I turn 30 in just over a week
and I haven’t even had time to think about it… or prepare for it. Turning 20 was like, awesome!, but turning 30? WHOA! I am no longer young, I am no longer allowed to be immature. I’m supposed to know things, act adult-ish, and be mature. And let’s just say, I don’t feel adult-ish at all. So, I looked up 30 Things To Do Before You Turn 30 to see where I stand on the “ready for 30” scale.
It’s a bit longer of a post, but maybe it’ll prepare you for turning 30 with no regrets.
I found this lovely article by Business Insider called 30 Experiences You Should Have Before You Turn 30. Turns out, I’m definitely NOT ready to be 30.
Run a half Marathon.
Does a 10K count? I’ve done that. (Thank you Disney)
Travel somewhere TRULY exotic, anywhere that feels like the end of the earth
So, I’ve visited the Swiss Alps. I visited Mt. Titlis and drove through Mont Blanc. I’m counting it. Otherwise, no, I don’t think I’ve traveled somewhere exotic. That would be somewhere in Asia I think, and, at the moment, I’m not planning any trips to Asia.
Buy tickets to a music festival and rage with the best of them
Does crying at a Taylor Swift concert count as raging with the best of them? It’s counting in my book.
Go skinny dipping
Missed this one. Am I too old now? I’d say yes.
Splurge on a once-in-a-lifetime meal at one of the worlds best restaurants
“Got breakfast for ya. Look, you get porridge and it’s happy to see ya.” Name that movie
I’ve eaten at some very good, expensive restaurants. And yes, they have amazing food. There really is a difference. For as much as I love food, I’m looking forward to eating at more fun, different, exotic, restaurants.
Cook a huge meal and throw a dinner party for friends
I’ve never hosted a HUGE dinner party but I have hosted Oscars parties! And they get better each year.
Test drive your dream car
I’ve had a few different dream cars over my 30 years. I had a Porsche Boxter poster on my wall growing up, then it was the Nissan 350Z, and in the last 10 years its been the Audi Q7- chocolate-colored, with beige interior. Yes, that is my dream car. No I have not driven any of these cars. It seems simple enough. Go to a dealer and ask to test drive one, but I have never done that.
Grab the microphone and perform at a karaoke bar, even if you have stage fright.
Nope, to this also. I even had a chance at my friends 30th party, and I still didn’t. So I don’t see this happening soon. I also don’t see why I need to do this to feel ready to be 30
Stay up all night partying in a big city like Los Angeles, Tokyo, or London
Since I’m not much into the party scene, this doesn’t even sound fun to me. How about Stay up all night READING a book like there’s no tomorrow? I can check that off my list for sure
Watch a meteor shower
I feel like my mom woke me up one time to do this? Or maybe it was just an eclipse. I know I’ve seen eclipses.
Go bungee jumping or skydiving- really, anything that involves heights and massive amounts of adrenaline
Ok, I secretly wonder what it would feel like to jump out of a plane, and then I quickly tell myself, umm NO! But I always wonder- could I actually do it? Would I survive? What would it feel like?
Throw yourself a HUGE birthday party
I feel like this should have been for my 30th birthday. A little late now. So, nope, haven’t done this either.
Climb a mountain (it doesn’t have to be Mt. Everest.)
I have hiked up to Angels Landing at Zion’s National Park! I’ve hiked to the very top and seen everything. I’ve climbed a mountain!
Learn to bartend
Nope, I have never learned this.
Go scuba diving or at least try snorkeling
This, along with sky diving, has always been on my NO list. I’m not a fan of the water, or what’s in the water. But, it seems like something I might, maybe try. Snorkeling at least.
Travel somewhere all by yourself. It’s not as scary as it sounds.
I have never done this. And I’m not sure I’d want to. Aside from the fact that I’d be too scared to travel anywhere other than Disneyland by myself, where is the fun in going alone?
Eat something that makes you squirm
Umm, Sushi. I tried it, gagged, hated it, and will never try it again
Learn to Speak a new Language
Does high school Spanish count? No, I don’t still use it. But it can count for now, right?
Spend a night camping under the stars
This is one on the list that I really would LOVE to do. The stars are so beautiful. My favorite part about driving to at night is being far away from city lights and seeing stars envelope you. It looks like a dome of stars.
Join an intramural sports team, even if you’re not an athlete
If there was a tennis league around, I’d join that for sure. Otherwise, no, I’ve never done this either
Splurge on an item that you technically can’t afford, but that will last for years.
Yes, I have done this. To a degree. I could sort of afford it. But the dress spoke to me and there was no way I could physically walk out of the store with out it. To date, it’s still my most favorite article of clothing.
Sign up to be a mentor, or spend some time volunteering
YES! Another one to check off. Thanks to the give back community at my husband’s work, I have been able to volunteer packing food bags, shopping for Santa presents, and more. I have loved every date night we spent volunteering.
Go Whitewater rafting.
Never even crossed my mind to try.
Apply for your dream job-there’s no better time to try
Ok, so this is an interesting one. I always wanted to teach high school English, but I never finished my degree, so no, I have not applied for this job. My second dream job is to write books. And I can say I’m on my way to being published. I don’t know when it will happen, maybe in another 30 years, but it will one day happen.
Along with writing, my dream job has been to work at Barnes and Noble, stocking shelves with books, recommending books, and smelling the Starbucks Café all day. No, I have not applied for this job either, but who says I can’t? Maybe I should right now, just to say I’ve applied for the job?
Take a cross-country road trip
This is from the window of my car driving around from Switzerland to Italy.
Technically I haven’t done this either. But I’ve driven around Southwest USA a bunch (I have to get to Disneyland somehow), and I’ve driven around part of Europe. Never across the whole country or anything, but I’m counting this.
Attend a Major Sports event (Superbowl, world cup, or World Series…)
Never a finals, but I did watch a US Open tennis match and I was introduced to Novak Djokovic and Caroline Wazniacki. Yes, they played opponents, no I don’t remember who, but my bucket list is to visit all 4 major tennis tournaments
Sign up for a summer share at a beach house, ski house, or lake house
I haven’t done this but YES! That would be awesome.
Take a class that’s totally out of your element, like improve, golf or pottery making
Does attending any college classes count? That was very much out of my element.
Get lost in a foreign country
I cannot say that I’ve been lost (thank you Neverlost) but I’ve taken road trips and enjoyed every minute of it. There’s something about driving around Europe that is just magical.
Unplug for a full day… or even a full week if you’re feeling zen.
Nope, I haven’t done this either. But I’m going on vacation over my birthday and maybe I’ll just accidentally forget my phone. (and then I think, but how will anyone find me… and then I realize what the point of this practice is)
SO, I’m not ready to be 30 according to Business Insider (I’m only at 14/30). I need the 30 YA books to read before turning 30. Maybe I’d pass that list better. BUT I would not say my 30 years have been wasted. Sure I can open up more and enjoy new experiences, but I’m happy with my 30 years. I’m happily married, I have 3 wonderful, beautiful children, they have brought music, and laughter, and knowledge, and stress to my life and I love them so very much for all of it. I have learned much about myself and I know there’s more to learn. I have regrets- not finishing college, not travelling more (even around the US), taking so long to learn what things I enjoy doing and not doing, etc. But I’m happy and ready to turn 30. Bring it on.
Just kidding, I’m in denial and I’m not sure I can accept that I’m actually turning 30. Help me! Please send books, that’s how I cope with life 🙂