By 30 Bucket List!

So, I am 30. That sentence may only have 4 words in it, but it weighs a TON. It is true that age is just a number as I do not feel that I am more mature (at all). I guess everything that we worry about is in our heads.

About 2 years ago I came across this article about “what you should have” and “you should know” BY 30. I took the challenge and kept tabs on what I already have and already know for 2 years and here are the results:


  1. Travel the world!
    1. Vietnam
    2. Singapore
    3. Shanghai, China
    4. Seoul, South Korea
    5. Beijing, China
    6. Cambodia
    7. Osaka, Japan
    8. Santorini, Greece
    9. Paris, France
    10. Venice, Italy
    11. Machu Pichu, Peru
    12. Bangkok, Thailand
    13. Hong Kong
    14. Tibet
    15. New York, USA
    16. South Africa
    17. Brazil
    18. Spain
    19. Tokyo, Japan
    20. Hawaii
    21. Kyoto, Japan
  2. Try an extreme sport
    1. White water rafting
    2. Bungee Jumping
    3. Cliff Diving
  3. Plan a backpacking trip with your partner
  4. Go to these Theme Parks:
    1. Disneyland – California
    2. Disneyland Paris
    3. Tokyo Disneyland
    4. Tokyo Disney Sea
    5. Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida
    6. Universal Studios Hollywood
    7. Universal Studios Osaka, Japan
    8. Universal Studios Singapore
    9. Harry Potter Theme Park, Universal Studios – Osaka, Japan
    10. Diagon Alley, Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida
    11. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
    12. Everland, South Korea
    13. Lotteworld, Seoul
    14. Ocean Park, Hong Kong
    15. Hong Kong Disneyland
  5. Try Mixed Martial Arts
    1. Boxing
    2. Judo
    3. Karate
    4. Kickboxing
    5. Muay Thai
  6. Visit the following beaches/places in the Philippines
    1. Boracay
    2. Bohol
    3. Davao
    4. Guimaras
    5. Gumasa, South Cotabato
    6. El Nido
    7. Bantayan Island
    8. Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa
    9. Moalboal, Cebu
    10. Batanes
    11. Malapascua Island
    12. Dumaguete
    13. Coron
    14. Caramoan
    15. Siargao
    16. Cagayan De Oro
    17. Bukidnon
    18. Camiguin
    19. Zamboanga
  7. Go camping
  8. Set up a part-time business as an extra source of income
  9. Take a post grad degree
  10. Have an adventurous love affair
  11. Go on a cruise
  12. Hit the party scene and feel like you’re 22
  13. Go scuba diving
  14. Take a food trip around Asia
  15. Finish a marathon
  16. Swim with the sharks
  17. Eat authentic Korean Food
  18. Eat authentic Ramen
  19. Eat authentic Vietnamese Food
  20. Hook up with your childhood crush before settling down
  21. Have at least one kick-ass job you can be proud of
  22. Open your own bank account
  23. Move out of your parent’s house
  24. Have a stable group of friends
  25. Forgive your enemies and cut ties with anchors
  26. Buy your parents a major “thank you” gift
  27. Have an impressive resume that doesn’t need padding
  28. Buy something ridiculously expensive as a gift to yourself
  29. Buy your own condo unit
  30. Save enough money to buy a car
  31. Know how to fall in love the right way
  32. Ditch your insecurities and embrace your curves
  33. Overcome a fear
  34. Learn how to say “no”

By 30, you should have..

  • One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.
  • A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.
  • Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.
  • A purse, a suitcase, and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.
  • A youth you’re content to move beyond.
  • A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.
  • The realization that you are actually going to have an old age — and some money set aside to help fund it.
  • An email address, a voice mailbox, and a bank account — all of which nobody has access to but you.
  • A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded.
  • One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.
  • A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.
  • Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.
  • The belief that you deserve it.
  • A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine, and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30.
  • A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets of life that do get better.

By 30, you should know..

  • How to fall in love without losing yourself.
  • How you feel about having kids.
  • How to quit a job, break up with a man, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.
  • When to try harder and when to walk away.
  • How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.
  • How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.
  • Where to go — be it your best friend’s kitchen table or a yoga mat — when your soul needs soothing.
  • That you can’t change the length of your legs, the width of your hips, or the nature of your parents.
  • That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.
  • What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.
  • That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs, or not flossing for very long.
  • Who you can trust, who you can’t, and why you shouldn’t take it personally.
  • Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.
  • Why they say life begins at 30

Indeed time flies so fast. So don’t forget to live. I want to live my life without any regret, that’s the plan. I want to be happy, and I want to serve my purpose in this world, whatever that is. Some people may have already found their purpose in life. Most of us are still struggling to know what it is. The important thing is to know that God put you in this world for a reason, and you must strive to know that reason and fulfill God’s plans. Live life to the fullest, be happy!

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