Old/Boring/30 List

Pretty much everyone you meet has a Bucket list. However, mine is a bit different. When I was 13, I made a list of things that I wanted to do before I was old, boring, or 30. Whichever one came first.

Of course, when you’re 13, 30 is a lifetime away. However, now that I’m a 20-something, I find it growing ever closer. As a young teenager, I thought your life was over at 30, but now I’m seeing that life becomes much sweeter, and so much more of an adventure the older you get. When I turn twenty-nine, I will revise my list a little. It shall become the old, boring, or 40 list. And, every decade thereafter, I shall keep bumping the age back.

Because after all, you’re only as old as you allow yourself to be.
And I am refusing to ever be boring.

So, here’s the ever-changing list. Ideally things will be added and crossed off quite rapidly.

Save a life  [Every time you donate blood you save a person’s life]
Learn another language
Find a four-leaf clover
Paint a [ugly!] picture and hang it on a wall
Mentor someone
Go on a safari [Gentry Safari, August 2014]
Memorize a book of the Bible
Jump off a bridge [there’s a great bridge where a group of my friends went and jumped into the river. It was a blast.]
Bike through Ireland
Camp under the stars
Sleep all night in a hammock
Visit Scotland [Summer 2013]
Watch the sunrise from the beach
Live in a foreign country for a year
Backpack through Europe
Go wine tasting [Tontitown Winery, AR]
Give most of my belongings away
Get a tattoo [As of 11.16.13 I have four: Hebrew for “I am forgiven” on my left foot; “joy” on my right wrist; the outline of the world on my left forearm; and an image of an old, overflowing well on my right forearm]
Watch someone get a tattoo [Saw Lindsey Gerke get her first one!]
Plant a garden of wildflowers
Live in a loft [2014-2015]
Donate a gallon of blood (and receive my 1 gallon pin!)
Donate 5 gallons of blood (and receive my 5 gallon mug!)
Go white-water rafting down the Grand Canyon
Take a helicopter ride
Hike the Appalachian Trail
Ride a double-decker bus [it’s happened in NY, DC, but the best was in London]
Participate in a 5k [Turkey trot November 2011; Color Run 4.20.13]
Learn the names of the stars
Learn how to two-step
Learn how to swing dance
Go dancing in the moonlight
Go on a cross-country road-trip
Go snorkeling
Go to Disney World
See dolphins in the wild
Become a barista
Build a treehouse
Watch all the Alfred Hitchcock movies
Go on a cruise
Fall truly, madly, deeply in love
Go to Athens
Learn to play the guitar
Visit NYC
See the Golden Gate Bridge
Win a round of mini golf
Live in a small town
Host a movie by moonlight
Watch the Changing of the Guard in London
Go to a Lawn-Mower Race
Try stand-up paddle boarding
Go to an opera
Get married
Write a book
Have my own bakery
Go Bungee jumping
Fly in a hot air balloon
See the Northern lights
Go to Iceland [August 28-September 4, 2014]
Go on a blind date
Knit/crochet a scarf
Go hitch hiking
Drive the Alaskan Highway
Hike/camp at every National Park in the U.S.
Read all of C.S. Lewis’ books
Visit the Eagle & Child, the pub were CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien used to meet. [summer 2013]
Sit on a jury
Drive an 18-wheeler
Get a book published
Go to all 50 US states
See Old Faithful erupt in Yellowstone
Set foot on North America, South America, Asia, Europe, Australia, Antarctica, and Africa


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