn’t explain why I took up knitting because it uses needles. I firmly accept my idiosyncrasies. But finding 30 new experiences is proving to be a challenge because: a) I don’t have tons of money to invest in this project ,b) I want to live till I see many birthdays following 30.
Today, I am posting a partial list of the 30 before 30 so that as the year goes on I can add other new brilliant ideas to said list.
- Learn to knit—I’m currently practicing my rock star knitting skills by making Barbie blankets
- Quit giving a rat’s ass about what people think of me
- Read every single book on my 2011 book list
- Write my novel…Yes, I will have a draft!
- Join and go to the gym—nothing like what TV makes going to the gym look like
- Blog EVERYDAY for an entire month—I choose February because it is short.
- Throw a themed dinner party on a budget—I have an addiction to creative and cheap parties.
- Sell one article to a magazine
- Write 30 poems for the blog
- Cook a 5 course dinner on a limited budget.
- Ride a new roller coaster that I’ve not ridden before this year.
- Devote a week to promoting others’ blogs, ideas, articles on my blog, but secretly.
- Learn how to drink wine and really understand how they can taste cherries, vanilla, and oak.
- Go tubing in the North Carolina mountains—summer trip!
- Learn the art of pasta making—could so use the help of any Italians
Question: What things would you add to this list? Have you tried making a list of things to do before a certain age?