So based on Miranda’s 31 Things to Do Before 31, (as well as the subsequent lists I found here and here) I decided I’d make a list too. After all, they say your 30s are the best years of your life, so I might as well take advantage of them. And while the 101 Things to Do Before You Die tend to be “big” things, there are a lot of “little” things that I’ve always meant to do and they should be included on a list somewhere too. Many of these are holdovers from my high schools list:
- Be Able to Do a Pull Up
I have NO upper body strength and while I’ve always been rather athletic/worked out, I’ve never been able to do a pull up. Its what kept me from getting the Presidential Fitness award back in elementary school (yeah, and I’m still upset about it). Time to start working out my arms! (This kinda goes in line with my recent fascination with rock climbing. Add it to the list!)
2. Send cards regularly (birthdays, anniversaries, etc).
I’m a pretty thoughtless person when it comes to this stuff and when others remember to send me cards, I feel like crap for not returning the thought on their special days.
3. Be known for one food dish
It seems like everyone in my group is known for that one food dish during get togethers. I’m not a cook, so I guess I’ve got to start cooking first before I can reach this goal.
Yeah, yeah, yeah…its that time I guess.
5. Learn another language
This is on THE list but I was trying to think of things I could do if this is the decade of having a child. Can’t do as much skydiving and traveling, but I can study a language in between naps and feedings.
6. Begin a retirement fund - COMPLETED!
7. Finish the book list.
I’m only about 10 books away, so this shouldn’t be difficult. Of course, this includes all of Shakespeare’s works, so easier said than done.
8. Donate 40 pints of blood
This is part of my attempt to accomplish #68: Save Someone’s life. 40 pints of blood is 5 gallons. The Red Cross likes to say that every pint of blood can save 3 lives. There’s no way to know if any of my blood has saved a life, but I’ve arbitrarily said that after donating 5 gallons, it’s probably safe to say that I’ve saved a life somewhere along the way (if someone wants to actually run the numbers, I’d be glad to find out the likelihood of my blood actually saving someone’s life).
9. Learn to Scuba Dive – COMPLETED!
10. Conquer fear of water - COMPLETED
Even though I’m SCUBA certified, I still can’t say I feel at ease around water. I’m just going to have to spend a LOT more time around water to get comfortable around it.
11. Learn to Rock Climb - COMPLETED
(See: Be Able to Do a Pull Up). My friend Monica has taken it up and I’ve been really impressed with her photos and adventures. She’s inspired me!
12. Take Cooking Classes
Ok, this may seem silly but after my little bit of time spent in the kitchen in 2011, I’ve been inspired to take it a little further. There is only so much I can learn on my own, though and there are some things I want to learn very specifically, like how to make sushi, how to decorate cakes, or to get a whole lot better at Italian dishes.
13. See the Aurora Borealis
This is really the only big travel thing on my list. Perhaps within the next 10 years I can make it to Scandanavia to see the Northern Lights and….
14. Stay in an Ice Hotel
15. Visit the Grand Canyon
16. Get my Saucer-COMPLETED!
17. Shout “Drinks are on me!” at a bar
At Flying Saucer, there are usually only about 4 people there during the weekday around 3pm. I’m thinking that’s my time to do it!
18. Watch the Top 250 IMDB List/Watch All of the Oscar Best Picture Winners
As of November 2012, I’ve seen 191 of the top 250 IMDB list, and I’ve seen 52 of the Best Picture winners.
19. Watch AFI’s top 100 films - COMPLETED!
20. Sing Karaoke - COMPLETED!
21. Run a marathon - COMPLETED!
22. Run the Krispy Kreme Challenge-COMPLETED!
23. Run the Warrior Dash – COMPLETED!
24. Better understand Black Jack and Craps and play it at a casino
25. Complete the GQ beer list
26. Learn how to play pool (a hold over from my high school list)
27. Complete my novel
28. Sell a piece of art (and realize my childhood dream)
29. Get to the point in my life where I can afford weekly massages
I’ve had different levels that I set for myself that let me know I had “made it.” One was to be able to afford regular pedicures, another was being able to purchase a house. This is definitely the next goal I’ve set for myself.
30. Have begun bringing in money through contract work
An increasing dream of mine is to be able to work for myself doing the work I love and enjoy-writing grants. I’ve started down this path so hopefully I’ll begin to see results soon.
31. Learn to swim - COMPLETED!
Again, helping to conquer my fear of water. And after a while, its embarrassing to say you can’t swim.
32. Learn to snow ski - COMPLETED
A holdover from the high school list. I’ve never gone skiing. I wanna give it a try.
33. Learn to drive a stick shift
Again, embarrassed to say that I never learned. And I have an irrational fear that one day there will be an emergency, and the only vehicle to drive to the hospital will be a stick.
34. Drive a Car at Top Speed
This is on the 101 list but after I learn how to drive a stick, then I’ll be able to do one of the NASCAR experiences and drive on a real track at top speed!
Through drinking 200 different beers, I now know a LOT more about beer. What better way to continue my new found appreciation of beer than to visit the NC Breweries? As of November 2011, there are 21 brewpubs and 28 production breweries statewide.
36. Learn how to ballroom dance (mostly just Tango)
I don’t watch Dancing with the Stars or anything, and I know that show has helped make ballroom dancing popular again, but mostly I’m a horrible dancer and I thought it would be really cool if I actually learned.
37. Start using coupons
My mother is a coupon-guru. Most times when she goes grocery shopping, she saved more than she spent. We joke that the Grocery Store pays HER for her groceries. It takes planning and organization, but, if done correctly, you can really make a difference in the household budget.
38. See a movie in a Drive-In Theater - COMPLETED
There are a few around and I need to make a point of going before they disappear completely.
39. Lose 20 pounds – COMPLETED!
40. Reconnect with my faith
I was raised in a family that was very involved in our church. However, while in college, I got out of the habit and haven’t really gotten back. I have a lot of guilt about the absence of church in my life, and I make a lot of excuses, but its very important to me that my child be raised in the church too. More than anything on this list, this is something I NEED to do.