I was sitting on the subway the other day, on my way to my sell-out corporate job, thinking about my upcoming birthday. I’ll be 29 in just 11 days. And then I realized: next year I’ll be 30. Next year. Thirty.
It’s not that I’m afraid of getting older. (In fact, I have a really good feeling about 32, but that’s a few years off. I digress.) I am looking forward to my thirties. It’s just that when I envisioned my grown-up life in my teenage day-dreams, I had accomplished a lot more by 29 than I actually have.
I could list all of the things that I thought I would have done or would have by now, but in an attempt to pull myself out of my depressive funk, I’ve decided not to. Rather, I’ve compiled a list of 29 big things to do before the big 3-0. Some of them are big, some small, some serious, some silly. I hope that this list will serve as a vehicle of self-discovery; that by working my way through it over the next year, I will find ways to be more true to myself. Or at least when I see what I want, I’ll have the courage to go get it.