40 things to do before I turn 40

In 2016 I turned 30 years old, concluding another decade of life and continuing on to the next adventure. When I was 23 I took a group of students to a leadership conference. While as the conference we all made lists of 30 things we wanted to do before we turned 30. I finished 17 of the 30 things on my list, not as many as I wanted, clearly, but I’m proud of the things I did. A few examples are:

  • Go to 20 different National Parks
  • Run a 5K
  • Do something you didn’t think you could do.
  • Ride the tallest roller coaster in the world
  • Catch a fish a Seattle’s Pike Place fish market
  • Take a hot air balloon ride
  • Be in a flash mob
  • Log 100 Geo-caches in 10 different states
  • Go to the Smithsonian
  • Get a mug at a local bar
 Catching a fish a Pike Place in Seattle, 2015

Soon after I turned 30 I sat down and wrote my 40 before 40 list. So here’s my list, items that have been completed are in italics and may or may not have a corresponding blog post with link:

  1. Visit all 7 continents
  2. Write letters to the 5 people that have most impacted my life.
  3. Explore the Galapagos Islands
  4. Take a pottery class
  5. Go Skydiving
  6. Take a helicopter ride
  7. Visit all 50 U.S. States
  8. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge
  9. Go to Disneyland
  10. Write a children’s book
  11. Learn how to surf
  12. Climb Mount Washington in New Hampshire
  13. See Angkor Wat
  14. Fly a plane
  15. Go camping in Antarctica
  16. Visit a region famous for wine and drink to my heart’s content
  17. Try sailing
  18. Climb Mount Fuji
  19. Explore the Sahara Desert
  20. Dye my hair a funky color
  21. Go bungee jumping
  22. See the Northern Lights
  23. Sing at an open mic night
  24. Swim in the Dead Sea
  25. Make my own maple syrup
  26. Hike to Everest Base Camp
  27. Raise my own bees
  28. See the Pyramids at Giza
  29. Ride a gondola in Venice
  30. Spend a night in a castle
  31. Go volcano boarding
  32. Go scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef
  33. Hike on a glacier
  34. Shower in a waterfall
  35. Visit Alcatraz
  36. Go Hunting
  37. Hike the Long Trail
  38. Go dog sledding
  39. Ride a camel
  40. Climb Sydney Harbor Bridge
 Hanging out with tortoises in the Galapagos Islands - September, 2017
 Ride a camel at the Pyramids! - March 2017
 Everest Base Camp, Nepal - April, 2018

Do you have a 40 before 40 list? What is on your list?

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Hi Retha, thanks for following me on twitter! It made me look at your blog and I LOVE this post! I recently wrote a 30 before 30 list for my last year of my 20s, and it’s not nearly as epic as this. 😛 Mostly things I’ve procrastinated for way too long (like purge & donate my wardrobe, frame all the art from my travels, etc.).

    I love this 40 before 40 list. I think I’m going to create one on my birthday too. 22 has been on my list for a LONG time. 23 is something I’ve always thought about and I think I finally picked my song if the occasion were ever to present itself. 😀

    Thanks for the inspiration. xo

  2. Hi Retha, thanks for following me on twitter! It made me look at your blog and I LOVE this post! I recently wrote a 30 before 30 list for my last year of my 20s, and it’s not nearly as epic as this. 😛 Mostly things I’ve procrastinated for way too long (like purge & donate my wardrobe, frame all the art from my travels, etc.).

    I love this 40 before 40 list. I think I’m going to create one on my birthday too. 22 has been on my list for a LONG time. 23 is something I’ve always thought about and I think I finally picked my song if the occasion were ever to present itself. 😀

    Thanks for the inspiration. xo

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