35 before 35
Ah… a bucket list! Why are they so addictive? I don’t know. But sometimes I find myself doodling this kind of things on a notebook. This is my bucket list until I’m 35.
I used to have a list of things to do before turning 30. Then I turned 30. Then 31. Some of them got delayed and others just don’t make sense anymore. But I mean I feel so young. And full of potential.
I believe writing a bucket list is an act of optimism.
Here is my bucket list until I’m 35:
- Finding the right red lipstick for my skin tone and hair colour. This is one of those that has been postponed many times. In theory, I love a red lip. In real life, mehhh. I’ll get there.
- Save money every month to pay back our mortgage.
- Go to Greece, specially to some Greek islands.
- Learn how to play Christmas songs on the piano. Or other songs. Basically, practice the piano, so it looks like I can play something.
- Create a workout routine that works with my lifestyle. Nothing too demanding or sophisticated.
- Visit the Douro region and the Gerês National Park in Portugal.
- Do some volunteer work.
- Take a course, even if it’s online. Anything goes: literature, art history, writing, photography.
- Learn how to cook more and better. Including oven dishes and creative ways to cook vegetables. That is, that take away most of that vegetable taste.
- Investigate options for whitening my teeth.
- Cutting down my wardrobe to things I actually like and use. I’m at that stage where it feels like I have too much stuff and nothing to wear.
- Learning how to use my DSLR camera. To get out of the auto mode.
- Write a short ebook, just for the challenge of it.
- Start doing Pilates again. My posture has never been better than when I took some private classes, some years ago.
- (Re)learn how to ride a bike. They say you never forget, but I’m afraid I did. And I want to be able to ride bikes with my kids.
- Have a bottle of champagne in the fridge to commemorate successes.
- Read more books by Portuguese authors. I’ve been reading in English a lot. Sometimes I’m embarrassed by how little I know about my native tongue’s writers.
- Make family photo albums regularly.
- Write my Grandfather’s story, including interviews with my Grandmother. Half biography, half family story.
- Do something that brings joy every day.
- Create a book club (or join one).
- Read the Bible.
- Decide what I’ll do about my white hairs. They have been popping up a lot recently.
- Take a photograph with the statue of Fernando Pessoa in Chiado (Lisbon).
- Stand up paddle. I said I would and I didn’t.
- Create a book or a file with my go-to recipes. To make it easier to get them, buy the stuff and use.
- Plant a tree. Or at least grow some herbs.
- Turn our home office into an office. Right now, it’s a multi-purpose space, meaning it works for almost anything except working.
- Create a date night. Or afternoon.
- Read books from my reading bucket list (more on this later).
- Learn 100 new words in Portuguese. Yes, it’s my native tongue, but I feel like my vocabulary is too limited. This works out to around 25 words per year, 2 per month.. Too ambitious?
- Pray more.
- Plan the week’s family meals (including snacks) on the weekend. At least most of them.
- Go to Iceland or Saint Petersburg. Or Namibia. Very different destinations, but they have a reasonable flight duration. They would work as less than 10-day trips. This is critical as, with the kids, we won’t be having 3-week trips in the near future.
- Keep the blog, write regularly and improve every year.
This is my bucket list until I’m 35 years old. I’ll find it funny to compare with what really happens 5 years from now.
What about you?