“It’s a big birthday”
“It’s all down hill from here”
“You’re just a baby”
“You’re making me feel old!”
But as I’ve celebrated this last weekend with my family and contemplated what the next 30 years might hold, I began to reflect on the first 30. I’ve come a long way and so I’ve put together a Reverse Bucket List – a reflection of the first thirty years that – good, bad and weird – have brought me to this birthday!
I have (in no particular order)…
- Played the flute in a marching band
- Been blessed with a daughter I didn’t have to birth
- Performed a wedding
- Spent a spur of the moment vacation with my mom in the Bahamas
- Climbed to the top of a breathtaking cliff in Hawaii
- Took German in high school to impress a boy
- Ran into a mailbox with a golf cart
- Said goodbye to two grandparents (yes, Memaw was my grandma too!)
- Gotten a tattoo by myself
- Agreed to work with my husband (and we’ve made it almost 2 years!)
- Run a marathon… Two actually!
- Traveled out of the country without my parents before I was 12!
- Learned (mostly self taught) how to edit videos
- Married my husband in my perfect wedding – with my toes in the sand
- Traveled the southeast with an evangelist for a summer
- Seen the Redwood Forest
- Made a friend – even though we didn’t speak the same language. Meet Leonora!
- Visited Washington DC twice
- Become a triathlete
- Seen Rascal Flats from the front row
- Helped choose a mascot for my elementary school – the Rice Creek Dolphins!
- Had many silly string fights on Christmas morning
- Gone to the U.S. Open at Pinehurst
- Given birth to an adorable little mini-me
- Met a human trafficking survivor
- Made my husband carry my over the threshold of our first home that we purchased together – 6 years after we were married
- Jumped on a trampoline in a prom dress
- Worked for a woman who jokingly referred to herself as “The Devil Wears Prada” in my interview… And I survived
- Won concert tickets on the radio before I was old enough to win them
- Taken a stained glass class
Now the next project is to make my bucket list for the next 30 years! 🙂