I’ve decided to complete a 30-by-30, which means writing a Bucket List of exactly 30 goals and completing them by the time I turn 30-years-old (in two years).
And why am I doing this?
Sure, 30-years-old is a milestone, but a milestone of what? I admit I spend a lot of time thinking about where I should be by now. What my culture and society expects me to have achieved already.
The pressure of living up to the idea of who I should be. Questioning if I’m giving back enough, if my bank account is healthy enough, if I’ve reached a high enough education. Have I done everything I should? The pressure just builds and builds until I can’t breathe anymore. I can’t think anymore with the mountain of expectation crushing me.
And then I force myself to step back.
To step away from it all and ask myself to look at my life exactly the way it is:
My body is healthy and strong – – I have food in my fridge – – The work I choose to do is meaningful to me – – I own my house – – I sleep in a warm bed – – My family supports me following my dreams – – A happy kitty lives in my house – – I have friends who make me smile
I’m not doing this 30-by-30 list to check off what society believes I should be doing. These are things I want to experience, because I want to. I thought I needed a reason, something to explain why I wanted to try new things, make goals for myself that may seem random to others. But the truth is I don’t. I don’t need any other reason than I want to. My milestone is what I decide it is.
So, I can’t give an easy or direct answer to why I’m attempting to do this Bucket List. But I can offer to share the journey with you and that’s what I’m doing. In the following two years I hope to complete every item listed on this page. As I do so, I’ll write posts letting you know how they go.
I hope you’ll stick around for the journey.
- Do a hike with an altitude change of 3,000 ft.
- Run a 5K
- Take a martial arts class
- Go skydiving
- Take a driving class on a racetrack
- Ride on a motorcycle
- Go sledding
Learning & Exploring
- Do a Tarot reading without consulting a book once
- Do a full Tarot reading for a stranger
- Learn to crack an egg open with one hand
- Take a knife skills class
- Re-learn the Piano
- Learn how to make a Creme Brulee crust
- Take a 2D art class
- Watch the full Ken Burns Vietnam documentary
- Learn how to drive a stick shift
- Meet my Godmother
- Volunteer 50 hours of work to an organization I believe in
- Submit a “finished” manuscript & quarry letter to an agent
- Complete the sequel’s manuscript to the novel I’m working on now
- Legally change my name to Jennifer Ann Ogden
Expanding Media Experience
- Watch ten Classic Movies
- The Godfather Part I
- Gone with the Wind
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- The Odd Couple
- The Good Bad and the Ugly
- Schindler’s list
- A Hitchcock Film
- It’s a Wonderful Life
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s
- Casa Blanca
- Read five Genre-Changing Sci-Fi and/or Fantasy books
- The Eye of the World: First in The Wheel of Time series by James OliverRigney Jr.
- The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
- A Game of Thrones: First in A Song of Ice and Fire series by G. R. R. Martin
- Kindred by Octavia Butler
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman
- Read these “Classics” I’ve always been interested in, but was never assigned in school
- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner – “My Mother is a Fish”
- Read five Sci-Fi and/or Fantasy books not shelved in YA and published in the last five years
- Throw an amazing 30th birthday party to celebrate with my friends
- Create a collage of my 30 years
- See a show at the Globe Theater
- Travel up the Eiffel Tower
- Explore the Colosseum