When you turn 29, something unsettling happens. You start to make a list (if you haven't already) of everything you want to do before you turn 30. It is a panic year, yet a beautifully intentional year where you try and do everything you possibly can before you hit the big 3-0. But WHY WAIT until you are 29 to do the things you have always wanted? Why make a 30 before 30 list and do it all in year 29? What if you had the mentality of a 29 year old throughout the majority of your life? What if you had a list of incredibly magnificent, life changing goals every single year? This isn't a "live everyday like your last" post. That's a bit extreme and potentially unnecessarily destructive. This is a "cultivate the lifestyle that will make your eighty year old self keel over gratefully laughing with all of your old stories" post. The idea of living everyday like it's your last is a bit extreme. After glancing at the most popular bucket list items, many people would blow their entire savings and bungee jump off of buildings if they knew they only had a day left to live. If that's your thing, more power to you. But at 29, your adult life is really JUST starting and the 30 before 30 list tends to be healthfully soulful, life changing, grounded and fun.
You can start by making a bucket list. Write down everything you want to do before you die. EVERYTHING. Then go through and highlight the things you want to accomplish before you turn 30. If you're past 30, highlight the items you want to do in the next 5 years. Why did you choose these 30 items? Put reason behind it. Put a strong WHY behind it. It shouldn't be random. Now, what if you crossed them all off this year? What would that do for you? How would you feel? If it were 100% possible, HOW could you make it work? It is possible. And you are capable of doing it this year. If this list is exciting the hell out of you, you did it right.
What is on your list?
What is stopping you from doing that now? Don't say money. There are ways to do everything you want for practically free so that is not an excuse. Yes, even travel across the world. What is it that you truly desire? Live your life like you are 29.
If this list seems too radical, you didn't write down what your heart truly desires and it make take deeper self refection to determine what you really value. Again, your list doesn't have to be wild and crazy. But it should stretch you and give you life! Sometimes having a coach can help with the self-discovery process. If you aren't sure what you want this list to look like and don't have a compelling reason why, I would love to work with you. There is no reason you can't be living your most desired life.
Tackle your list this fiscal year. This is your time. Don't wait.