Lately I’ve been thinking about my 30 before 30 bucket list! I’ve still got a few more years before I turn thirty, but I have always been conscious of time and its passage. I want to spend as much of my time not only making wonderful memories but also taking advantage of the opportunities still available to me. After all 30 is not the 20 (TED Talk by Meg Jay)! I’ll admit most of mine will be related to travel!
1. Working Holiday in Australia or New Zealand
So, I still haven’t decided whether I will do this working holiday in Australia or New Zealand. As an American, our options for working holidays are limited. But since I’ve spent a significant amount of time in East Asia, I think it’s time to head to Oceania! Melbourne is particularly attractive to me because of the art scene and everything I have heard about this lovely city.
But it’s hard to decide between Australia and New Zealand because I also want to herd sheep. I can’t explain why. It’s just one of the challenges I would like to face.
2. Run a (Half) Marathon
3. Explore the Bazaars of Istanbul
I love pretty much everything related to Turkish design. At the crossroads of so many cultures and beliefs, Turkey has the most beautiful patterns and colors. I can already imagine myself getting lost in the stalls amidst bowls, coasters, lamps, and scarves.
4. Exercise At Least Three Times a Week
5. Ride a Donkey in Santorini
6. Find a Pair of Jeans Perfect for My Body Type
7. Write and Draw a Picture Book
I have a lot of ideas for picture books that I hope to one day make a reality. I am not sure if it will be before I am 30 or not, but I will see what I can do!
8. Read all of A Thousand and One Nights
I have always wanted to read it in its entirety since I only know a few stories. I hope to find an edition that is as close as it can get to the original version!
9. Learn how to make a delicious egg custard pie!
Since I live in Hong Kong now, one of my favorite desserts has become the ubiquitous egg tart! So I hope to learn how to make an egg custard pie some time soon.
10. Cycling along the Coast of Taiwan
I lived in Taiwan for about ten weeks altogether. And I have visited friends there every now and then. We have often spoken about cycling along the coast of Taiwan. I hope to make that a reality before I turn thirty!
11. Skydive over some Beautiful Terrain!
This one might be a little cliche, but I don’t care because it looks like so much fun! I would most like to skydive in either New Zealand or Hawaii! Perhaps when I go to my kid brother’s graduation ceremony!
12. Go to Disney World
I’m a native of California so I had been to Disneyland many a time when I was younger and tickets were about a third of the current cost. But I have still yet to visit the Disney World in Florida! I love Disney! I don’t care how old I am or was supposed to have stopped loving Disney. I will always be a fan 🙂
13. Get the N1 (Top Level) on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test
14. Go to Art School in Some Capacity
I have always loved art and felt at home with paintbrush or clay in hand. So one of the hardest choices I’ve made in my short life has been choosing between the study of culture and anthropology and art. I hope to learn a few more techniques on a more intense level than every-now-and-then.
15. See the Northern Lights
It’s just magical!
16. Visit Alaska
This has to do with the Northern Lights and just the fact that I am not a night person! I love waking up early and enjoying the sunshine on my face. So one of the things I definitely miss about home is the sunshine. Not exactly the heat but the sunshine. I hope to visit Alaska or somewhere else so far north that I get sunshine for hours and hours! And ride this train!
17. Hug Koalas in Australia (they are just so snuggly)
18. Wander the Streets of Naples and EAT PIZZA
Yes, I want to eat pizza in Italy!
19. Watch All Three of the Godfather
Speaking of Italy…By 25, I finally watched the original Star Wars. So now I’d like to tackle the next classic trilogy.
20. Run through a Field of Sunflowers in Andalucia, Spain or Tuscany, Italy!
They are so beautiful and happy! I am currently a gloomy, gray season in Hong Kong. So all I can think about are sunflowers and sunshine!
21. Learn How to Throw (Clay)
22. Visit Moominworld in Finland
I’ve only recently started reading the Moomin novels by Tove Jansson. Her novels remind me of the Winnie the Pooh novels by A. A. Milne, telling us little secrets about hidden nature while written for an audience that includes both kids and adults.
23. Kayak A Lot
I have plenty of opportunities to kayak in Hong Kong, but I haven’t been yet. I think it would be a great way to get out and explore wherever I happen to be located. And a great form of exercise for these arms that make me so sensitive!
24. Improve upon my nonexistent swimming skills!
25. Relearn France and Smell Lavender in Provence!
I took French in high school, but I never actually learned it. After studying languages in uni, I realize that I really do have a knack for language. I hope that if I actually immerse myself in the culture, I can come away from French under my belt! And what better location than the south of France?
26. While I am in France, visit the French Alps!
27. Go on a Quest for the Best French Cheese
28. Visit Every Continent
29. Visit the Donkey Sanctuary
So I mentioned before, I LOVE donkeys. I hope to spend a few days volunteering at one of the donkey sanctuaries! And just look how happy these cuties look!
30. Have a Gilmore Girls Style Birthday
Feather boas and plastic tiaras. Ring pops and flashy pink.