Something I’ve wanted to post for a while now is my 30 by 30 list. I first heard of this concept sometime last year, before my 27th birthday, and I thought it was interesting but at the time I didn’t feel moved to make my own. Then, right before my birthday, everything kind of turned to crap, or at least, it almost did. So, over the last few months I have spent a lot of time evaluating my life and the choices I’ve made that have led me to where I am. I don’t want to say that I regret anything, but I can see where I maybe… missed a few important opportunities, or could have maybe acted differently and completely altered the course of my life. More so than regretting the things I have done, I feel a great anxiety over the number of things I haven’t done. For almost my whole life I’ve been very much “all talk” and full of great ideas with no follow through. I haven’t been a terrible person, but I also have not made any kind of meaningful contribution to the world and I’m done with feeling like wasted space. I was dealing with a lot of anxiety thinking about the fact that I was hurdling quickly into my 30′s with nothing great to tell about my 20′s. Eventually I decided to stop panicking and start working on a solution, and hence started jotting down a 30 by 30 list – specific goals I want to carry out by my 30th birthday.
Now, some of the items on my list are major milestones, some of them are things big things I’ve dreamt of for a long time and just haven’t had a big enough fire lit under my ass to pursue them, but i think most items on my list are silly and easy to do. The reason why they are important enough to be on my list is because they are all things that I have been casually mentioned that I’d like to do for years, but if I don’t set a timeframe in stone to just freaking do them, then I’ll probably keep putting them off forever. Then I’ll be sad and old and full of regret, and nobody wants that. So, I will post here on my blog, for the sake of posterity and personal accountability, my 30 goals to accomplish by age 30, and hopefully in about 2 and a half years I will come back to revisit this and happily be able to say that I did it all.