Thoughts on Thirty, Part 2
I’m back! Sorry for not posting last week; I took a small trip to the Windy City and didn’t get as much done beforehand as I thought I would, including posting. I plan to do two posts this week to make up for it. But I like knowing you missed me. I missed you, too.
SO last time I posted about my anxiety and mixed feelings over turning 30. Like most things I worry about, now that it’s happened and I have officially turned 30, I wonder what in the world I worried about. I still hesitate a little when giving my age (but that’s probably because it’s still so new and with age comes forgetfulness), but I’ve started owning it more. And owning it feels good. Thirty seems full of possibility, like a new blank document waiting for me to write the Helvetica out of it. Plus, someone I didn’t know hit on me ON MY BIRTHDAY, so I got a giant ego-boost. Which is nice.
As promised, here is my list of 30 by 30: Thirty things I wanted to do before I turned 30. I am not including everything because some wouldn’t make sense to anyone but me and some of them are private, but most of them I’ve pasted below. Enjoy!
Sarah’s 30 By 30:
- Submit to 30 places
Finish a triathlon Learn to knit a scarf Travel abroad (a country that doesn’t speak English as primary language) Try surfing Ride a motorcycle Ask a guy out (in earnest) Live in my own apartment Go whitewater rafting as an adult Practice my language skills (French or Spanish) Drive a boat
- Enter some kind of eating contest
- Get a dog
- Be in a play/improv show
Make Irish Stew Go whalewatching Finish first draft of thesis Start second book Ski in the Rocky Mountains Organize filesand shred old docs/receipts Learn all the Presidents in orderand one fact about each Visit 30 of the 50 States Start flossing every day Make bed every day
- Learn to
rollerskate backwardsor do leg over leg turns Stopall bad habits. You know what they are.
You probably noticed I didn’t hit all of them. I submitted to several places but not quite 30. I learned to rollerskate backwards but only so slowly that I nearly standstill. I organized my files but didn’t shred old documents, and I learned the Presidents in order but not an interesting fact about each one. I didn’t enter an eating contest (which, in hindsight, makes me very happy), I can’t get a dog in my current situation, and although I auditioned a couple of times when I first moved here, I haven’t been in a play or improv show since college.
BUT I not only learned to knit, I made four scarves this fall. I completed a triathlon in under my goal time, which I plan to repeat in August. I lived by myself and finished the first draft of my thesis. I traveled abroad, went skiing in the Rockies, tried surfing, and drove a boat (that last one I completed just under the wire–who would have thought I’d end up on the ocean in February?). Anything I didn’t complete (including 20 and 26) and those items I half-finished (like 23, 24, and the oh-so vague 30) I can add to my 40 by 40 list. And that one is a doozy…