I have always been a bit of a ditz where age is concerned - I can never pick how old other people are (I generally tend to shave several years off peoples' ages when I take a guess), and I often have to count up from my siblings to remember exactly how old I am. I guess that age, to me, truly is "just a number", and I don't classify people as being young or old based on how many years they have been around, but more based on their attitude and outlook on life.
That said, I am turning 30 next year (obviously!), and it is becoming increasingly apparent to me that this is a Fairly Big Deal. To tell the truth, I'm kind of excited about it! 30 is such a nice, round, even number to be! And given that it is apparently some sort of milestone, I thought it would be fun to evaluate my life and think about what I might want to achieve in the next 12 months, before I turn 30. (Yes, I am all on my own this weekend and utterly BORED right now LOL)
Just because I lurve lists so much, I made a list! Of 30 things I would love to do before I turn 30:
As much as I love eating them, I have never successfully baked a batch of scones. My one attempt, 5 years ago, resulted in crumbly, disastrous dough which disintegrated as I tried to mould it. I think I'm ready for another shot
2. Finish knitting my scarf
I have had a gorgeous grey Merino wool scarf on my knitting needles for over 12 months now. Must Finish Scarf!
3. Learn to crochet
Are you sending a distinctly craft-y theme? Its something I've always wanted to do, and its apparently easy enough to learn. Perfect for fumble-fingered me
4. Join a book club
V finds this one hilarious for some reason, but I have ALWAYS wanted to be in a book club! Hey, English was my fave subject in high school, and then I spent 4 years studying English literature. Nothing floats my boat more than sitting in a room with other book-nerds, dissecting and arguing over some fantastic literary tome
5. Learn to braid my own hair
Again, I am a fumble-fingers and all past attempts have resulted in a big fat mess. I am sure, with the aid of youtube tutorials, this can be achieved!
6. Start a herb garden
I had one years ago and nothing beats being able to duck out into the garden for fresh mint, basil or thyme
7. Learn to do the cryptic crossword
My boss will appreciate this one, he's been trying to teach me!
8. Incorporate yoga practice into my daily life
I normally get 3 to 4 classes in each week, but I would love to take it to the next level of daily practice, in my own time
9. Go whale-watching
I live on the picturesque South Coast of Australia and have never been whale watching! Travesty!
10. Overcome my needlephobia
This is a topic for a whole other post, but I am currently having counseling sessions involving cognitive behavioural therapy, and its going very well so far!
11. Run in the Australia Day Aquathon
Ok now I'm scared Rob (the event organiser) is going to read this and hold me to it! I've been involved in volunteering at the event for years now, and have always wanted to run (ahem walk/jog) in the mini event, but have never had the guts. So 2012 is my year, baby!
The single thing I regret in my life is having to quit ballet, when I got sick as a child. Its something I've always loved. I've found a local studio which teaches adult ballet classes, and I'm excited to give it a try!
13. Sew a quilt
Kind of self-explanatory. I just think they're so gorgeous!
14. Start taking film photos again
I miss real photography! And my poor Pentax has been sitting gathering dust for far too long
15. Get our framed wedding photo enlargements
Its been nearly 2 years since our wedding day, we have PAID for the darn things, seriously! I know, I'm embarrassed by it, trust me
I love going sans makeup already, but I'm going to try and participate in this new movement and ban the blush and concealer each Monday
17. Cook a souffle
Something I've always wanted to make, but have always been a bit scared to try
18. Become a morning person
I have no idea how this can be achieved, but I've always wanted to be one of those (crazy, annoying) people who jump out of bed when their alarm goes off, refreshed and ready to face the day. I suspect going to bed earlier might be key
19. Stop driving my car so often - walk and bike more
Its everyone's planet, and I'm making a conscious effort to try and be more eco-friendly. This seems like a good step
20. Make my own pasta
My parents make fresh pasta and its seriously the best thing I've ever eaten. I need to steal their pasta-making paraphenalia for a weekend and give it a whirl myself!
21. Watch every Audrey Hepburn movie ever made
She is a goddess, what more can I say?
22. Hit up the local Op Shops
I love finding bargains and hidden gems, and its been far too long since I've been!
23. Go caffeine-free for an entire month
Be afraid people, be very afraid!
24. Read the entire Harry Potter series from start to finish
I am such a nerd, I love it
25. Bite the bullet and have my gremlin-infested iPhone sent off for repair ✓
The warranty on the handset is up on 3 July, and I simply cannot put it off any longer. It shits me to tears, and there is nothing more embarrassing than having a barrister call you on your mobile, only to be greeted by the sounds of screeching, chattering gremlin noises
26. Have a night at the Royal Australian ballet
See number 12, above. My ideal way to spend a night out
27. Watch the sun rise
Sad as it may sound, I have never done this!
28. Research my family tree
Like, properly research my anscestry, not just a few generations back
29. Do my Senior First Aid
As I get older it kind of freaks me out that the last time I learned CPR was in high school! I feel its irresponsible of me not to brush up properly on the skills required to save someone's life
30. Get my fortune told
This one will make me friends laugh because I am the world's biggest sceptic (seriously, I'm a member of the Sceptic's Society!) But I think it would be such a laugh to have this done
Ok, so there you have it, my 30 before 30 list! My apologies if I've bored you all to tears in the process! It will be interesting to look back on this in a year's time and see how I went
Have any of you ever done something similar?