Friday, October 10, 2008

Things to do Before I Turn Thirty

by Elodia Strain

Back in college my friends and I were big fans of the TV show Friends. One epiode I remember well is: “The One Where They All Turn Thirty--” which shows the characters’ thirtieth birthdays. In this episode, Phoebe, who was always my favorite of the female characters, spends her day catching up on her list of things she wanted to do before she turned thirty.

Well, this month I celebrated my birthday. And, since I’m now a lot closer to thirty than I am to twenty, I thought it might be fun to start my own list of things I want to do before I reach this milestone birthday.

Here are a few of the things on my list:

  • Write a book that gets reviewed by Kirkus Reviews

  • Go to Hawaii

  • Watch my favorite movies in Spanish

  • Know enough about my iPod that I don’t have to ask my husband for help anymore

  • Know the moves on my favorite dance-workout DVDs as well as the instructor

  • Re-read the classics I read in high school

  • Go on more adventures with my husband

  • Find the perfect pair of jeans

  • Be able to lower my heels completely in yoga’s Downward Dog pose

  • Learn at least one song on the guitar

  • Become a favorite aunt

  • Design and sew my own grocery totes

  • And finally, because I believe in shooting for the stars, become the answer to a Trivial Pursuit question

    So what’s on your list? What do you want to do before you turn 30, 40, 50, 60, 70?


Tamra Norton said...

Oh Elodia--I'm feeling soooooo oooooold now! I'm 44 and many of your to-do-before 30 are on my to-do-before 50 list--eek! Hawaii is up there definitely. For sure writing a book that is picked up by the national chain bookstores (not just their websites) is a huge goal for me. I think I've written the book. Still waiting on that publisher... (sigh)

Jennifer said...

I love your last one. I never would have thought to put "become the answer to a trivial pursuit question" on a list of goals. I guess it never crossed my mind that I could become so famous. :D

Marcia Mickelson said...

So many things I want to do before I turn 40 which is in about 5 years. The national book is a big one for me too. Who knows if it will happen.

What I want to do when I turn 40 is take scuba diving lessons.

Tristi Pinkston said...

That downward dog pose is a nasty one. Definitely something to aspire to!

And Happy Birthday, by the way. :)

Nancy Campbell Allen said...

Mercy, I have to agree with Tami. I'm 39, so lots of my goals have been pushed back to 50.

As for my before-40 list, well, I'd like to finish the book I'm working on! Sometimes I stare and the screen and wish someone would come along and tell me what happens next. ;-)