Friday, October 18, 2013

30 Things I Wish I'd Done Before I Turned 30: #26, 25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 20

#26 Become a certified yoga instructor
I love yoga.  It upsets me a little when I think about how rich my practice used to be in comparison to what it is now.  I love to teach.  One day the planets of time and money shall align.

#25 Found a Good Crafty Hobby and Stuck with It
Someday I'd like to be able to knit more than a lopsided scarf.  Or really hone my origami skills.  The problem?  I'm a flighty craft-er.  

#24 Written a Book
Because seriously, I have wanted to write a book.  This book would be somehow loosely based on my time spent working in the Homicide department.  Shit, just throw some gritty sex in there and I could probably have a best-selling trashy eBook romance novel going for myself.

#23 Been to Asia
It could be the fact that I read a book about India almost once a month.  Sometimes I even read a book about India while eating Indian food.  I KNOW.  I well understand that my experience with Indian food IN India might be entirely different, but I still want to go there.  And to many other places in Asia, in fact.

#22 Visited All 50 States
This has been a personal goal for a long time.  I have yet to experience Maine, Washington, Arizona, and Hawaii.

#21 Learned to Scuba Dive
The ocean terrifies and fascinates me.  Part of what terrifies me is that I cannot breathe underwater, thus an oxygen tank.

#20 This:

30 Things I Wish I'd Done Before I Turned 30: #29, #28, #27

Two days left in my 20s and I realized I need to add quite a few more items to this list! 

#29 Studied/Lived Abroad
Yes, I can speak another language besides English relatively fluently, but if it hadn't been for learning it since I was six years old I'd be in bad shape because...I never studied or lived abroad when I was in college.  It is a mark of shame that I wear and reluctantly bring up when it inevitably is asked of me.  I say no.  People are surprised.  I'm surprised.  Really, I have no good excuse other than being young and dumb.  I was in a long-term relationship, that didn't work out by the way, and the thought of leaving my beloved was just too much to bear.  Looking back on all of that I'm pretty disgusted with my former self, but hey, you live and you learn.  Or you learn how you should have lived.

#28 Hiked a 14,000 ft Mountain
I look at one EVERY DAY.  What a slacker that I haven't even attempted to climb my lazy ass to the top. 
Excuses, excuses.
#27 Seen a Whale
This may seem small to you, but ever since Kindergarten when our teacher Mrs. Foster taught us about whales I have wanted to see one.  In the wild, not the zoo.  I want to know they are still there.  Any whale will do.   

Monday, October 7, 2013

30 Things I Wish I'd Done Before I Turned 30: #30

I'm turning 30 in about 13 days, and although I don't view the weeks to come as some proverbial tunnel into the despair of 'old age,' I have been giving some thought to three decades alive and where I would want to be versus where I thought I would be on the other side of it.

It's easy to get bogged down at the Guilt Fest, where the headliners are all the things you wish you'd had time to do.  All of the adventures you were supposed to have.  It's easy to forget all of the truly great things that have happened by choosing to focus on the things that haven't.

At 30, some people think their youth is over, but I'd venture to say it is just beginning.  We are more independent, our brains have finished fully developing, we've survived the soul-crushings and all-nighters of our 20s, and maybe now we're ready for something more.  Maybe we're even 'successful' by now. Whatever that means.  Regardless of your definition, I think we can all identify to with the desire to enjoy life to the fullest.  How we fill it is perhaps where all the fun is...

#30. Attend Burning Man
Yes.  I want to go.  I hate outdoor music festivals and the smell of cheap Patchouli, but something about this decades-old desert arts frolic has me intrigued.  I love dressing up in fun costumes, looking at large art installations, meeting new people, and of course, dancing.  So, next August, you might find me on the Playa...