I turned 29 last week and I got a lot of remarks about how 29 is nearly 30, as if I couldn’t count. I don’t think much about turning 30, just as I didn’t think much about turning 29 or 28. But, as 30 is perceived as a milestone, it made me think about what I’ve accomplished in my 29 years of life.
I came across this article about things that you should do before you’re 30. It’s a pretty interesting and diverse list. Much to my satisfaction, I’ve completed most of these. I’ve accomplished 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, and 13.
I’ve never had a meme go viral (3) but I’d love to. I wonder, though, how feasible that actually is. I’ve also never crowd funded a project (10) but that’s also something I’ve wanted to do and is a lot more likely to actually happen.
Honestly, outsourcing (11), speaking with people (12) and giving back (13) are more ongoing projects than something to truly accomplish before you turn 30. But lear
ning how to do them and work on doing them regularly is something to strive for.
Learning what I’m good at and doing what I want to be doing later now are the two things I’ve been thinking about and working on a lot lately. For me, the idea that “the future is now” has set in in the last few months. Things I’ve been putting off, that I tell myself I’ll abstractly do when I’m “older” have become more appealing to work on now.
The downside to this realization is that my to-do list for the next year has gotten very long.