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The “Downward Spiral” to 30

By Lara Howsam I am twenty-six and I feel that I am on the “downward spiral” to thirty. My twenties…

By Lara Howsam , in Almost 30 and Counting: How to seize the day , on March 17, 2010 Tags: , , ,

By Lara Howsam

I am twenty-six and I feel that I am on the “downward spiral” to thirty.

My twenties may not have been what I expected them to be, but they have been a scary, challenging and fun ride – and now here I am four years away from leaving them and I am not sure that I am ready!

I can not help but think about the things I want to do before I leave my twenties behind me.

Here are a few things off my list that I have yet to accomplish:

  • Visit every continent
  • Be someone’s boss
  • Attend a big movie premiere
  • Learn how to dance (Jive, Tango, Salsa)
  • Finish my masters degree
  • Get a “real job” in journalism
  • Write a published work for a major publication
  • Travel by myself
  • Go on an orca whale watching boat
  • Learn to drive standard
  • Go on a great road trip and just drive without really knowing where I am going

There is a new show on MTV that takes a look at the concept of seizing the day, The Buried Life

Four typical “frat boys” drive across the USA on a bus attempting to complete items off their list of things they want to do before they die.

Some things that they have accomplished include: attending a party at the Playboy Mansion, competing in a Krump competition, helping to deliver a baby and making a toast at a strangers wedding.

This makes great TV.

These boys are goofy and the show is centered on twenty-something male ideals – but I like the show because it inspires the viewer to think about things he or she may want to do.

Although these four boys do not specify that they have to have their list done before they turn thirty, the point is they are in their twenties and they are setting out to cross items off their list now – well and make a popular MTV show.

It seems that a lot of people have the idea of accomplishing a few things before turning 30.

This list has 150 things to accomplish before you turn thirty. One thing from this list that I liked that I may add to mine is #1 — buy everyone in the bar a drink . I just think that would feel so great – but, I am going to have to wait until I am no longer a student and can actually afford to do that without having to forgo food for a month!

This list contains a few items that are a bit out of the ordinary, like #38 – Lick the terminals of a 9 volt battery.

But I am not here to judge – I want to look at how other people plan to seize the day before turning 30.


  • Lara,
    Go for it and more.
    Hope we can be in the bar when you buy everyone a drink ,Ha!
    love Nana and Grandpa.

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