Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Thirty Before 30

Turning 30 sucks, I don't care what anyone says about it - I don't care how positive you are about it, the truth of the matter is - it's that big milestone to remind you that your 20's, as miserable or as wonderful as they were, are OVER. Turning 16 was fun. Turning 18 was fun. Turning 21 was fun. Heck, turning 25 and having the right to rent a car was fun. But turning 30? Highly doubtful.

The only highlight of turning 30 is somewhere, I had a "Thirty Before 30" list. I can't seem to find it anymore so in the interest of turning 30 without a list, I've recreated one to hold myself accountable towards for the next year (I'm not 30 yet - thank goodness). So I thought to myself.. how do I construct a list that truly represents what I wanted to accomplish at 30 before I was a year away? In order to do that, I have to go back to the future (love the movie) and think of what I hoped to accomplish by 30 when I was oh - say 20. So here's my list along with commentary and what will shock you are the things that are on there, indicating what I hadn't done by the age of 20.

1. Get married - done!
2. Have kid(s)- done! one counts!
3. Buy a house - On hold after I married a student.
4. Decorate the newly purchased home - see 3 above
5. Go camping - Andy took me for the first time last year and we're going again this weekend!
6. Go to Europe, specifically Greece - cuz it's amazing and I really love Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (don't lie, you do too!)
7. Go skinny dipping - not sure if this will ever happen.. too risky for my likes but somehow I thought by 30 I might have the guts.
8. Learn how to sew - done, not well... but it just says learn.
9. Get my CPA - done after a brutal number of tries
10. Go on a cruise - pending
11. Go sailing - done
12. Go hiking - done
13. Go on a real vacation (Vegas does not count nor do training weekends before or after, nor do wedding weekends) - done...the honeymoon was my first real vacation (sad huh?)
14. Write a book - pending
15. Learn to cook - I'll say accomplished, it doesn't say learn to cook WELL, just learn to cook
16. Read Fountainhead - my college roommate did and I was so impressed... but never go around to it, the longest bookz I've ever read are A Prayer for Owen Meany (Simon Birch) and Harry Potter!
17. Stop biting my nails - not sure if this will happen
18. Go to a concert - (the Super Korean concert in tenth grade and the college concerts I got to go to for free as a resident assistant don't feel like they really count)
19. Get a six pack ... or a four pack, heck just a line down my stomach indicating I am somewhat ripped - don't think I'll ever accomplish this one
20. Go surfing - done, didn't get up on the board but trying counts
21. Get published - done page 46 anyone?
22. Learn to play the guitar - yeah, some things won't get crossed off my list
23. Run a 5k - done
24. Run a 10k - done
25. Run a half marathon - again, some things won't get crossed off my list cuz I'm over running
26. Do a pull-up - again, some things probably won't get crossed off my list... EVER!
27. Go to the Oscars - I thought I could go as a seat filler after two years with the Firm, but I only made it to the Emmys three times (and we left early the third time because we were a bit bored), guess it's a lost cause unless my brother makes it in the industry!
28. Do some meaningful philanthropic work - done through the Ronald McDonald Camp for Good Times and Philanthro and the Church
29. Learn to french braid - still trying
30. Do the splits - probably never going to happen

And there you have it - in no particular order. 15/30 .... 50% ain't half bad.


Chris and Paige Evans said...

You've gotten quite a bit checked off I'm impressed! When is your birthday? We should celebrate!

Babe said...

LMBO!!! it may seem bad now. ( I remember the same sentiments whe I turned 30. At this point in my life I wouldn't mind 30 right about now!
Good job on the checklist!

Passelly said...

I can help with number 29! I learned how to french braid my own hair from watching a youtube tutorial. I can totally teach you :)

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Gena Hopper said...

Ah the thirties: more pregnancies and sleepless nights. Huzzah! I remember your list, I think it was in the first blog if you still have access to it. Some of the items seemed familiar, but I don't remember specifics. Young at heat D, I think it really works.