Today my “sister from another mister” turns 30. She was one of the first friends I made when I moved to Harrisburg more than four years ago.
We both worked at the same newspaper, so we’d sometimes commute to work together, but more often than not, we’d just commiserate over a beer or two afterward.
We’ve seen each other at our best — celebrating major life milestones, new jobs and relationships; as well as at our worst — did I mention that we both lived in downtown Harrisburg?
Last week, in the birthday girl’s honor, no doubt, #thingsyoushouldstopdoinginyour30s was a trending topic on Twitter. There were a lot of suggestions (check out a roundup courtesy of collegecandy.com) including:
Wearing a belly button ring (@Diaryofabaddate) (take note, Lauren Boyer, you only have seven more years to wear yours!)
Going the club and hanging out with 20-year-olds every night (@Labellalman)
Asking your parents for money (@NewRevGroup)
Shopping in the Junior section (@MsMichelleRenae)
Living with your parents (@cdmidence)
Though I’m more than three years away from the big 3-0 myself, my friend’s birthday has got me thinking about what I want to accomplish before blowing out three decades’ worth of candles (aside from stopping just about everything Twitter has suggested — hooray for being ahead of the curve on the ones mentioned above!).
This past year, I made a bucket list with the boyfriend. It hangs in our kitchen and has things like “Go to an Orioles game” and “Eat a banana split in a cup” crossed off. We still have a lot more to go … and add, though I can’t wait to knock “Visit Mickey’s house” off at the end of the year.
I recently stumbled upon The 30 Before 30 Project and felt inspired to start another bucket list of things I want to accomplish in the next few years.
Here are a few of the top to-do items on my “Before 30″ bucket list:
- Finish my master’s degree. I’m close, but I’m really anxious to get that piece of paper already and start signing B.A./M.S. after my name on Christmas cards (kidding, of course).
Find a hairstyle and stick with it. In the past four years, I’ve had bangs, a pixie cut, brown hair, black hair and near-platinum blonde hair. For now it’s pretty close to my natural color and long enough to braid; we’ll see how long that lasts.
Figure out whether or not I want kids (though not actually have them before my 30th birthday). There are days when I want to take other people’s children home with me, but more often than not, I can’t imagine managing the daily responsibilities of a house cat, let alone a human being. I need to stop being so wishy washy on the whole idea.
Get a passport — and use it. I’ve never been outside of the country and am itching to go to a foreign land … or even Canada at this point.
Save for a rainy day. I had to seriously scrimp to make ends meet during my first job out of college, which left my savings account near non-existent. I’m working on that, but would like to have enough stashed away for a down payment on a house or another big purchase.
Learn to cook. I can follow a recipe with the best of them, but when it comes to looking in the freezer and seeing only frozen chicken, I usually panic and order Chinese. I’d like to learn to cook the day-to-day meals that fill in the spots in between my large batches of lasagna and chili. I’m sure the boyfriend would appreciate this one as well.
What items do you have on your “Before 30″ bucket list? Any goals you suggest I tackle now before I’m officially (and dramatically) over the hill? For those who have reached the big 3-0, what do you wish you accomplished earlier in life?