This weekend I celebrated my 28th birthday at Lake Powell. I am such a lucky, lucky girl! I love my birthdays. I have never pouted about getting closer to 30. I embrace each of my birthdays as an opportunity for new adventures.
I wanted to take this birthday in particular to set goals for the future that didn’t involve diplomas or bar exams. Having gone straight to college after high school and having gone to law school straight from college, I never did something crazy. While I love my career field and am so grateful to have the tool with which I want to make an income, I do harbor a few regrets.
Although there are certain adventures I can’t accommodate as easily anymore, there are plenty of others I can. I’ve spent the last few months writing this “30 Before 30″ list and I’ll have two years to finish it. These 30 tasks are things I keep saying I should do or have never told anyone I want to do. (And here’s an outright tisk tisk to those naysayers who have already said I can’t do it all. How will I know if I never try?)
Without further adieu, my 30 before 30 activities are:
- Start and keep a blog.
- Get something published in a legal publication.
- Milk a cow. No kidding.
Make and present banana flambe, complete with flame.See here. Run a little marathon – 5k totally acceptable.See here. Hike to Timpanogos Cave. See here.
- Visit Arches National Park.
- Interview my late Grandmother’s relatives about her life.
Eat at Tucina Coscana.See here. Wear a red dress somewhere. See here. Practice and perform Thriller at a Halloween party. See here.
- Take a Photoshop course.
Get a 401K or other “grown-up” financial plan in place.See here.
- Visit Jackson Hole.
- Spend a one-on-one weekend with Mama Judd.
Win a trial.See here.
- Take a dance class – tango, belly, whatever.
- Dye my hair brown.
Enjoy an expensive bottle of wine.See here.
- Watch Schindler’s List.
- Buy stock in something.
- Go rafting.
- Spend a Thanksgiving volunteering at a homeless shelter.
Exercise at least enough to lose a bra size -or two.See here. Sew something with a sewing machine.See here.
- Cruise the Pacific Coast Highway.
- Try meditation.
Can some vegetables.See here. Watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s. See here. Buy a lottery ticket.See here.
I’ve tried to make a list that doesn’t hinge on circumstances I can’t control. For example, I’d love to get married and have kids one day but those things will come when the time is right.
What do you think? Do you know where I can find a cow? What are things you keep saying you should do?