A big mile stone is approaching for me. I'm turning 30 in T-minus six months. To be honest, I'm a bit anxious about the whole milestone. In reality, it's just another day marking that I'm older and won't feel different than any day in my 29s. But I'm leaving my 20s and there's a lot of thoughts going around in my head about where I should be at in my life, things I should've accomplished, and money I should be earning.
I’m still figuring it out. That's what gets me anxious. Somewhere in my mid-twenties The concept of setting and reaching goals finally clicked for me. I've set goals throughout my whole life, but they've always seemed to be assigned or coaxed out of me as either a school assignment or some other cursory activity. Somewhere along the way, I found value in it because it wasn't something forced upon me to do. Rather it became a mechanism that actually produced changes in my life that I wanted. Moving to Wisconsin to continue my education, getting a job in Chicago, moving halfway around the world to become an English teacher, and touring through Thailand and Europe for three months. It all happened because I decided to do those things and I set up ways to accomplish them.
So, as it has worked for me in the past, I'll apply goal setting once again before turning 30. I've been thinking often about the things I have never done in my life. Heck, the first time I ever went camping was when I lived in South Korea. In the spirit of goal setting, here’s my “bucket” list of things I want to do before turning the big 3-0.