My 20-Something Bucket List: 20 Things To Do Before I’m 30

1. Buy my own car. I don’t think my Rav4 will make it to 2019 (yes, that’s when I’ll be 30)… and if it does, I don’t want to be the one driving it. I also think it would probably be good to have a car not in one of my parents’ names (if someone would prefer to buy a car for me, I would take that option too).

She is pumped.

2. Move somewhere new. For me, that means NYC or LA. If I have not lived in either of those places by the time I am 30, I will admit that my parents wasted a couple hundred grand on my education… and that I wasted 4 years studying television production in Ithaca, NY. Unless – of course – I climb the small, small production ladder here in Boston and become super successful without having to make the move (the chance is, umm, small)… OR unless I marry rich (very rich) and can do freelance writing for fun. 20s are the time to move somewhere cool… because in you’re 30s you kind of have to start settling down (sighhhh).

3. Stop drinking red bull and vodka. I say this every morning when I wake up with a vicious hangover due to… red bull and vodka’s… but I continue to drink them anyway because they are just, like, so good. I hope I stop drinking them soon so I don’t drunkenly interpretive dance my way into my 30’s.

4. Pay my own cell phone bill. Of course I’m going to bask in the luxury of Verizon’s “family plan” for as long as I can, but I know one day I’m going to have to pay my own bills. Gross.

5. Go to Disney World. You might think this is cliche, but it’s not because I f*cking love Disney World. While there, you can explore the world by going to every single country (Epcot) and you can pretend/actually feel like you’re a kid again and that you’re not slowly venturing into old age. It really is the happiest place on Earth.

6. Get over my fear of flying… and fly around the world (or maybe just to, like, Europe). I just realized that unless I want the rest of my vacations (because I take so many) to consist of very limited and long road trips, I’m going to have to fly. Bahamas? I have to fly. LA? I probably have to fly. I don’t think I could drive cross country there AND back. Europe? Yeah… I have to fly. It’s not like I’ll be taking any cruises… Especially in Europe. Thank you Titanic 2012 for giving me yet another travel fear.

7. Have someone do a custom design for this website – or learn how to do it myself. I have been saying this since I started this blog last March… so if this isn’t accomplished by the time I am 30, I will be leading a very pathetic life.

8. Write a television show or book based on this blog. Or write for a television show (any television show). Or work with successful producers/writers and learn how to create/write a television show. That is actually more realistic for a 20-something. Basically, I want to do something really creative, become well known, and make millions… before I turn 30.

9. Stop blacking out. I think this should have happened after I graduated college, but it didn’t. No, I don’t black out on a regular basis… but post-30, I don’t think I should black out at all. I don’t want to become Kirsten from The OC, although the place she went to rehab looked pretty awesome.

10. Go to Mardi Gras… or somewhere really cool and different down South. I’ve been west (and I intend to go back soon) and I’ve lived in the Northeast my whole life. I’ve been ‘down South’ before… but only the few times I’ve driven to Disney.. and when I went to Georgia to see an ex (why?)… so I would like to experience the South and maybe even the Midwest. Wait, no, I have no interest in the Midwest… so just like Southern places… like Bon Temps, Louisana (True Blood) and Bluebell, Alabama (Hart of Dixie).

11. Become a pro at fitting the gym into my crazy, constantly changing work schedule. While in school and while in post-grad limbo (aka while job searching and working my first ‘9-5’er), I was able to go to the gym at least 5 days a week. Now, not so much. But one day – before I’m 30 – I will get back in the zone 7 days a week (or 5).

12. Run some sort of race. It doesn’t have to be a marathon – or even a half marathon (believe me – I never even thought I would be able to casually run a mile or more at the gym on the reg). But I have always wanted to run a 5k.. and maybe one day a 10k. This shouldn’t be hard, since only a few months ago I was running 3-4 miles straight a day. But then I hurt my Achilles and started a crazy ass job… SO, I need to get that running swag back asap in order to run this future race before I’m 30.

13. Get a cat. I f*cking love cats. So as long as I’m not single and living by myself, I want a cat. Not that I care what people think of me, but I care what I think of me – and if I’m 30, single, and living alone with a cat, I will probably hate myself.

14. Go to Vegas (again). I went there when I was 20, so I definitely need to experience Vegas sans fake ID… and I need to do so before I turn 30 or before I get married (which ever one comes first).

15. Move into/PURCHASE a nice condo/house with a boy (preferably a boyfriend). I hope to soon get over the fact that one day I’m going to have to share a room with a man and it can’t be pink and pretty with pictures of fancy shoes on the wall… unless the man I’m living with is gay… but that wouldn’t exactly be the accomplishment I’m looking for.

16. Have a kid. No one wants to be an old mom…

17. Get married. This needs to be done in order to not be a single mother. At least not before I’m 30.

18. Lose 20 pounds. I do admit, I am happy with the way I look now after losing 35/40 pounds since Freshman year of college… BUT, if I lost 20 more pounds, that would be hot… and I would be well on my way to becoming a MILF post-pregnancy.

19. Become a MILF post-pregnancy (see above).

20 Buy a Chanel bag. Find a man to buy me a Chanel bag. But seriously…

Samantha Matt

Hi I’m Sam. I made this website in 2011 and it’s still going. My first book, AVERAGE IS THE NEW AWESOME, is coming out in January (you can buy it right now on Amazon or from your fave bookstore!). I like pizza, French fries, barre, spin, more pizza, more French fries, and buying clothes. Writing is fun. Follow me on twitter & Instagram at @samanthamatt1... and on this site's meme account on IG at @20somethingproblems. OKAY GREAT THANKS BYE.

3 Comments
  1. Love this! “Find a man to buy me a Chanel bag.” Hilarious!

    Great list!! I just started a “before I die” bucket list. So many fun things to do in this world I find it is overwhelming. May take some inspiration from you and set up one from now till 30 (currently 22).

    Good luck with your goals!!

    Oh, and don’t be afraid of being an older mother! In NYC, most mothers are well into their thirties. Older moms are hot nowadays. Plus, having a kid too young really f*cks up your 20s. At least I think so, but I’m a cynic when it comes to children so I may be a bit bias. 🙂

    1. Thank you! I saw your bucket list on your blog – loved it! I may do a “before I die” bucket list soon too. There would be much more on it than this one haha. And thanks for confirming that it’s okay to be an old mother. Times are changing! hahah

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