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My 25 things to do before age 25

By Staff | Apr 21, 2013

Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve written a column so I decided to dust off the ol’ typewriter. Just kidding, I don’t have a typewriter. I’m doing my writing by way of fingers pounding frantically on the screen of an iPad. Soothing.

Anyway, I caught the spring cleaning bug this past weekend. Except when I say cleaning, I actually mean finding a bunch of cool, old stuff I haven’t seen for awhile and getting distracted for the rest of the afternoon.

I actually found a child-sized accordion in one of my closets. Weird, right?

But, I was specifically distracted by a small piece of paper that I?found tucked away with a stack of newspapers. That little piece of paper contained a list I made almost five years ago.

It was a bucket list of sorts, one with a bit of a deadline. I guess I like deadlines.

It was my list of 25 things I wanted to do before I turned 25.

Myself and two of my childhood friends decided we could ease the symptoms of our quarter-life crises by forcing ourselves to complete these lists of goals.

We wrote the lists when we were twenty years old and originally wanted to have them complete by our next birthdays.

Thankfully, my friend’s mother was wise enough to convince us that we may need a little more time. Plus, 25 things to do before you turn 25 sounds much catchier.

I’m not sure how the other two fared on their lists, but I think I have done pretty well.

Now we had some rules to making these lists; the items had to be measurable, the lists had to have a good balance of items some fun things, some challenging things and, of course, they had to be completed by our 25th birthdays.

I’m the last of the three that made a list, to turn 25, which is just a couple of months away (yikes).

In other words, before July 28, I?have to leave the country again, read the rest of the unread books on my shelves, run a half-marathon, run a marathon (yeah, right) and play laser tag.

I?really don’t know how likely it is that I will accomplish the remaining items on my list. Maybe I could run a marathon toward Canada whilst reading the rest of my books.

Or, maybe I’ll just focus on getting some friends together for a night of laser tag and forget the rest.

Which wouldn’t be so bad, seeing as how the objective of the list was to distract a few twenty-somethings from a make-believe crisis. Mission accomplished.

In the last five years I’ve successfully; written something everyday, worked on my photography skills (kind of), gotten terribly lost and found my way back without the use of a GPS, taken a spontaneous road trip, gone camping in Montana, written about something near and dear to my heart and had it printed and learned to make small talk.

There has already been talk of a second edition to the list idea, and I’m thinking of calling it the 30 before 30 list.

I?bet you can guess how I spent the rest of my ‘cleaning day.’ Yup, you got it, I?started a new list.

So far the list has four items on it; buy a typewriter, learn to play a small accordion, make up a new crisis to be distracted from and run a marathon toward Canada whilst reading a bunch of books.

Anyone want to join me??