Lots of people develop “bucket lists,” i.e., – things they definitely want to do before they die.
This list may include all sorts of things that the person has dreamed of doing. At a certain time of life, hopefully you will be able to focus on accomplishing as many of them as possible. Some things on the list may include: write a novel, run with the bulls in Spain, or travel to every state in America.
These lists are usually made by people from mid-life forward. But everyone should really have a “bucket list” for various phases of their lives – experiences they want to have before they move into the next decade.
Here are some things that every woman just might want to do before she reaches 30. Read through them and see if some of them don’t whet your sense of adventure:
1. Eliminate boring and negative people from your life
Now is the time to learn how to do this. If you don’t, you’ll lose your nerve as you get older. If you practice it now, you can do it for the rest of your life, and it’s actually pretty healthy too.
2. Go to Cuba
Now that American tourists can travel to Cuba, you have a chance to see this country as it has been since the 1950’s, when time literally stopped for society there. It won’t stay that way for long, now that American businesses are “eyeing” setting up shop there. So before the McDonald’s and the KFC’s buy up the quaint real estate, see it now. You’ll have wonderful pictures to show your grandkids someday. Plus, it’s only 90 miles off the coast of Florida, so it’s not going to cost a fortune to get there.
3. Become a palm reader
Yes, do it. Read a book on it. Then go to a flea market, set up shop, and charge people to read their palms. Dress up like a gypsy and play the part – what fun!
4. Shock total strangers
Find something really bizarre (but legal) to do. Find a public place and do it. One suggestion? Fill a mayonnaise jar with vanilla pudding, go sit at a sidewalk café, order something to drink and proceed to eat that pudding right out of the mayo jar.
5. Attend a protest and carry a sign
What are you passionate about? The environment? Dirty money in politics? Mistreatment of animals? Join an activist organization and participate in a rally or protest. Everyone should have this experience.
6. Quit a job
There is something liberating about quitting a job that just does not “cut it” for you. There may be a little planning involved, so that you can eat until you find a new one, but there is nothing like making a decision to keep yourself motivated to get out there and really pursue what you want to do.
7. Get a tattoo
It can be a really small one and in an inconspicuous place. But there is something just a little devilish and fun about this adventure.
8. Run for a city office or school board
Younger and younger people are now running for local offices. Why? It doesn’t take a lot of money because campaigning at this level is really more related to meeting people in small groups and one-on-one. It’s a great experience and, even if you lose, you will understand how local politics works.
9. Get an online minister’s license
Yes, you can actually get one from the Universal Life Church. It allows you to marry your friends and visit prisoners in jail. These may be two extremes, but it is what real ministers do every day. Experience what it is like.
10. Perform a significant random act of kindness
We all know about random acts of kindness – small things you do for strangers, like pay for their coffee or let someone go ahead of you in the checkout line. Think in bigger terms and plan to commit a really significant random act. Adopt an entire family for Christmas and take care of the whole thing anonymously.
11. Book a seat on the orient express
Yes, it still does run, and yes, they still stage a murder during the train ride, because of the movie. You can ride in luxuryfrom Paris to Istanbul and have the time of your life. Of course, you’ll need to save for this one, unless you have a rich uncle.
12. Have a re-do of your favorite summer vacation as a kid
Go to that lake cabin or beach; go back to Disney World as an adult, ride the rides and hug Mickey and Pluto. Nothing like it.
13. Get your family together and audition for Family Feud
Auditions are held at various places around the country. Steve Harvey may have crowned the wrong Miss Universe, but he’s a pretty funny guy, and it would be fun to be on his show.
14. Go skydiving
You’ll never have the guts to do this after you turn 30, so do it now. They video these things now, so you will be able to prove to everyone at the old folks home that you really did do it.
15. Sing karaoke in a bar
Get a friend to sing with you if that will make you more comfortable. There is just something about being on a stage that everyone should experience. After you’re 30, you might think you’re too “mature” for this sort of thing, so do it now.
16. Travel abroad and stay in hostels
You’ll never get to do this once you are married with kids. But “roughing” it now is easy. You’re young and strong to carry a heavy backpack, and you will meet some very cool people from all over the world.
17. Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity
This is a very cool organization, and you’ll have a chance, while you are young and strong, to make a difference in people’s lives. This is a huge “feel-good” experience that you will never forget.
18. Go to a nudist beach
You can go alone, so no one else will ever know. But you will have that experience and your own little secret for the rest of your life.
19. Start a little side business
What have you always had a special talent in or had a special passion about? Before life gets too “heavy” with other responsibilities, test the waters to see if you can indeed make money doing what you love. And if you can? All the better! You are now your own boss.
20. Find some wet cement and put your hand print in it and write your name
Admit it. You always wanted to do this. Now is the time, because later you will lose the nerve. And you can walk or drive by that place and know that you have been immortalized.
Most importantly? Have fun, and don’t take things too seriously!