40 things to do before I turn 40

 40 Things to do before I turn 40 - Roaming Nanny

In 2016 I turned 30 years old, concluding another decade of life and continuing on to the next adventure. When I was 23 I took a group of students to a leadership conference. While as the conference we all made lists of 30 things we wanted to do before we turned 30. I finished 17 of the 30 things on my list, not as many as I wanted, clearly, but I'm proud of the things I did. A few examples are:

  • Go to 20 different National Parks

  • Run a 5K

  • Do something you didn't think you could do.

  • Ride the tallest roller coaster in the world

  • Catch a fish a Seattle's Pike Place fish market

  • Take a hot air balloon ride

  • Be in a flash mob

  • Log 100 Geo-caches in 10 different states

  • Go to the Smithsonian

  • Get a mug at a local bar

Soon after I turned 30 I sat down and wrote my 40 before 40 list. So here's my list, items that have been completed are in italics and may or may not have a corresponding blog post with link:

  1. Visit all 7 continents

  2. Write letters to the 5 people that have most impacted my life.

  3. Explore the Galapagos Islands

  4. Take a pottery class

  5. Go Skydiving

  6. Take a helicopter ride

  7. Visit all 50 U.S. States

  8. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge

  9. Go to Disneyland

  10. Write a children's book

  11. Learn how to surf

  12. Climb Mount Washington in New Hampshire

  13. See Angkor Wat

  14. Fly a plane

  15. Go camping in Antarctica

  16. Visit a region famous for wine and drink to my hearts content

  17. Try sailing

  18. Climb Mount Fuji

  19. Explore the Sahara Desert

  20. Dye my hair a funky color

  21. Go bungee jumping

  22. See the Northern Lights

  23. Sing at an open mic night

  24. Swim in the Dead Sea

  25. Make my own maple syrup

  26. Hike to Everest Base Camp

  27. Raise my own bees

  28. See the Pyramids at Giza

  29. Ride a gondola in Venice

  30. Spend a night in a castle

  31. Go volcano boarding

  32. Go snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef

  33. Hike on a glacier

  34. Shower in a waterfall

  35. Visit Alcatraz

  36. Go Hunting

  37. Hike the Long Trail

  38. Go dog sledding

  39. Ride a camel

  40. Climb Sydney Harbor Bridge

 Catching a fish a Pike Place in Seattle, 2015

Catching a fish a Pike Place in Seattle, 2015

 Hanging out with tortoises in the Galapagos Islands - September, 2017

Hanging out with tortoises in the Galapagos Islands - September, 2017

 Ride a camel at the Pyramids! - March 2017

Ride a camel at the Pyramids! - March 2017

 Everest Base Camp, Nepal - April, 2018

Everest Base Camp, Nepal - April, 2018

Do you have a 40 before 40 list? What is on your list?