I just wrote a post about how I actually feel turning 35 (there’s a little hint of it at the end), and I don’t want to post it because it’s so negative, so here are some photos of what I’ve accomplished so far in my 30s. Hopefully, this will make me feel better.
I ran a marathon. Just the one though.
I moved out of my parents’ house, again, and into Chicago proper. That’s, uh, not my view. In case there was any confusion. That’s the view from the Planetarium.
I left the company I worked at for almost 7 years and started at a new company, doing basically the same job (digital content publishing). After 3 years, I switched to a different job (analytics) on the same team at the same company. EXCITING.
I dealt with runners knee and didn’t run all that much for a couple years. But then I started running again and I’ve gotten back up to 10 miles.
I taught burlesque to some ladies.
I created my own burlesque acts – including costumes and choreography – and performed them in front of an audience. And then decided I was tired of doing that and took a break although maybe I’m “retired.”
I arm wrestled other women for charity.
I completed a Spartan Race.
So that’s all fun. But one thing I’m struggling with right now is my legacy. What am I doing with my life? How am I leaving the world better than I found it? I’m coming up short on that front, and it’s really bothering me. I no longer work for a non-profit that literally saves lives (a hospital system). Even though I never actually saved any lives, I was still part of something that made a difference. I do some volunteer work, but not enough to feel like I’m making an impact. I’m pretty certain I’ll never have children (by choice), so I can’t fall back on motherhood as my legacy. So, what am I doing? I have ideas, it’s on me to find the time and motivation to do something with them. So, I guess I have my goal for the second half of my 30s.
In the meantime, what bucket listy stuff should I do before 40?