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30 Things To Do Before You Turn 30

| September 13, 2013 | 19 Comments


When you look back on your life what do you want to see? I believe you will reminisce most about the experiences you have and the people you shared those experiences with. The list I have compiled is diverse but I think there is one consistency. They do not involve material possessions. When your first 30 years are in the rear view mirror you will treasure the things you did with the people you loved not the Ferrari you drove around alone. With that said, here is my list of 30 things to do before you turn 30. Take some, add some of your own. I have a decent start but still a long way to go. So get started experiencing life and not letting life happen to you.

1. See the Grand Canyon

Because you realize how small we all really are

2. Try out for a sports team

You are only young once, go for it!

3. Read the 4 Hour Work Week

You want to have time to do everything else on the list don’t you?

4. Run a race for charity

Get in shape, give back ‘nuff said!

5. Write a poem-I don’t care if its for your mom/girlfriend/puppy.

Get creative and expand your mind

6. Go to the Hoover Dam

It’s amazing to think how people built such an amazing structure in 1931

7. Research your family history

Good, bad, or indifferent, we all come from somewhere and it can help shape where we are going

8. Travel to other countries

Expand your worldview. Other countries  have a lot to offer and it will also help you appreciate your own  country

9. Enter a food eating contest

Because if you do it when your old, your stomach might explode

10. Learn another language

It will help you in your travels, career, and you might just make some new friends

11. Set aside time to meditate

Who are you? what do you believe? where are you headed?

12. Go to a classical music concert

Yes, there was music before hip hop and rock, learn to appreciate

13. Vote

Hopefully you have done this since you were 18. If not, start!

14. Mentor those younger than you

You will learn more and you will make a big impact in others lives

15. If you are not “creative” take an art class

It will open you up to  thinking about things differently and you may just find out you are more  “creative” than you thought

16. Join Toastmasters

Everyone can use help in communicating no matter your position in life

17. Go on a food road trip

Some of the most fun times you will have with  your friends. So  pick some unique restaurants around the country and hit the road!

18. Go skydiving

Why? because it’s SKYDIVING!

19. Go to Washington DC

Regardless of your political beliefs you should appreciate what our forefathers built for us

20. Serve at a food kitchen

Humbling and extremely gratifying

21. Do something you are afraid to do everyday

I’m not talking about dangerous, I’m talking about challenging yourself

22. Host a dinner party

Invite the most interesting people you know, not necessarily your closest friends 23. Go to Niagara Falls-WOW…

24. Learn sign language

Learning new ways to communicate expands your reach in the world and how you can impact

25. Go on a camping trip and leave your cell and Ipod at home

You will  realize there was life before Apple, people will survive without your  tweets, and you will be able to think very clearly

26. Write a book

It doesn’t have to be published, but put to pen something you are passionate about

27. Learn to play an instrument

Who can resist a musician?

28. Follow your favorite band or sports team for a week or two

Because it would be epic!

29. Take care of your body

If you don’t when your young, you most certainly won’t when you are older

30. Become a CEO

Because you have a lot of talent to contribute to your  company and have a responsibility to make a difference in the world

“I believe everyone has the responsibility to create beauty, share ideas, and inspire others to action. I am passionate about creating and sharing ideas about leadership and the evolution of today’s work environment, as well as helping others create a lifestyle they love and NOT just a career. I invite you to join me as I explore and share my passions, and hopefully, along the way assist you in finding yours.”

- Matthew King

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  • http://performdestiny.com/ Kevin Cole

    This is a pretty awesome list. I totally agree that material possessions should not be on this list. They bring nothing but a flutter of happiness. The experiences you listed here will last forever.

    I second #19: Go to Washington D.C. I used to live about an hour away from D.C. and would travel there almost every weekend. There’s so much to do and see. Free museums all over the place and an unbelievable amount of history.

    Looking forward to checking off plenty of these items in the next ten years :)

  • treptalks

    Nice list, everyone should create their own!

  • Kevin Diamond

    Awesome awesome list! Really like this, and all the things you said! People need to get out of their cubicle and start living. So much out there to love, learn, and appreciate.

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  • http://www.transpiral.org/ Yasmine Khater

    I am totally loving it…I have done most of it… is it because I am two years away from 30 :)

    I have yet to see Grand Canyon, Never been to hoover dam(had to google it, not internationally known), nor am i really interested in a food eating contest, haven’t had a chance to serve at a food kitchen but have volunteered to a hospice, I know one sign language, and in the process of writing a book!

    Totally love it? Are you nearly done with your list

  • http://www.transpiral.org/ Yasmine Khater

    my list is a little bit more insane http://yasminekhater.com/bucketlist

  • Wako Ronald

    it was great reading this

  • http://www.it-sales-leads.com/ Barbara Mckinney

    Great article here.Thanks for sharing!I want to try sky diving also but I don’t think its cheap:)

  • Matthew King

    Thanks for the feedback guys! I really enjoyed writing this article. I think the more we can keep our “bucket list” in front of us the more we will work on getting it done.

  • Matthew King

    I’m jealous you were an hour away! I’ve only been able to go once. Can’t wait to go back.

  • Matthew King

    Thanks Barbara. Save up, you won’t forget it!

  • Matthew King

    Thanks Wako, I appreciate you reading it.

  • Matthew King

    wow! very cool list! I am going to have to step mine up! very cool.

  • Matthew King

    Thanks Yasmine, no comment on the 30 part…lol

    I still have a ways to go, but I’ll get there! What is your book topic? (if you can share)

  • Matthew King

    Thanks Kevin, I totally agree. Cubicle city is difficult to escape from.

  • http://www.transpiral.org/ Yasmine Khater

    Awesome cant wait to see it

  • http://www.transpiral.org/ Yasmine Khater

    Im interviewing 50 powerful women in singapore and looking for similarities and common stuggles in other to inspire young asian women to choose the same

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  • http://traveljunkette.com/ Susan @ Travel Junkette

    I have a personal “Before I’m 30″ list that I’ve been working towards for the past 5 years. (I’m 27 now.) It’s helped me do a lot of amazing things — so I agree with @treptalks:disqus that everyone should create their own. Thanks for the inspiration, @disqus_LHaVJhCYTw:disqus!