It’s totally normal if you're a little panicked about turning the big 3-0. I kind of felt that way when I turned 29. If you want to feel better about getting older, all you have to do is make yourself feel fabulous about the place you're at. Just check things off your bucketlist and 30 won't be so daunting after all. We've rounded up a bucketlist of 10 things to get you started:
1. Face Your Phobias
Facing a fear and conquering it is the best feeling in the world. If you're afraid of heights like me, then theis is what you've got to do:
Skydiving is a bit nuts -- who would want to jump off a plane and just free fall? Word around town is that it's the best feeling in the world. Meditation is what someone once described it as. And if you can jump off a plane, then there's no reason why you need to be afraid of anything else. Sign up to jump off a plane at 13,000 feet over The Palm Jumeirah and turn 30 with a bang.
A tandem jump (with and instructor) costs Dhs1, 999 including the video, www.skydivedubai.ae
If you're not a fan of actually jumping off a plane, then Zip Lining is another great way to face your fear of heights. Ras Al Khaimah has launched the region's highest and longest zip line. It's 470 metres long and runs along the side of Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the UAE. Sign up now!
The Via Ferrata starts at Dhs400, www.jebaljais.ae
2. Move Abroad For A While
There is no experience quite living in another country. Starting from scratch with no friends or support system is scary, but it's also completely liberating. Daring to take the leap into the unknown and flourishing will give you the kind of self-confidence you've always dreamed of. Once you get out into the world and live among different cultures, you realise that we have more similarities than we do differences. We may do things differently, but we all have the same hopes and dreams. Living and working in another country makes you realise that you can succeed anywhere in life and that the world really is your oyster. Choose a destination, book that ticket and go, if not forever, then at least 6 months!
3. Quit The Day Job You Hate
If you don’t love your job, leave. A lot of people end up making big career changes in their 20s as they finally discover what they want to do. Your 20s are for making mistakes; it's almost expected. But when you enter your 30s, it's time to really evaluate what you love and where you see yourself. If what you're doing right now is not where you see yourself headed, then quit. Prolonging it will only take you further away from where you want to be.
Being a little self-involved in your 20s is common. But When you're young, it’s easy to focus solely on yourself. But if you think about it, taking some time to improve someone else’s life, even with a little gesture can help to ground you when you find yourself getting to caught up in this materialistic world.
If you want to give back to the community, join www.volunteers.ae
5. Learn a second language
There are so many benefits to learning another language. Discovering new cultures, forming deep connections with people from other countries, and boosting your job and living abroad prospects are just a few. Let’s be real, how many times have we desperately tried to recall our secondary school French or a greeting in Spanish? It’s never too late to start learning a new one!
6. Read at least one book every week
Start reading one book every week. Make time, there's always time. Reading in not only a hobby but is an amazing habit! I could bore you with the list of benefits of reading, but I won’t, I promise. Set yourself a reading goal and accomplish it each years, plus you know, you are learning things. Most of the people that I know, are trying to discover who they really are while approaching their 30s, reading is a good way to learn better about you. We all need to escape from the pressing concerns of reality once in a while.
7. Attend a weekend music festival
Spending days away from responsibility, relaxing, and listening to good music? Why wouldn’t this be a thing to do before you turn 30?
Music festivals and carnivals are amazing, mind-expanding experiences. There are so many these days, Coachella, Burning Man, Samba Carnivals… Still remember the week that I needed to recover from one of those “wild” weekend.
You can make it one on your own, maybe for your 30th birthday, why not to have a Coachella theme party?
8. Dine Alone at a Michelin starred restaurant
Even if our friend’s has somehow taught us that there must be something wrong with people who dine out alone, it can also teach you to be comfortable with yourself. I do enjoying “bringing” myself out sometimes, so I ll suggest you to do the same and why not dine alone at a Michelin starred restaurant and pay the bill yourself. Why? Because you can of course! Because it’s your money and our twenties are all about new experiences and learning the value of things, and why not having an amazing experience then.
9. Start looking after your body
You only get one body in this life, so you better look after it! Schedule time for yourself.
Work that body out! How is your nearly 30 year old body going to make it further if you are on the couch most night?
Move, run, walk, stretch, work out, a quick five or ten minute meditation each morning will help balance your mind, and remind yourself that you are fabulous.
Your body and mind are your most valuable assets.
Remember to give yourself a tune up every day by doing some activities, get to your 30s full of energy!
10. Write a letter for your future self
Maybe thinking about your 40s is to early right now, but is never too late to have new goals, to motivate yourself to be better. There is nothing more precious than seeing oneself succeeding in goals set by our own selves. Think of it as an exercise in self-love.
What would you say? What kind of person would you be? What goals you want to have achieved?
Grab your pen and paper now and start writing your letter to your future self!