Bucket List: 30 Before 30

10 Apr

On August 22, 2010, I will turn 30 years old.

A couple months back, a buddy of mine challenged me to come up with a list of 30 things I want to do before I turn 30. Below is the list of things I came up with. A couple of the items are “big deals” and although I had already accomplished them, they were on my unofficial list of things to do.

The biggest sacrifice so far has come by the way of sobriety. I think this can help me with item#2 under “Not Completed”. It’s going to be a tough road.

It’s always a good idea to start off with accomplishments…so here goes…


  1. Run a marathon
  2. Go camping
  3. Learn how to gamble.
  4. Begin writing a cookbook
  5. Tell someone I like, how I feel about them, regardless of the outcome
  6. Begin writing a book.
  7. Watch a movie I’ve never heard of before.
  8. Make someone feel special.
  9. Sleep in until Noon for once
  10. Figure out a system for managing my socks.
  11. Write a song
  12. Surprise an old friend.

To Accomplish

  1. Learn how to properly swim
  2. Get to under 200 lbs.
  3. Change someone’s life for good.
  4. Attempt to grow a plant
  5. Roadtrip through California by myself..visiting friends, breweries, wineries.
  6. Make someone laugh till they cry.
  7. Cook a complete meal for someone other than myself.
  8. Do a real pullup or ten.
  9. Properly cook an artichoke.
  10. Learn to dance
  11. Learn to skate (ice or rollerblade)
  12. Show someone the Grand Canyon
  13. Go to Moab and visit Arches National Park
  14. Brew beer at home.
  15. Buy a new computer (PC)
  16. Use my job skills to help someone outside the workplace.
  17. Ride in a helicopter
  18. Skydive

5 Responses to “Bucket List: 30 Before 30”

  1. 38n121s April 10, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

    Man I like your list. I think mainly I like the idea though but will have to come up with 50 by 50 as I just turned 40 good luck on your list. Thanks for the inspiration. Mike

  2. Wongstar May 6, 2010 at 10:03 am #

    I have a 30 before 30 list too. Sometimes I think I should make them easier…LOL. I have until Nov 25, 2011 though… I want to see Arches!!

    • Dave Nadkarni May 6, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

      Let’s do it! BTW, your sister is the one who inspired this!

  3. Kayla May 27, 2010 at 12:27 pm #

    I like your bucket list. I can help you with a few of these…
    #7 – See Cheap Date Idea #112 or Cheap Date Idea #147.
    #10 – See Cheap Date Idea #103.
    #11 – See Cheap Date Idea #91, but the ice skating will come back in the fall.
    #14 – Stay tuned for an upcoming cheap date idea within the next few days.
    #18 – My b-school friend is an instructor and I can try to get a deal.

    Good luck! Not that you need it ;). Keep in touch!

  4. Kayla May 27, 2010 at 12:40 pm #

    Oops, here’s a working hyperlink for Cheap Date Idea #91.

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