The 30×30 List

I wrote this list about a month ago where it festered in the back of my diary until the other day when, after umming and aahing about whether to set up the blog (would I keep it going? would it be weird writing about myself on the actual internet?), I had dinner with a no-nonsense friend (who writes a blog herself) who basically told me to get on with it.

Here is the slightly amended list.

  1. Listen to 30 classic albums I’ve never heard or properly listened to before
  2. Cook or taste 30 new things
  3. Get a short story published
  4. Do my 21st birthday photography course & take a photo every day
  5. Cut my hair short
  6. Go to 30 gigs/nights
  7. DJ somewhere cool & learn to actually mix
  8. Run 5k
  9. Make a film
  10. Go to the cinema alone
  11. Do a radio show
  12. Make a song
  13. Learn to drive
  14. Sing in public
  15. Dance on a carnival float
  16. Be in a play
  17. Go out for dinner alone
  18. Host a cocktail party
  19. Write an article in a newspaper
  20. Volunteer with young people
  21. Go to the Balkans
  22. Go to a film premiere
  23. Do 30 good turns in a day
  24. Not wear jeans for 30 days
  25. Night vigil by myself round a camp fire
  26. Make 30 pieces of art/craft
  27. See 30 classic films
  28. Set up a subscription to a charity
  29. Start a blog
  30. Drink a white Russian at the top of the Shard

Wish me luck!

Getting Perspective: An Experiment In Doing More Things

Hi. I’m new here.

Before the internet we just did things. Now we do them whilst blogging about doing them. It seems you don’t exist unless you have a presence on the internet so here is my fingerprint.

This blog was originally going to be a bucket list type thing. A few months ago the Evening Standard published this list of things to do before you’re 30. Everyone loves a list (including me). This one was ostensibly based around Beyonce announcing her pregnancy, but was really an excuse to publish a list of materialistic and contradictory cultural norms.

They advised readers to ‘build your brand’ by having 1,000 twitter followers, closely followed by the suggestion to drop out by becoming a yoga teacher. Or how about ‘dump the debt’ whilst also becoming the owner of a designer handbag? Yes, really.

It’s not that there’s anything wrong with aspiring towards those goals – before or after 30. But they are not the only things out there to do. And certainly not the most spiritually fulfilling (apart from maybe yoga). There are also plenty of other (more ambitious) 30 before 30 blogs like Celine’s 30 Before 30 Project and Stacking Pennies… but I decided to write my own anyway.

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