I often scoff at older people when they get the glassy-look in their eyes whilst recalling their 20s. I wondered how other people enjoyed their twenties, while I simply endure it. So eventually, I decided perhaps the problem was with me, and the onus was on my mindset to ensure that I enjoy the last 5 years of my twenties. So, being the list maker that I am, I have come up with a list of woolrich Arctic Anorak things I should do before I turn 30.
A note to the 30 somethings: I am very misguided, since I am only 25 so if you have some better ideas on how to enjoy my 20s be sure to guide me to the correct path.
- Make mistakes so I can be smug in my 30s when I’m “wiser”.
I’m not sure what these mistakes might entail, but I surmise that being wrong will make me feel better about being barely right later.
- Probably start donating to my 401k.
I feel like maybe now would be a good time to start planning for my future. Saving is saving. Or whatever. Eat ramen today so I can filet mignon in the future.
- Decide what “Enjoying my 20s” means.
This is the hardest because my definition of “enjoying” seems to not be the mainstream definition for people my age. I enjoy doing nothing. Just sitting in bed and watching TV and not really doing productive things, to counteract the 40 hours of productivity I am forced to contribute for income purposes. But most people my age like “going out” and “having fun”. But, considering I hope to have my 30s to be my child bearing and rearing years, I may never get to nap or sleep in my 30s. So maybe napping and sleeping is “enjoying my 20s”. This is what I have to decide. Preferably sooner than later.
- Find a workout activity I don’t hate.
As nature takes its course and my metabolism evaporates, I should probably find some form of physical activity I don’t despise that I can do multiple times a week. Fingers crossed on that one.
- Learn something once a year to keep my mind “fresh”.
Right now I’m learning wine. But I also have languages and other arts I would like to learn. The hope is to continue to learn things to become a greater, more well-rounded being. In January, I’m actually taking a free course from Yale about Greek architecture from a website called Coursera. (This is no endorsement, I’m just really excited.)