Today is my 26th birthday! (Or, as my brother put it this morning, the day I am officially “closer to 30 than I am to 20.” Thanks for that one, Funk). There hasn’t been much time for celebrating today due to work/staff meeting/graduate class, although there was a little bit of incognito cake-eating in my last class of the day (no, parties and food aren’t allowed in the middle of the school day, but I’m not one to turn down a student-made cake on my birthday. That would just be cruel and wasteful!). However, I have taken a little bit of time in the last few weeks leading up to my birthday reflecting back on the past year. This is what I came up with:
My 25th year was, in a word, busy. This year, I surprised myself and did a few things I never thought I’d do, proving to myself that I am capable of a lot more than I give myself credit for, and that stepping outside of my self-imposed box of safety is sometimes the best thing I can ever do. I trained for and ran my first half-marathon, raising nearly $1,500 for charity. I spent two weeks in Israel with forty two strangers (who didn’t remain strangers for long!). I started working on my master’s degree while teaching full-time. Nick and I made it through another year of long-distance. I started a blog! I pushed myself this year, and it paid off. I’m crossing into my mid-to-late twenties (oy) feeling accomplished, content, and excited about the year ahead.
A couple of weeks ago, I started thinking about where I’d like to be in four years. On a whim, I created a “30 Things To Do Before Turning 30” list. The results:
1. Get my master’s degree.
2. Get married.
3. Travel to California.
4. Go swimming in the Pacific Ocean.
5. Start a blog.
6. Get published.
7. Run another half marathon.
8. Go SCUBA diving.
9. Buy a house.
10. Own a dog.
11. Learn to surf.
12. Travel to Hawaii.
13. Travel to Europe: France, England, Greece, Italy.
14. Learn more about photography.
15. Take cooking classes.
16. Give therapy a try.
17. Go to Harry Potter world.
18. Play an instrument.
19. Go see a professional football game (not sure why).
20. Meet new people.
21. Do something creative.
22. Reread the entire Harry Potter series back-to-back.
23. Grow and maintain a garden.
24. Read more classics.
25. Try to live vegan for a week.
26. Go skiing and snowboarding.
27. Read more Shakespeare.
28. Tap dance again.
29. Bake my own bread.
30. Be content.
Obviously there are things on this list that are going to be easier to accomplish than others (um, baking bread versus buying a house?) and I’ve already crossed number 5 off my list! I am confident that I can achieve a lot of these things in the next four years and, heck, let’s be honest, I’ll probably add another thirty things to the existing list as the years go on. C’est la vie, right?
What do you want to accomplish in the next four or five years? Anything you’re itching to cross off your “list”?