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Life goals, accomplishments and setting ourselves on the right intertwining paths. Being somewhat both retrospective and introspective lately, the all too real cliche of realising my age as I’m approaching 30 is now looming closer than ever. The idea of hitting that aged milestone seemed daunting and, given a few setbacks – the major one being my roller coaster ride and plethora of health issues relating to chronic pain – I felt pretty defeated. Revisiting my bucket list and other written (and until now, extremely quiet) personal goals over the last week or two has thankfully changed my perspective entirely.

A handful of accomplishments are waiting to be crossed off this ‘Before 30’ bucket list I’ve devised for myself. Feeling ambitious and wanting to make each step carefully to ensure my success, I’m compelled to share this list with my fellow readers. So here goes, what follows is my personal checklist for the year – hold me to it!

Before 30:

  • See a Cirque du Soleil performance – this is actually pending, tickets have been bought just tonight for a show in town next month!
  • Exhibit some of my own creative works – at this stage it is undecided whether it will be fashion works, art or a combination of the two, but I’m making progress on both.
  • Find out if I am eligible to donate blood while taking my medication and if possible, give blood.
  • Investigate, trial and complete a corset with waist training that aids my back issues and improves my posture, while being comfortable enough to sleep in – already pretty close to finishing.
  • Officially register my seamstress and design business.
  • Make a piece of furniture
  • Go snorkeling at Goat Island.
  • Pay off credit card.
  • Buy a car.
  • Travel the South Island of New Zealand.
  • Go stargazing, find star I bought for my manthing last year in the sky.
  • Write an anonymous pay-it-forward style note, leave 5 copies in various places to be found.
  • Swear off technology for at least a week – I’ve become too attached, it’s definitely time for a technology detox.
  • Live 3 consecutive days in silence (and technology free) – originally, going to a 10 day silent retreat to learn Vipassana was my objective, but unfortunately restrictions due to health have left me choosing to adjust this one to something achievable.

So there you have it folks, one jam-packed year of challenges just waiting to be won. So far, it’s feeling like perhaps there is a little too much on my plate. But learning to pace myself and live functionally and successfully with my body the way it is, is just another thing I need to master.

There are a number of things that have already been crossed off, in which reviewing these has left me with much more vigor and fire in my belly to keep on keeping on. Initially I felt a bit uncomfortable about sharing that too, but then decided that the pending list above was probably leaving me much more exposed than writing out my personal achievements for the public eye. So, if you are interested, here are the things in life that have me feeling good about myself…

  • Quit smoking
  • Live overseas
  • Live alone for a year or more
  • Learn to be the first person to apologise
  • Learn to love myself
  • Learn to make (grow and cure) my own tea
  • Successfully grow an edible garden
  • Dye my hair an unnatural colour (or all of the colours)
  • Learn to play the guitar – sort of a never ending work in progress, but I can play a few songs, made a couple of my own songs and know most chords etc.
  • Attend a protest for something I strongly believe in
  • Go skinny dipping
  • Do some volunteer work
  • Try out fire poi
  • Shoot an air rifle
  • Ride a horse
  • Feed a hippopotamus
  • Get a tattoo (and then some)
  • See my favourite band live in concert
  • Attend a multi day festival
  • Attend Wacken Open Air (2011!)
  • Make amends with an old friend
  • Gain a creative qualification (Fashion design/construction/pattern making)
  • Design and make my own clothes
  • Get paid to design and create clothes for someone else
  • Take part in a stage play
  • Go on a multi day road trip
  • Work in the not-for-profit sector
  • See healthcare specialist for pain issues
  • Climb Rangitoto Island – I grew up looking at the damned thing, it had to be conquered one day!
  • Complete 60 day Bikram yoga challenge (x2!)
  • Travel alone
  • Backpack/train line through Europe
  • Visit H R Giger’s museum and bar in Switzerland
  • Have dinner at the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • Spend a day at the Louvre in Paris
  • Visit the Musee d’Orsay in Paris
  • Go on a boat ride down the Seine River in Paris
  • Visit the East Side Art Gallery and put my hands on the remains of the Berlin Wall
  • Walk though Vatican City, visiting St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel inside
  • Walk through the Coliseum in Rome
  • Visit Duomo Cathedral in Milan
  • Consume tea and scones with a British friend in England
  • Sit on a pebblestone beach in Brighton
  • Walk through St Peter’s Cathedral in London
  • Walk through Westminster Abbey and burial grounds, light a candle
  • Visit Camden Markets in London, buy something
  • Visit Bruges and climb the bell tower – just like a fucking fairytale!
  • Eat Belgian waffles and Belgian chocolates in Belgium
  • Visit Amsterdam, go to smoking cafe and live sex show
  • Attend Oktoberfest in Munich
  • Visit Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
  • Dabble in acrobatics – I went to a few classes and learned the basics
  • Visit Kawau Island
  • Swim in bio-luminescent water (glowing blue waves)
  • Get my teeth straightened
  • Get license
  • See Portishead live in London
  • Hold a koala
  • Learn to meditate

Perhaps not the most exhaustive list, but it’s mine and I love it. I intend to make the most of each day and take less for granted. Curious to know other reader’s/writer’s intentions for the year too, if you feel brave enough to share with me.