30 before 30 challenge- 30 things to do before I 'm 30

30 Things To Do Before I’m 30

30 before 30 challenge- 30 things to do before I'm 30

I am not really the kind of person who focuses on birthdays and ages. But I’m 29 and in less than 8 months, I will hit the scary 30 mark. My admittedly short 20-something life has been filled with so many challenges, mistakes, lessons, laughter, tears etc. And as I prepare to enter the next decade of my life, I have been thinking of what to do to make the last days of my twenties incredibly awesome, so I walk into my thirties as the best version of myself. Thus, 30 things to do before I’m 30 was born.

I am in my last twenties!!!! Girl, that does feel scary!! I remember when I turned 20, then 21, I didn’t feel old at all. I have a smallish stature, so I looked 16. And if you knew me then, you would never believe I was 21 well except you heard it from my mom. Walking with my younger sisters on the road was sometimes depressing, funny and all, as people will often conclusively say that I was the youngest in the family. And now, I will be 30. I can’t believe it!

The society puts so much emphasis on this age thing, and this has put so much pressure and expectations on how you should behave, dress, company you should or shouldn’t keep, and what you should accomplish at each stage.

Before now I used to buy the ‘age-is-just-a-number’ self-serving, reality-numbing piece of societal idiocy that we foisted on ourselves. While age may be represented by a number which doesn’t in anyway represent who we are in terms of our character, personalities, and values, I am of the opinion that age is not just a number.

Age is wisdom. Age is experience– the sum of all our lives experiences (good or bad), love experiences, work experience and every other events that have made us who we are. This experiences can’t be rushed or bought or ignored in any way. Age is maturity.

30 Things To Do Before I'm 30- age is not just a number. Age is wisdom, Age is experience

The number is just an indication of how long we have lived and shouldn’t dictate who we should be. We are not defined by our age. And we shouldn.t pressure people into doing certain things just because they are –years old.

I started feeling nervous about getting older when I turned 25. I got even more nervous when my family (my dad mostly) did a good job at reminding me every day that I should get married because I wasn’t getting any younger. When people realize I was 25 or more, the way they reacted and the questions that often followed got me really nervous too.

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They would say things and offer bits of advice that went like this: “You are no longer a small girl, you should start behaving like an adult…” “25, 26, 27 —? and you aren’t married? what are you waiting for? don’t you want kids? you are not complete without a man and whatever you become in this life is irrelevant if you are not married or have a man to call your own…” “by now you should have realized that this business isn’t going to work, get a job and start building a family…”

You can imagine what ‘they’ will say now that the girl is turning 30.

Those who know me, Know that I am a child at heart. And I want it to stay that way whether I am 30 or 70, married or not.

I am not afraid of getting older. And I am definitely not embarrassed by my age. And I certainly don’t want my life, identity, values and all that I am to be defined by societal and people’s expectations about where I should be or what I should accomplish at a certain age.

30 Things to do before I'm 30- don't be afraid of your age, don't be embarrassed by how old you are, age is more than just a number

Instead, I am setting my own standards and expectations for myself. I am defining my life by my values, character, contribution to other people.

I am not ashamed of my past years and mistakes and failures because they all combined to make me who I am today. They gave me my uniques story. And I am not afraid of the coming years either because I will live fully, ensuring that life doesn’t pass me by.

I am not worried about aging. Aging is beautiful. Why waste time worry or trying to run from something that is inevitable?

I believe that when we intentionally choose an empowering and positive meaning about any situation, it instantly makes it so much better. This is why I am making this 30 things to do before I am 30 list.

I have a very good feeling about this year. And there are things I want to do before I’m 30. Some of which have been on my to-do list for a very long time, some are really new, others you can find in my 52 goals for 2018.

 Why 30 things to do before I’m 30?

Because I figured it will be a fun (not that I’m much of a fun person) and a great way to end my Twenties a. This is also a way to get myself to try things I have never done before (like fixing lashes..)

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So, here’s my list of 30 things to do before I’m 30. If you are making a list for yourself, I encourage you to think about your life goals and start doing them now.

30 before 30 challenge- 30 things to do before I'm 30

30 Things To Do Before I’m 30: 

1 Start and grow my business

2 Begin making income from my blog

3 Apply for and win 2018 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Fund

4 Create two online courses (one freebie and one paid) for bloggers

5 Write a Thank you letter to my parents.

6 Memorize Matthew 5&6

7 Take a baking class

8 Sign up for a dance class

9 Get my Drivers Licence (I’ve been too afraid to drive, I’m killing that fear once and for all.)

10 Take a personal development course with a Personal development expert (still undecide who its going to be)

11 Read at least 2 books in a month (review copies not included).

12 Do a full body check up

13 Do a 7-day detox (done)

14 Run a 5k in 30 minutes or less

15 Get back to the gym (done)

16 Build good finance/money habit

17 Climb the longest canopy walkway in Africa (@ Lekki Conservation Centre and write about the experience)

18 Visit 2 out of the 37 cultural wonders of Nigeria

19 Attend the Platform, Lagos

20 Do a 30-day challenge (yoga, no-spend, gratitude, acts of kindness– whichever one I get to choose)

21 Visit a museum

22 Learn a musical instrument (piano or guitar or violin)

23 Write an ebook (or maybe print copy– a curation of my experiences so far, musings, contemplations and lessons learned)

24 Start a collection (arts, or one of my interest)

25 Pamper my body

26 Fix eyelashes (I’ve never done this.. but I think I should try it)

27 Mark my birthday at an orphanage

28 Start a Youtube Channel

29 Get and move in to my own apartment

30 Write a letter or letters to my 30-year-old self, outlining lessons I learned in my Twenties

That’s it friends.

What are some things you would like to do in or with your life? Make It Happen!

Are you above 30? How does it feel like to be 30? Any advice and suggestions will be appreciated.

On a general note, what will your own list consist, if you had to make one?