Like many 20-somethings, I have a “30 Before 30” list. It’s a list of 30 things I want to accomplish before age 30, a smaller chunk of a larger Bucket List.
Growing up I had a lot of preconceived ideas of things I thought I wanted to accomplish, or thought I should accomplish, before age 30. They included things like…
- marry before age 30
- start my own company before age 30
- make a million dollars before age 30
Some of these things I accomplished. Some of these things I’m well on my way to accomplishing. And some of these things I wonder what was I thinking!
When I looked at the list of all 30 items I realized many revolved around materialistic wants or simply appeased socially accepted/expected norms. Another thing I realized about the list is that none of the items I was checking off made me feel ridiculously happy.
Ever since I was a kid I’ve been an adrenaline junkie! You name it, I’ve done it. Or it’s on my To-Do list. It seems if I’m not risking life and limb, I’m not happy. I need that rush. I live for that rush! And in that moment not only do I feel ridiculously happy, but I feel full. I feel re-energized. I feel alive. It’s a similar sensation to falling in love.
So if I am to choose just one thing I want to do before age 30 it’s to do something that fills me up, the way falling in love does. Something that is both scary and exhilarating at the same time. Powerful and overwhelming. Something you want more and more of. Aside from falling in love, B.A.S.E jumping feels like the next best thing in filling me up.
B.A.S.E jumping is the most deadly of extreme sports on the planet. Chance of death is just 1-in-1000. I don’t want to B.A.S.E jump because I want to die. I want to B.A.S.E jump because I want to know what it feels like to be alive.
Your 20s are about living life to the fullest and I plan on feeling full.