29 Things To Do Before I’m 30


They say time flies when you’re having fun. Well, I must have had a hilarious decade because today marks the beginning of the final month of my twenties. It seems highly improbable that ten years ago I was about to embark on my second year of university and enter a new decade. But apparently ten years have passed. (Really?!) And in one short month I will hit the big 3-0.

I started thinking, as one does when a landmark birthday like this looms, ‘what things should I have done’ before 30 comes knocking at my door and the chance to appear on a “30 under 30” list vanishes completely. A quick Google throws up numerous blogs, magazine pieces and God knows what else of THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU’RE 30. Most of them aimed at people with a few more years to go, rather than those of us with mere weeks. And quite a few of them require a heck of a lot more money than I ever had at my disposal during any of my 20s.

So I decided I would compile my own list: 29 Things To Do Before You’re 30 and challenge myself to tick them off within the month. If anything, I thought, it might give me the push I’ve needed to write more on my own blog. I dutifully started with number 1… and that’s where I hit upon my first challenge. Can I actually THINK of 29 things to do? In my excitement of having something fun to blog about, I discovered I didn’t really know where to start with Challenge Number 1.

So, dear reader/friend I have coerced into commenting, this is where you come in. Put forward your suggestions for things I should do before I’m 30 and let’s see what happens.


5 thoughts on “29 Things To Do Before I’m 30

  1. Don’t have anything constructive to add this time, but can I just say I love the suggestions. Seriously considering stealing them for a “30 things to do at 30” thing. 😉

    AND DEFINITELY WRITE THAT FIRST CHAPTER! You can to it on the plane over if you don’t have time before 😉

  2. 1. Get drunk without getting a hangover. Believe me, it’s going to be the last time.
    2. Sleep underneath the stars.
    3. Write a poem. When you’re over 30 and grown up, maybe people think you’re strange if you still write poems.
    4. Kiss a stranger without any foreplay.
    5. Stagediving. Go for it.

  3. 1) Make out with a Bavarian. (’cause some of these should be easy. *giggles and runs*)
    2) Adopt a kitty.
    3) Write a fan letter to One Direction.
    4) Fund something ridiculous but cool on Kickstarter.
    5) Find a “Victorian Female Hobby” ™ and reclaim it. Cross stitching feminist slogans is a good start!


  4. (1) help the homeless
    (2) prepare your lunch at home for a full week (because we all know how delicious the food at work is)
    (3) write that first chapter you’ve been thinking about. It doesn’t necessarily need to make a full book but just start with it..
    (4) Apply for a job that sounds like a real challenge

  5. Here we go:

    1. Get that tattoo! (Or, considering timings and waiting lists, I think ‘book that tattoo appointment’ also counts in this case.)

    2. See your favourite actor in one of the major plays of the season in London. (Ok that one’s cheating a bit but some of these should be easy, right? 😉 )

    3. On a night out, if you spot a hot guy boldly buy him a drink. (Because 30 is the age of fearless.)

    I’ll add more as they come to my mind.

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