Assume that you’re single and just turned 29. You’ve got a year to become a wise, worldly and experienced (and really cool) thirty year old. You don’t want to feel like life is passing you by without a good fight.
I did just turn 29 this month, I am single, and I don’t have a list. Why? Because my major goal (finishing grad school within the 2 year limit I’ve set for myself) can’t possibly be completed before I turn 30, as I just started the program in August.
But I’ll be interested to see other’s ideas. Ya know, give me something to work on during the next 11 months or so.
Since it’s been ages since I turned thirty, and I probably didn’'t do anything on most people’s lists, it would be too depressing to read. I suppose there’s still time to get arrested for having unsafe sex with a stripper and an ostrich while skydiving into a Stones concert, but it just seems so empty now.
Or just sit on the couch and watch “Gilligan’s Island” reruns and be happy you’ll be alive to celebrate turning 30.
Actually you know, I’m almost there and I haven’t the foggiest idea. Personally I probably wont pay all that much attention to it. Plus I got a cat. I’m so boring. Although I would like to buy a nice 30 foot sailboat and learn hot to really sail her and sail around the eastern Pacific. Marquesas, Tahiti you know the places.
Man this is the best idea ever, wonder where I can find an ostrich? As for my own list I have done a good amount of it. I would like to see a few more states. The thing I would really really like to do though is ride my motorcycle to Alaska and just sit/camp at the Artic circle on June 21, my birthday. I will be 30 next year.
If you want to be a cool 30- (or 40- or 50- or whatever-) year-old, I suggest living your life to the fullest extent possible, realizing that you’re not rehearsing for some indefinite time when you will arrive and that the path itself is the goal. Don’t worry about deadlines, whether self-imposed or not, just start doing whatever it is you want to get done. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking, “I’ll never be able to accomplish such-and-such by this specific age, so I have to find something else to do.”
Above all, keep an open mind, be interested in other people, and try to realize that life doesn’t pass anyone by unless they choose to see it that way. The life you’re living is it. Use it as you will.
Another one: consider moving to a foreign country for a while (like a year or more), if you can, and learn the language. This can be the experience of a lifetime, and it’s harder to pull off as you grow older.