30 Things To Do After 30 – A Bucket List for Grown Ups
For most people, the bucket list is reserved for before you turn thirty. Everyone seems to want to cram everything in before this milestone birthday to feel that renowned sense of achievement. But why? What happens when you turn thirty?
When the hotel tries to romance you on your birthday.
I turned thirty on 4th June and I spent the first few hours hungover in Palma airport with a cut knee, waiting for a second flight having missed my first (in my defence it was also my hen do). In this moment I realised I am not quite the person I expected to be at age thirty. However, having got over my hangover and made it safely back to the UK I have since realised I’m totally fine with that – and not just in a Ross from Friends kind of way – genuinely content.
View from my balcony in Palma (my hen / 30th holiday)
I never made an official bucket list before I turned thirty – so I’m doing one now and it doesn’t have a time limit, so feel free to pinch some ideas if you are looking to also create a no-pressure-bucket-list. So here it is – my bucket list, after 30 – including travel experiences, goals for personal improvement and plenty of life ideas that are just plain sensible.
30 Things To Do After 30
- Write a book.
- Write a blog for Huffington Post.
- Learn to surf in a surfers paradise e.g. Hawaii, Gold Coast, Malibu… etc
- Win a bet in Las Vegas.
- See the pyramids in Egypt.
- Learn another language.
- Quit smoking.
- Be a success in my own right (i.e. actually consider myself successful career-wise).
- Have a child or two. And raise them well. (Note to mum: remember this has no time limits).
- Raise money for charity and / or give time to charity.
- Eat sushi in Tokyo.
- Fly something better than economy class. I’m realistic: it might not be ultra first class, but a step up would be great.
- Get really fit. Stay fit.
- Save some money. Spend it on something worthwhile.
- Read lots of the classics (in addition to all the other crap I read).
- Swim with sharks in the Maldives. (This was a childhood one and I am already regretting adding it).
- Go white water rafting in Canada. (Another one from childhood but I would do this tomorrow. Can you say: ‘The River Wild?’)
- Salsa dance in Havana.
- Spoil my partner with an expensive gift or lavish holiday.
- Learn to play guitar. (I own a guitar but don’t know how to play it. Got the first step down, just need the main step covered now).
- Buy a piece of art that makes me feel happy.
- Print and frame lots of family and friend photos.
- Ruthlessly clear out entire wardrobe. And general possessions. If you haven’t used it in the last year – bin it (or charity shop of course).
- Say ‘yes’ more. Events, gigs, holidays, a night out – whatever it is just saying yes could lead to so much more.
- Call friends and family more.
- Be an absolutely awesomely badass auntie (nephew coming soon…).
- Make fresh pasta. Ohhh yeahh.
- Deep clean the house more regularly. Not just when guests come.
- Be more knowledgable about politics and world news.
- Take my make up off every night.
Buy more flowers for the home? Nearly made the list, but that’s a job for other people. Like when it’s your birthday.
The point is, turning thirty has not been a big deal, but it has made me realise how much more important it is to collect memories instead of things. So having a bucket list might just help me on my way to pursuing a fulfilling life – or at least, one without regret.
What’s on your bucket list?