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30 before 30

I’m sure many of us have watched the movie The Bucket List where two terminally ill men escape from a hospital with a wish list of things-to-do before they die.

Well, making such a list was always on my mind for sometime. No, I’m not terminally ill! That’s why I call my list 30 before 30 which includes all those things I wish to do before I turn 30!

30 before 30

Some of you may argue that there need not be a time limit/constraint on the things you wish to do and that they should be done at your own pace. I do agree! But don’t we have the tendency to procrastinate things out of our habitual laziness? Most of us do!

And more importantly these are the things that I have always wanted to do! And due to my procrastination and lack of opportunity, I have not been able to do them so far. And friends, life is too short to wake up with regrets, right? After all, the days are long but years are short!

The joy that fills up your heart when you strike each thing off the list is simply great! I also feel that when you actually sit and write such a list that you really know what your heart wants.

Before I share my bucket list with all of you, here is something that Mark Twain once said which is also one of the reasons I jumped and wrote my list.

Twenty years from now you’ll be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones that you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail.

I made this list a few months ago and that’s why I have already crossed few things off the list. Believe me it’s fun to do that!

The mystical land and water of Ladakh
The mystical land and water of Ladakh
  1. Start a blog. ( Done Dana Done!!!)
  2. Visit Ladakh by road.
  3. Get a tattoo! (Got it!) More about the tattoo coming soon. Here is the story of my tattoo.
  4. Run a marathon. ( If not full, at least a half marathon. I’ve only done a few 10k runs so far)
  5. Play an active role in an NGO which supports a cause I believe in.
  6. Do a bungee jump. (Just did a 150ft jump! ). Aiming for a greater height. 🙂
  7. Learn to play a musical instrument.
  8. Learn to swim. (Almost there!)
  9. Go scuba diving. (Woooo! What an experience it was! Read about it here)
  10. Get really fit! How to measure this? Maybe shed those extra pounds and reach my ideal weight.
  11. Finish at least 10 century rides on my cycle.
  12. Complete the 100 strangers project.
  13. Cross from one country to another on foot. (From Poland to Czech Republic we did!!)
  14. Gift my parents an overseas trip.
  15. Learn to drive confidently and go on a road trip.
  16. Go backpacking. (That’s what we have been doing since the last few months!! More details here)
  17. Give a talk on India in a foreign land! (Been so lucky to do this. More details here)
  18. Read at least 15 books.
  19. Camp on an island.
  20. Learn a new language. (Just started with Tamil! )
  21. Try couchsurfing. (We just love it!! Check it out here)
  22. Visit at least 15 states in India.
  23. Get a teaching job.
  24. Move into our own home!
  25. Learn to ride a motorcycle. (I mean a geared one)
  26. Go on a solo trip.
  27. Visit Dharamshala and the Golden temple of Amritsar.
  28. Visit at least four of these places- Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, North eastern states of India.
  29. Get featured in the media. (Check it out here)
  30. Celebrate my 30th birthday in style!

I have less than 2 years before I turn 30! There really ain’t no time to waste.

And yeah, one of my favourite travel blogger Neelima’s post on the same topic was an inspiration too! 🙂
How many of you have similar lists? Any suggestions on mine?


24 thoughts to “30 before 30”

  1. Hey loved your list and have a small list of mine too but will get more serious on achieving it now after reading yours !!!!
    way to go girl waiting to read more keep writing !!!!!!!

  2. I just wrote (part of) my bucket list and I’ve been scrounging others’ for inspiration. I’m going to steal some off yours maybe 😉 You’ve done many of the things I want to do (Ladakh, tattoo, bungee, scuba!!) and I’ve done sa couple on your list (solo travel, half marathon). Good luck to us 😀

    1. Hi Surya! Thanks for visiting my blog! You have an interesting blog and a bucket list! I love the way you called it The Balti List! 😀 It will be wonderful to strike off our lists someday! Cheers!!

  3. Hey Gayathri…well Planned and organised really a great thought and great human…wish u complete all those and celebrate ur 30th birthday in ur style ..wishing u the best and it has inspired me as well to organise things in life..Have fun babiee:)))

  4. Hey Gayathri!! just loved ur blog girl,, its awesome, loved reading your experiences and Oh God is there anything under the sun that u have not tried ur hands-on!?! wonderful person u r and ve always been ur silent admirer!! Way to go dear !!
    And yes, BTW, i am married to a musician, a flautist, if u could take some precious time and walk into my place then surely ur wish to learn an instrument may take a kick start

    1. Hi Sucheta!
      That was one of the most motivating comments I’ve received. I know I have great musician friends but it’s my bad that I haven’t utilised the opportunity so far 🙂 be sure I’ll barge into your house sometime! I’ve been a great fan of your singing.
      You’ve always encouraged me in my endeavors right from our college days 🙂
      Thanks much for the wonderful message. Did I tell you it made my day? 🙂

  5. You have inspired me to be firm on my dreams that is much smaller Gayathri. As you strike each thing off the list, you’ll discover more that you would wish to add to your next list. I am sure you’ll love to make the next list because you have experienced the excitement of fulfilling your dreams. So keep going!

    1. Hey Vishal!
      Thanks for visiting our blog. Know what?? You are one of my inspirations!! I may have not told you anytime but I’m always so proud of having you as my friend! Kudos to your determination. I’m sure you’ll soar higher with each passing phase of life 🙂

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