Whether you've got 10 years or 10 weeks until you hit that life-affirming 3-0 milestone, here are the bucket-list entries you should make (and keep) before you get there.
1. Travel solo. We cannot stress how valuable this is, even if you're in a relationship.
2. Take a class to learn a new skill. Doesn't matter if it's pottery or pole dancing.
3. Master cooking at least three dishes. And mixing three cocktails. (Without needing to panic-Google the recipe.)
4. Run a half marathon. Or just walk it. Either way, sign up.
5. Go skinny dipping. Do this often.
6. Learn to speak another language. Oui!
7. Learn how to read a wine list. And seriously impress your friends and future suitors forevermore.
8. Throw yourself a birthday party. Because, if you want something done right...
9. Get private health insurance. Because if you don't have hospital cover by 31, you'll pay a loading fee once you finally do get your sh*t together and sign up.
10. Get your super in check. Snoozy, but it's important to consolidate and start making contributions. (Future You will thank you.)
11. Invest in a good quality bag. You carry it every day, so why not?
12. Take a grown up weekend away with friends. Even if you end up getting wasted on the wine supply.
13. Go camping. Not glamping, either. We mean legit, set-up-your-tent-yourself-and-suffer-through-the-mozzies camping.
14. Learn to meditate. And "namaste" your way to a better life.
15. Learn about politics. You should know the difference between the Senate and a socialist.
16. Take a roadtrip. Whether solo, with bae, or your best m8s.
17. Pay off your credit card/personal loan/HECs debt. The feeling will be priceless.
18. Treat yourself to a fancy dining experience. As a reward for 17.
19. Volunteer for a cause you believe in. Not just as a one-off, either—make it a regular thing.
20. Live abroad. If only for the hot foreign strangers.
21. Cross off some of the classics. Add Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, Maya Angelou, Joan Didion and Anais Nin to your reading list, stat.
22. Take control of your sexual health. Which means finding the right birth control for you, and making time for regular STD checks, among other things.
23. Do something that scares you. Swimming with sharks, skydiving, even just going to the top of a really tall building if heights freak you out.
24. Ask for a payrise. Even if it falls into the above category. Actually, especially if it falls into the above category.
25. Have savings. Because having financial freedom is so, so important. (Also money can buy you fun things like holidays and cars and doggos.)
26. Find a mentor. If you don't have one in your workplace, reach out to someone in your industry via LinkedIn and see if they'd be open to you shouting them a coffee.
27. Start and finish an educational course. Whether it's finally finishing your uni degree, or upskilling yourself in something like coding.
28. Find your 'thing' in exercise. And do it regularly.
29. Be able to ask for what you want in bed. Yes, even that.
30. Start taking your health seriously. Because if you don't, who will?
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