30 Before 30

The other day I realized several things. First, my 10 year high school reunion is only 2 years away (whether I actually go or not is a whole other story). Second, in only four years I will be 30. 30! If you've seen that episode of Friends where they all turn 30, I'm going to be Rachel. I hope everyone is ready to see me sobbing over cake.

Now, I'm sure that 30 isn't going to be that awful. I'm sure that I'm just being horribly over-dramatic (shocker). I have absolutely no reason to think that once I hit 30, everything will go downhill. I don't expect my relationship, job, and housing situation to all explode when that day comes.

In fact, I know that I'll be lucky to reach 30. Some people don't. Mortality has been a front runner in my mind the past week or so...cheerful, I know. But within the space of three days, I had the 2 year anniversary of my aunt's death, the 2 year anniversary of my best friend's dad's death, and the 1 year anniversary of the death of a student. It was not a pleasant few days, but it made me think about what I want MY life to be like.

If you know me, then you'll know that I'm a big fan of lists. I have lists for everything: groceries, to-do, packing, homework assignments, things to remember to tell people. So, in order to make myself feel better, I decided to make a list of things I want to do in the next 4.5 years.

It's my 30 before 30.

30 Before 30

I'm sure that I won't hit everything on this list. If I do, it'll be a miracle. There's a lot of traveling stuff on here, and that takes money that I don't have. But why not? It's an option, right?

Some things are easy...making a time capsule and getting another piercing, for example. A couple things have already been checked off: Go to a major sporting event (January 2016) and hike a volcano (March 2009). Some things will be a little more difficult, and that's okay. I want to challenge myself! I feel like, at a certain point, a lot of people stop. They find a routine and stick to it. I love routine, but I don't want my life to be monotonous. And my last square, #30, is blank because I'm trying to come to terms with the fact that occasionally things happen that aren't planned...and those things can be amazing!

Besides, what's the point of living if you don't let yourself experience new things?

Cheers, y'all. Go do something awesome! (Though, maybe wait until after this winter storm blows through.)

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