I’m turning 30 in the coming year, so I thought a list of 29 bucket list must-ticks before turning 30 would be apt.
Bucket list tick #1: Start Saving
If you’ve yet to set up a savings account, do so. It doesn’t even need to be a large amount, a simple £50 each month away for a rainy day – it all adds up.
Think about it, *amount you’re willing to save* x *amount of months* x *the years away you are from retirement* = a somewhat large number.
You never know what the future holds, so start now.
Also, for those of you planning to get onto the mortgage ladder, the sooner you start saving, the quicker it’ll be to have enough money for a deposit…
Bucket list tick #2: Learn to Cook More & Better
As much as we love pasta and ready-meals, it’s not sustainable for a lifetime. Especially if you plan on having a family of your own one day. Learn to cook, either buy a cook book or scour the internet / check out YouTube for some awesome new recipes.
‘Health is wealth’, and so is giving our body the nutrients it needs by cooking our own meals. What’s more, it might even work out cheaper to buy the ingredients – because more often than not, there will be a surplus of ingredients to make a second batch with.
Bucket list tick #3: Fundraise For a Cause and Volunteer for Change
I absolutely love fundraising &/or volunteering. I’ve been doing it since I was a teen and I can categorically say it’s shaped me as a person.
I’ve matured beyond my years and experienced things that others my age might not have.
Also, that feeling after you’ve given back is unmatched. It’s a rewarding, liberating feeling that comes with volunteering which not much else really offers.
Fancy it? Choose a cause that you care about, or one close to your heart and find out how to get involved in your local community.
Now more than ever is the time to do it… Even if means getting an elderly couple at the end of your street some shopping and leaving it at the door. That’s helping.
Bucket list tick #4: Strengthen Your Political Awareness
For the sake of your children and your children’s children (or even just our generation), research politics and delve deeper into it.
I’m not saying that you need to go as far as becoming a minister, or that politics isn’t filled with lies and a whole heap of crazy – but being able to choose a party to support – and having your reasons based on your core values is important.
If possible, choose a party that offers you or the people of tomorrow a better life. Alternatively, just choose the one you deem a lesser of two evils.
Bucket list tick #5: Be At Peace With Yourself
By now, you’d have made your fair share of mistakes and wrong decisions… But, rather than looking back in shame, accept them and more importantly: yourself.
Be at peace with who you are because you’ve made it this far, and life’s too short to be anything but content with that.
Bucket list tick #6: Social Media Isn’t Real
Nothing on social-media is real. For the most part, social-media is oversaturated with people pretending to be living ‘the life’, but there’s more to that. There’s a lot that goes on behind closed doors…
Also, celebrities typically filter/photoshop themselves in pictures, so it’s a far cry from what they look like in real-life. The effects of filtering/photoshopping can lead to a really awful case of body/image dysmorphia. I’ve definitely learned my lesson and don’t use filters anymore.
Bucket list tick #7: Make a List of Stuff You Want to do Before You’re 40
Apparently, our 20s are supposed to be a ‘dress rehearsal’ of our 30s, so make your 30s count by writing down a list of stuff (which are achievable) that you’d like to complete before you turn 40.
Look back on them every so often in the lead-up, so you don’t lose sight of them.
Bucket list tick #8: Plan An Awesome 30th Birthday Celebration
If you turned 30 during Covid lockdowns, I am so sorry! Plan to turn 30 again post-Covid, everyone else in the same boat will be… 😆(It might be the case for me next year too, tbh – so I won’t say too much.)
However, in the ideal world – make it memorable. It’s a huge milestone!
Bucket list tick #9: Stop Living in the Past
Stop with the regrets, ‘shoulda coulda woulda’ BS. At the end of the day, life doesn’t always go our way. We could plan our whole lives out and God will pull out a “checkmate” on our lives, and change it.
Not everything is in our control. But one thing’s for sure: it will all make sense afterwards, and the outcome is better than we’d ever have planned.
The present day, minute or hour is on more powerful than our past – because that’s what determines our future.
Bucket list tick #10: Keep Your Close Friends With You No Matter What
You will meet loads of people on this journey of life, but sadly not all of them will stick around. Only the ones most meaningful will. And, more often than not, you’ll only be able to count those type of people on one hand. True friends are few and far between, when you find them – keep them no matter what.
Bucket list tick #11: Attend A Concert, Festival or Sport Game
Do this, attend an event maybe not during Covid times as it’s definitely not safe (or even happening unless it’s outdoors) but I truly recommend it.
I’ve never been to a festival but was planning to this year and then… Yeah, exactly! So, when things go back to normal, I definitely will be.
First concert I’ve been to: Capital FM’s Summertime Ball
First football game I’ve been to: Man United
First basketball game I’ve been to: LA Lakers
First theatre performance I’ve been to: The Lion King
Bucket list tick #12: Learn How To Be More Organised
Organisation skills aren’t a light switch. They don’t turn on when you turn 30…
Do the work before you get there, because trying to learn new tricks at 30 is going to come with its own challenges that’ll leave you with little time for manual self-development.
Any self-development you’ll be doing in your 30s will most likely happen due to life experience – because the older we get, the harder it is to create new habits that we stick to.
