You’ll never know whether you’re ready until you try

The excitement for my Pre-30 TTOL was noticeable and it was fun to see others being curious to the things that would be on it. Although the timeframe is relatively large (2.5+ years) and the amount of things to tick off is not that high, I have decided this list is subject to change. (#surprise) This means, whenever I come across something that is worth trying, I’ll make sure to add it. Curious? Keep reading for the full list! 

As a source of inspiration for the list (because I didn’t want it to be a simple list of random things to tick off) I’ve done some Googling on things elderly people would do differently if they could. One answer was often reoccuring: they wished they’d had the courage to live a life true to themselves, not the life others expected of them. Other results were that they wish they hadn’t worked as hard as they had, therefore missing out on the precious youth of their children. Spending more time with friends and family and being more honest and open about their feelings are also mentioned. These are common things we are aware of nowadays, things that often pass by unnoticed, so it seems things haven’t changed in time… So, let’s work on living now, today, tomorrow and every day that is to come, to make a life to look back on without any regret!

OK, without further ado I present to you: my Pre-30 To Tick-Off List


  • Stop beating about the bush and just speak my mind (or heart)
  • Be honest towards others, also in situations that would be more comfortable with a little white lie
  • Be honest towards myself, even when the truth will be painful
  • Be true to myself and the life I want to live, regardless of what others think
  • Work hard for what I want to achieve when it comes to me personally, my career, my health and my financial status
  • Stop dwelling and start making decisions without considering others first

Development & growth

  • Follow (and complete) a course by the rule: if the idea is worth mentioning to friends, the course is worth following
  • Read (at least) one book a month, limited to books I haven’t read yet and from a subject I never thought of reading (suggestions are welcome)
  • Watch (at least) one movie per week
  • Let go of things (sell, throw away or give away) that have lost its value to me
  • Always aim to give 100% even when I don’t feel like it
  • Say ‘yes’ to things I would initially say ‘no’ to and pull through with it
  • Create a monthly financial spending and savings plan and reach that goal every month
  • Create an annual financial savings plan and reach that goal every year
  • Learn a new language (preferably Spanish or French)
  • Learn how to hypnotize
  • Learn a strategy game (such as chess or checkers)
  • Learn a martial art
  • Improve current salsa dancing skills
  • Improve current bachata dancing skills
  • Take on a new sport

Fun things to do

  • Start a running project to be able to complete a 5K / 10K / 15K / 20K
  • Perform daily stretching exercises (project a.k.a. Get Flex)
  • Take a selfie every morning before I leave the house (trust me – that’s going to be hilarious!)
  • Go horseback riding on the beach
  • Give a heartfelt surprise to someone
  • Perform a kind deed without expecting anything in return
  • Go to Latin Village (festival)
  • Make a difference in someone’s life
  • Walk or dance barefoot in the rain
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Go on a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords
  • Make a roadtrip through Australia
  • Make a roadtrip through a part of (Northern) America I haven’t been to yet
  • Write and publish a book
  • Participate in a group lesson at local gym (i.e. Body Pump or Les Mills)
  • Pack my bags and set off for a random location with no itinerary
  • Get a complete makeover (hairstyle, haircolour, physique and wardrobe)
  • Go on a blind date
  • Go on a meditation retreat
  • Go karaoke singing (has to be done!)

Usually I would feel the need to apologize in case the list is disappointing you, because maybe you’d thought it would be more exciting. I don’t blame you, to others this may seem like an incredibly dull list. As you can see, the list is completely random but I will continue to add things as I go.  Perhaps I’ll meet the daredevil inside of me and I might be jumping out of a plane by the end of next year. Who knows, right?

A lot of the mentioned subjects are not measurable as being completed or achieved but will have to be considered as such based on my feelings of fulfillment. I will never know whether I’m ready until I try but right now I’m ready to explore!

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