Well, I just turned 29 on Monday. I realized then that everyone is talking about the 30 things you should do before you turn 30, but I believe that being 29 is in itself a big deal as it is, after all, the last year of your 20’s. So why not carpe diem the heck out of being 29 and accomplish these 29 items before you turn 30? That way, while you are 29 you can just marinate on your awesomness in preparation for the actual big 3-0 birthday.
Yes, some of these items may seem cliché, but they are what can make the difference between an exciting life and booooooriiing. If what you are looking for is a sense of accomplishment in your life, then you ought to get into action with this simple list of things you can easily accomplish.
Oh, and remember, even if you are 30, or 35, it is never too late to get started with your list.
1. Learn another language:
I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to learn 3 different languages in addition to English. Because I am a mindset coach, I understand that language ultimately determines how we create our world. Learning a language different than your mother language can help you open up your mind to new ways of being.
2. Travel overseas:
Like learning a new language, traveling overseas will also open up your mind to different lifestyles and more often than not puts the life you take for granted into perspective. Plus, let’s face it, who doesn’t love to travel?
3. Get naked in public:
Thanks to traditional media there is both a huge taboo against showing too much skin in public, while at the same time it is also glorified. In the end, most people feel uncomfortable showing their bodies because they feel like they don’t live up to the ideal portrayal of a beautiful body that the media shoves down our throats. I was fortunate to bare it all at a public bath in Japan, and let me tell you, there is nothing more relaxing and liberating than knowing that we all look pretty much the same underneath the piles of clothing we put on ourselves.
4. Get unplugged:
Easier said than done, I know it. When I was in Japan, pretty much off the grid because my cellphone had no service, I was able to be much present and enjoy my surroundings 110% more than I would’ve if I had my smartphone on my face all day long.
5. Go on a cross-country road trip:
Like traveling overseas and learning a new language, the point is to get out and experience the world through a new set of eyes.
6. Do volunteer work:
When I was in college I joined a sorority because it was an organization based on community service. It’s rewarding, it can be loads of fun, and you are bettering your community. This is the ultimate way to have a positive impact in the world with your bff’s!
7. Be someone’s mentor:
If you are looking to give back, then being a mentor to someone is one of the best ways to go. You know how it goes: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
8. Fall in love:
I will sum this up with a quote: “First best is falling in love. Second best is being in love. Least best is falling out of love. But any of it is better than never having been in love” Maya Angelou.
9. Get a nerdy hobby:
Ok, I’m coming out of the nerdy hobby closet here… I own 5 Asian ball-jointed dolls and I love anime. Also, you say “nerdy” like it’s a bad thing. Anyways, have find a hobby that you really, really enjoy learning about and go all out on it.
10. Fulfill one of your childhood dreams:
I used to be a huge Goo Goo Dolls fan when I was a teenager. But living in Mexico and being only 13-14 years of age pretty much meant I was never going to get the chance to see them live in concert… WRONG. Fast forward 15 years later to 2013 and… you guessed it, I got to see Goo Goo Dolls AND Matchbox 20 live (two of my favorite bands in my teen years).
So don’t you ever dare give up on your dreams.
11. Get a make-over:
Every once in a while when I’m feeling like things are feeling stale in my life and I want to experience a sense of renewal I go and chop my hair off, buy new clothes, and get a mani and a pedi. Nothing like taking care of myself to feel like my life is back on track.
12. Dare to wear that outfit:
One of the things I loved about Japan was how stylish and unique Japanese people strive to be through their dress. So why not wear that outfit you are scared to wear? Besides, you only live once (and then you are reborn… but that’s another story).
13. Splurge on yourself:
Take care of yourself, otherwise who will? I’m not saying to spend all of your savings on a brand new cellphone every month. But it is certainly more than ok to spend big on yourself.
14. Get a pet:
Having a pet in your household has an uncanny way of teaching you about responsibility. You are looking out over another living being’s life after all. PLUS, who doesn’t love coming home to a furry friend?
15. Get creative:
Find a way to express your feelings, whether it is through art or through exercise. I often hear people tell me “I’m not creative because I don’t draw.” Creativity is about thinking outside the box, people, not about drawing. So get creative and express yourself however you deem appropriate.
16. Live on your own:
I love having roommates, but sometimes living on your own is a must because it gives you the opportunity to just be with yourself.
17. Go to the movies ALONE:
*GASP!* I can see a lot of you cringing at the thought of going to the movies alone—more the reason to step outside of your comfort zone and do it. Going to the movies alone is all about being secure in your own presence, a wonderful skill to have. When you walk out of the movies, not only will you have realized that there was nothing to worry about, but you may also find that you enjoyed it much more without someone nudging you every 10 seconds.
18. Get fired (twice):
Ok, honestly I don’t recommend getting fired because it really does suck big time. BUT, that being said, I must admit that I learned a rather valuable lesson in humility. It also taught me about what I am willing to tolerate in a work environment.
19. Go to a concert:
I LOVE concerts! The loud music, the people, and the energy of the place—I love it all. That being said, everybody should go to at least one concert in their lives.
20. Make a wish upon a shooting star:
Because why not?
21. Kiss a stranger:
Again, because why not?
22. Pull an all-nighter (and then go to work the next day):
Because sometimes it’s worth it. Although I must admit that the older I get, all-nighters become near impossible unless I am experiencing insomnia.
23. Step outside of your comfort zone:
If you want to transform your life, then do something new that you wouldn’t normally do in your daily routine.
24. Dance like no one is watching you:
Let go of your inhibitions and let your inner diva or James Bond come out. Who cares what anybody thinks? You won’t get very far in life if you are constantly worrying about what others think of you.
25. Get active:
Sitting down so much is killing us, says research. So do something. Go to the gym, take a walk, stand up at your cubicle for an hour per day, go swim, anything. You will often find that the best kind of clarity comes from taking action and moving your body.
26. Go wholesome (even if just for one week):
We eat a lot of poo nowdays and the food industry is happy to oblige. But when I got inspired to change my diet after watching the movie Food, Inc., I have to admit my body felt much better as a result. So, go wholesome, even if just for a bit. You will be surprised at how different you feel.
27. Wake up (super) early:
One of the things that has transformed my life into something that I have grown to love more and more has been waking up an hour or two earlier than my usual wake up time. There is a lot of research as to why this is beneficial, so check that out. For me it has been about having the time to indulge in the things I enjoy most in life, and being able to do this completely sets up the day ahead for success.
28. Get behind a cause:
As human beings it is important to believe in something. I believe it is in our DNA to want to help others and change the world, unfortunately, some of us are confused as to what we can do. That is why I recommend getting behind a cause that speaks to you. For me, after watching the movie Blackfish, it has been about supporting businesses that will introduce you to Orca whales in the wild, not in captivity. What are you passionate about?
29. Be happy:
That’s it. Just be happy. Make the choice to be happy going into your next decade of this lifetime. Whatever the circumstances, know that it is your choice to suffer or to experience happiness. So what will you choose?
Turning 29 is a big deal. This is, after all, your last year in your 20’s. So make the most out of it by doing everything and anything that you have ever wanted to do. I promise you will regret more not having done anything.
Happy birthday (whenever it happens to be, wherever you happen to be, and whatever age you tell others you are)!
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