Did You Have a 30th Birthday Bucket List?

Did you ever tell yourself, “By the time I turn thirty, I’m going to have _____” and fill in the blank? I didn’t officially make a list, but I do remember wanting to have had a “serious, healthy relationship” and “have a play reviewed in the NY Times” by the time I was thirty. So, one of those things happened. And it wasn’t the play being reviewed in the Times.

There seems to be this idea of accomplishing specific milestones by the time you’re thirty that’s echoed in the media. Check out the below two articles my friend recently sent me:

Things to Do Before You’re Thirty

30 Things Every Woman Needs to Get Out of Her System Before She Turns 30 

Considering I’m nearly three years out of turning 30, I guess I should think about my 40th year milestones. I want to have a child, own property, and have a solid writing career established. I’m trying to imagine my 40-year-old self reading this now, and it makes me smile.

Do you set big-birthday milestones for yourself? Want to share some here?

4 responses

  1. Well I had always thought that I would at least be married and have a child by the time I was 30, neither of those things has happened but I expect them to sometime in my 30’s lol. 🙂

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  2. I did have a by the time I’m 25 list and it was completely ridiculous and unreachable. It had to be a millionaire and own a boat. lol I had lofty expectations! Then I wised up and made a more reasonable list, more of, “I hope by 30 I did…” I’ve gotten a lot of the stuff I wanted done, like finish college, get married, kids, my first kid I got in just under the wire at 29. lol I would like to be debt free by 40, would that be nice? 😀


  3. I had always said if I didn’t have kids by the time I’m 30, I’m not having any. Well, I didn’t, and I’m pretty sure I’m not having them at all. My 35 year goal was to run a Marathon but, I highly doubt it will happen! By 40 I’d like to have traveled to Europe.

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  4. It’s interesting that we all had pretty similar bucket list items…especially the kids one. Guess it makes sense since we have more of a biological time frame on that one.


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