30 Things I’ve Accomplished By 30
On November 10, 2012, my KISA (Knight In Shining Armor) and I were driving home from running errands when he mentioned the date. As I was racking my brain, convinced it was someone’s birthday, I realized it was my half birthday. He innocently joked with me and said, “You know you’re only going to be in your 20’s for 6 more months.” I kept myself composed until I walked in the house…and proceeded to start crying like a baby. Alarmed, he grabbed me and wanted to know what was wrong. I admitted that I didn’t understand why I was crying, but assumed it was the realization that I would 30 in 6 months and there were so many things I always thought I’d do by 30.
In growing up in a very small town in the Midwest you typically get married young. All my life I was convinced that I would be married before I was 25 and be done having kids by the time I was 30. I was close to fulfilling that and was engaged to my high school sweetheart. That is until college woke me up to the possibility of a life outside of my hometown. Those were my only aspirations of what I wanted to do by 30 and deep down I guess I never let go of that.
At this point in time is when I should quote Robert Frost’s, “The Road Not Taken”. As cliché as it sounds, that’s really what my 20’s became, and I chose the road less traveled. I’m now 29 years and 50 weeks old and still not married nor do I have children. But, since I took a different path than most of my family and hometown, in place of that I have other life experiences. I decided to outline for myself and now for all of you, the 30 other things I’ve accomplished by the time I was 30.
- I’m the first in my family to get a bachelor’s degree. Beyond that, I also got my MBA.
- I’ve lived in three states and studied in five countries.
- I’ve jumped off a cliff, off a bridge, off a platform (bungee), and out of a plane.
- I’ve gone on my honeymoon to Australia without getting married and made out with four different guys from four different countries.
- I’ve never allowed for my life to become complacent – I continually find new things to challenge me.
- I try to make every person feel important on their birthday, even if it means taking an international flight to visit them, planning a day that involves visiting three countries and spending the day in Paris, or surprising them with a trip and friends…twice.
- I’ve traveled alone, eaten alone, and seen a movie alone. And, I feel comfortable with all three.
- I’ve completed four half marathons, four triathlons, and many other 5K+ races.
- I’ve been a Big Sister and mentor to an incredible ten year old and helped her and her teachers realize her dyslexia.
- I’ve had my heart broken more times than can fit on one hand, yet I’ve never been afraid to love again.
- I’ve learned how to meditate and pray.
- I’ve traveled to about 30 different countries, five continents, and 37 states.
- I’ve been surfing, wake boarding, stand-up paddle boarding, and snowboarding.
- I’ve learned to like vegetables and seafood (which I’ve always assumed was impossible) and have become open-minded to trying new foods at least once. Beyond that, I’ve also learned how to cook healthy foods.
- I’ve learned how to crochet and sew and made my prom dress in high school (in addition to many other outfits for myself and others).
- I was the reigning Grant County Pork Queen for two years in a row.
- I’ve overcome depression and anxiety.
- I’ve owned and sold three homes.
- I have a strong relationship with each of my siblings and my mother.
- I’ve climbed a mountain over 14,000’ and a rock over 1,000’ (Uluru).
- I’m financially secure and have made a decent dent in my retirement savings to be able to retire early.
- I’ve seen a psycho-analyst and had every horrible part of me discovered so that I can work to fix them.
- I’ve changed jobs four times since graduating from college, each time for a better opportunity.
- I’ve been white-water rafting three times and went scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef.
- I’ve rehabilitated my knee and wrist after surgery to be stronger than before my surgery.
- I take care of my skin and my body to make sure I look younger than 30.
- I try really hard to keep in touch with all of my family and close friends, even though that number of people keeps growing.
- I strive to make every year of my life better than the last and have succeed thus far.
- I can bake food with the best of them. (And, I make a pretty good fried chicken as well.)
- I can do a pull-up.*
*Ok, I’m still working at that one, but I have two weeks left.