Bucket list tick #13: Read More
The more you read, the more you’ll grow. Honestly, reading is so freeing.
Make a list, and work your way through it. It’s really that simple. Oh, and – if you come across a book that you lose interest in once you’ve started, put it down and start reading the next one.
If you’re reading the right books, you’ll learn what all the fuss is about and why most people love it so much.
Bucket list tick #14: Try To Learn a New Language
Sort of like tip 12, if you don’t do this during your 20s, you’ll have less time and patience for it in your 30s. It’s not easy though, so choose a simpler one – and if you master it, you’re my personal hero.
Bucket list tick #15: Get Fit
Our bodies start to change as we go into our 30s apparently, so try to stay fit and active to avoid sluggishness.
Find a fitness regime that works for you and stick to it. Similarly to tip 14, if you manage to do this – you too are my hero!
Bucket list tick #16: Try Living in A Different City
I haven’t done this personally, but I did work in different cities before.
In a previous job, I ran events in the states so would be out there every couple of months.
But, I’d recommend living in a different city post-Covid for sure. There’s a sense of independence tied with adventure. It’s great.
Bucket list tick #17: Travel Alone
Again, I was due to do this for the first time this year but it didn’t end up happening.
I’ve travelled alone before, but never done the whole trip alone.
I’ve heard from people who have done it that it’s a mix of lonesome but also fun. It’s ‘fun’ in the sense that you get to do what you want to do all the time, without others there.
I’d do it for the experience but I doubt I’d prefer it to being on a trip with others. I love social interaction aspect that comes with exploring. It also helps that I’m flexible when it comes to excursions.
Bucket list tick #18: Try To Delve Deeper Into Your Family
If you haven’t done one of those ancestry tests, I’d highly recommend it. It’s so interesting! You’ll find out so much. Alternatively, if that isn’t your style, do more with your actual (immediate or extended) family, i.e. get to know them more.
Bucket list tick #19: Try New Things
“Variety is the spice of life”, or so they say… Try new things. If there’s been something you’ve always wanted to do, cease the day (again after Covid, if it’s not social-distance dependent)! Get it done.
Whether it’s skydiving or swimming with sharks – whatever it is, YOLO (You Only Live Once) but also keep safe & be well!
Bucket list tick #20: Get Rid of Bad Habits
Like I said earlier, the older we get – the harder it is to quit bad habits. If there’s something that annoys you about yourself, quit or change it. ‘Trying’ is the first step to overcoming.
Bucket list tick #21: Buy Something You’ve Always Wanted
I love this one, it really offers a sense of accomplishment. Set yourself a goal and promise yourself that you will purchase whatever it is as a reward for your achievements.
Bucket list tick #22: Don’t Hold Grudges
Life is way too short to carry negativity with us and drag it out over long periods of time. Forgive and forget, it’s more peaceful that way.
Bucket list tick #23: Get A Tattoo
I have two and wouldn’t change them for the world. I have 0 plans on getting more, though.
There’s only a couple of pieces of advice I’d offer regarding this… Only get a tattoo if you want to, and if you’re 100% sure that you’ll still like the look of it when you’re old, wrinkly and grey.
You don’t want to regret it and have to pay for it to be laser removed – it’s more painful than getting the tattoo itself too, apparently.
Bucket list tick #24: Binge Watch The Most Popular Films & Series
When you’ve got kids and a livelihood, you’ll have less time for binge watching movies and TV shows that your friends keep going on about…
My advice would be get as many as you can before your 30s as that’s when (on average) an advanced sense of responsibility kicks in.
Bucket list tick #25: Go On A Road Trip
I had always planned of doing a road trip around America. It’ll definitely happen in my 30’s as it hasn’t so far!
Bucket list tick #26: Start Keeping A ‘Good Memories’ Diary
There is nothing better than looking back on all the good times, and not having to be reminded of them solely by pictures on your social-media archive…
I wish I’d kept a diary of the good stuff I’ve experienced in my 20’s… Might start when I’m 30. You heard it here first… 30 is the new 20. 😂
Bucket list tick #27: There Are Some Things They Don’t Teach You In School
School is home to some of the best memories I’ve ever had. Honestly, we always miss it when we leave.
However, the reality is – it doesn’t teach us everything we need to know in our adult lives… For example: applying for a job, applying for and sorting out a mortgage, tax, childbirth, raising children, managing trauma, managing life, overcoming battles with mental health.
Bucket list tick #28: Be Ready For Change
Life is fluid. So, be prepared to be shaped and moulded differently (without losing your key values).
When I mentioned being ‘shaped and moulded’, I don’t mean who you are as a person and your ideals or moral compass, what I mean is: being accepting of change and conforming to a different outcome, even if very different to the one you planned.
Stubbornness has never in its history stopped things from happening. So, we can be as stubborn as we like, but it won’t change the outcome.
Life begins at the end of our comfort zone.
Bucket list tick #29: Meet More People
Don’t be afraid to meet new people, whether that’s friends or dating. I love my friends since childhood, and nobody will ever replace them but life brings new people into our lives all the time, that doesn’t mean we love each other any less. Having more than one friendship circle is healthy.
Now, we’ve come to the end of the post… 🎵
Have you go any tips of your own you’d like to share? Comment below.