Today is exactly a month away from my 30th birthday. I’ve spontaneously decided to do something new each day in the 30 days beforehand, starting Wednesday (which technically means the 30th day is my birthday, but I procrastinate!). Obviously these aren’t going to be big things because I have little to no planning time. So it’ll be little things. I’ve scoured “things to do before you’re 30” lists but they’re either too far-fetched or just downright ridiculous. And I don’t want people telling me what I should do, which also goes for the “books to read” and “movies to read” before you die stuff. I know what’s right for me.
I’ve made a short list so far of some things I want to do, but some days I may be in a pinch. Nevertheless I’m going to try, and I’ll update daily on my progress. Motivating myself to blog is an achievement in itself! I’m also looking for any recommendations, realistic ones. I know I said I don’t want people telling me what I should do, but I need some inspiration.
Here’s what I have so far:
1. Try coffee
I’m actually terrified of becoming addicted to coffee, but conquer your fears, right? What would be the right coffee to try for the first time?
2. “Thrift” shop
I never heard of that word before Macklemore and I presume it’s more of an American term, but we have charity shops in Ireland and I’ve always wanted to go exploring for some bargains. And the best part is that there are loads around where I work so I don’t have to wait until the weekend!
3. Cook dinner for my family
I can’t cook to save my life (though I’m pretty good at boiling eggs!), so I’d like to cook something for my parents (if I invite my siblings I’m just opening myself up for criticism!).
4. Go hiking
I live in the mountains (technically), there’s no excuse why I haven’t done this yet.
5. Get drunk
Within reason! I don’t drink, and while I do think I shouldn’t force myself to do something I’m uncomfortable with, part of me is curious as to how I’d act when I’m drunk. This is a maybe!
6. Write in a coffee shop
I’ve mentioned this before and it’s something I really want to do. If I wind up liking coffee when I try it, all the better! I’ve entered the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge, which begins at the end of the month so that’s as good an excuse as any.
I used to be an ace at rollerblading when I was a kid. Now I’m not so flexible and terrified of breaking bones. I have a pair of roller-blades that I’ve only used twice that are gathering dust in my wardrobe. It’s time to break them out (with knee pads at least!)
8. Go to the cinema after work…alone
I’ve been to the cinema alone before, but I’ve worked opposite a cinema for three years now and I keep saying one evening I’ll go in and watch whatever is on.
And that’s all I can think of for now! Donate blood, maybe, I’ve made two attempts but either my iron was too low or they couldn’t find a vein. Third time could be the charm though!
There are some planned events that may count, including a weekend in Berlin I bought my fiance for Christmas. I’ve been before but there’s still opportunity to do something new.