Devon on April 16th, 2010

It’s common for people to evaluate their lives after tragedy, sickens, birthdays, and when a new year comes around — so it will be no surprise to you that I have just evaluated my life. I’m turning 25. According to — after answering many “life” questions — I am expected to live to a ripe old age of 90. Which means I have lived 27% of my life. That’s not bad. I’ve done a lot of major life milestones already — traveled 3/5 of the USA, traveled to Europe, graduated from college, got a job, bought a car, had a long-term relationship, broke-up, had pets, so on. I was looking online for what people should do before they turn 30 and came across this list:

  1. Budget and InvestCheck! I have a massive Excel budget that dictates what I do down the the penny every two weeks. And I am happy to say I started to invest last month. Double Check!
  2. Drive a Wickedly Cool Car (even if you have to rent it)Check! And yes, I had to rent it. I rented an Audi TT 2008 coupe in Germany for a weekend (Recommended retail price: $40,000+). I even went on the German Autobahn over 140 MPH.
  3. Date Against TypeCheck! This is funny because it was one of my New Year’s resolutions. If anyone asks me out, I say, “Yes.” I’m trying to find friends, the “one,” and also make connections for later in life.
  4. See the WorldCheck? I’ve seen a lot, but I want to see/return to San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Seattle, Los Angeles, Napa Valley, Toronto Canada, Athens Greece, Cologne Germany, Venice Italy, London England, Dublin Ireland, and Thailand and/or Japan. On my maybe list, I would like to see Hawaii, Egypt, Mexico, and Madagascar. For some reason, I have no desire to visit Australia — you would think I would, but no. I’d also love to go on a cruise — maybe I could go on a cruise to places I have not been and kill two stones with one bird (I don’t like to talk about killing things, hence the back-assward colloquialism — I’m quirky).
  5. Live in a Cool PlaceCheck! I guess “cool” is defined by the beholder — I think that living in Germany for 4 months counts.
  6. Cook a MealCheck! I cook for myself all the time and have even cooked more then one Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends. Also, in this topic it also stated some things you should know how to do before you are 30, like Hard-boil an egg, make a pie from scratch (including the crust), make cookies from scratch, bake a turkey, sew a button, open a bottle of champagne, and so on… i’m happy to say “Check” to all of that too!
  7. Do Something Physically AdventurousCheck! In 2006 I hiked to the top of Angels Landing in Zion National Park. Angels Landing Trail is one of the most famous and thrilling hikes in the US National Park System. The park’s pride and joy runs along a narrow rock fin with dizzying sheer cliffs on both sides. The trail culminates at a lofty perch, boasting magnificent views in every direction. The hike is about 5 miles — with an elevation change of over 1500 feet — and takes about 5.5 hours to complete.
  8. Get a WebsiteCheck! I’ve had one for over 6 years and I maintain it myself.
  9. Be on TelevisionCheck! I was in a political TV campaign commercial when I was 6 and on the 6 O’clock news once.
  10. Survive a Broken HeartCheck. I’ve had a broken heart, the kind that sends you into depression for months. I didn’t know why this was important untill I read more. The site stated that being broken hearted at a younger age will teach you how to pick yourself up and move on. If you know you can do it when you are young, you’ll know you can do it when you are older. It’s better to move on from a bad relationship then stick with it because it’s all you’ve known. And this is not just about romance, but even relates to your job, investments, goals, and more. I guess it’s like chickenpox — better when you’re young!

I was thinking, for some people, the above list could be a list of life time achievements. But, I guess for me it was a list of things to do before I turned 25. I must be 5 years fast. So here is an addendum list, I created, to complete in the next 5 years:

  • Learn to fold a fitted sheet (like Grandma)
  • Keep a basil plant alive for more than a year
  • Pay off all credit cards
  • Establish an emergency fund of 3-6 months of living expenses
  • Do a simple good deed everyday (whether opening a door, giving directions, or throwing away trash on the sidewalk that was not mine)

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