Partially inspired by my cousin and partially fueled by my mind mapping in my Passion Planner, I thought it would be interesting to list 30 things I’d like to have done by the time I am 30 years old, which will happen in the last bit of 2019. Let’s see what I can do in the next three years!
1 Get paid to write something
2 Significant progress on animated short film
3 Do a VEDA/VEDO/VEDJ/Vlogmas/Vlogember/consistent long-term-ish project on YouTube
4 Host a panel/presentation at a con/event/thing
5 Go to the Met
6 Revisit Serendipity 3 for frozen hot cocoa and Two Hands cafe
Write the pilot scriptand series bible for my own webseries
8 Teach Miko how to swim
9 Visit Mt. Greylock
10 Re-watch the first four seasons of Digimon
11 Go geo-caching
12 Visit the Balto and Alice & Wonderland statues in Central Park
13 Beat a Digimon video game–any one of them
14 Write an essay collection
15 Write a feature screenplay
16 Open an online store
17 Revisit Harry Potter World & Disney World in Florida…or be saving money specifically for it
18 Participate in a NaNoWriMo again
19 Release an enamel pin
20 Board out one of my projects
21 See a show on Broadway I haven’t already seen
22 Submit to the SAS
23 Have my own LLC…or have a business plan heading in that direction
24 Collaborate on a shadowbox project with Miko
25 Go to Medieval Times
26 Noguchi museum
27 Have a consistent editorial calendar for blogs, videos, podcasts, etc.
28 Learn how to make more of my mom’s recipes–specifically my grandma’s spätzles and cheesy chicken, my abuelito’s yellow rice, and orange chicken, and maduros and tostones. And document them.
29 Go to Japan…or at least have dedicated money towards the trip
30 Re-read Harry Potter
You can read a blog post that I wrote at the time of first posting this here.
I think an important thing to remember with lists like this is that there will inevitably be failures, and that’s totally OK. Already one of the places I wanted to visit closed down, and many of them are dependent on me living near NYC or being financially stable enough to travel or have disposable income. I didn’t include anything about my career because I feel that at the moment a lot of it is out of my control, but that will change (I know, vague, sorry). Some may argue that some of these are not realistically achievable in such a short time, and that’s fine too–it’s not like there’s a penalty for not achieving these things, and it’s not like I can’t pursue them once I turn 30 either. If anything they’ll just become 40 before 40 perhaps? Or just get added to my general goals list. As long as I am living each day with these in mind, knowing what I want to prioritize in my life and work towards being the person I want to be, that is an accomplishment.