About five years ago I came up with a list of things to do before I turned 30. I went back and updated over the years as my tastes changed and my paths forked. I completed a lot in five years — only three things remain unchecked. I’m okay with that. Five years ago, I probably would have neurotically run in circles trying to finish this list in the next two days. I’m a different person now than I was back then. I’m a different person than I was 10 or 15 years ago. I like me now. It’s a good feeling.
As I sit here on the verge of 30, I’m amazed at how far I’ve come. On the 18th I start a new job as a communications and development manager working on a $1.5 million capital campaign for a local nonprofit. It’s a wonderful opportunity made possible by the fact that I’ve nearly finished my graduate degree in museum studies and nonprofit management. I’m married. I have three awesome step-children. Life is better than I’d ever imagined.
So here’s to the next 10 years. 30 is going to be a good decade.
I will be 30-years-old in a little over 5 years from now. When I saw this on moments of exhilaration I thought that it would be a good time for me to think about what I want to do with my life over the next five years. A short-term bucket list, if you will.
In no particular order and without further ado: My 30 Before 30!
Earn my B.A. in art history Get married Start graduate school Write an article for something other than this blog(Here is the link to the article!) Travel somewhere I have never been(Went to Vegas!) Visit a new museum(MIA) Present original research at a conference
- See a ballet or symphony
Willingly photograph life for the joy of it(Instagram) Purchase an expensive item of clothing without feeling guilty Forgive someone Earn a college degree(I’m a CVT) Join a club that interests me Become a member of three professional organizations Find a job that isn’t “work” Write more and without reservation(Coming Clean) Make a new friend Develop a new sense of self-confidence Forgive myself Create something amazing(Curated an exhibit on women’s suffrage)
- Travel to the ocean again
- See the Northern Lights
Finish a television or book series(Firefly) Stop caring about what others think Volunteer Conquer two years of Latin Read one of the “classics” Get a manicure Write something substantial Purge all unwanted material items from my life(Working on emptying the basement!)
For something a bit more extreme: My Bucket List