Days #69 – 71: The final days of #30DaysTo30 involved a whole lot of thinking about what I want the next 30 years to look like. My excitement with the start of this new decade is overwhelming sometimes. I know that I’ve talked a lot about how much more confident and mature the last decade has made me, and I know that you’re probably tired of listening to me talk about how incredible my first 30 years were. But there is something about this new decade that makes me feel really good about life. For some reason, I feel that things are just getting started and I finally have way more reasons to enjoy life and give more to the world. As one of my favourite poets, Renato Russo, says “when Saturn returned, I decided to live.” So here are the next 30 big things that I’ll be focusing on in the next 30 years:
# 1 Write a book
I know that everybody is writing a book these days, however, considering that in the past semester I wrote over 30,000 words just in research, I think I can come up with something interesting and sellable in the next three decades. If I come up with an interesting subject and keep the 250 word per day writing pace, I will probably have written 15 books before I turn 60. However, since the goal is to write a book, I think I have enough time to work on it!
Do you have a suggestion for an interesting topic?
One great thing about grad school is that you get to interact with great professors and learn more about your own teaching style. Thanks to my amazing supervisor Laurie Petrou, I had the opportunity to lecture to two different groups this year and I loved it! After 30 years of insane admiration for pop culture and technology, I know that I have lots to teach and learn from someone who is planning on starting a career in communications.
It goes without saying, but I love assisting my colleagues, friends and younger professionals in reaching their goals. Mentoring will be definitely continue to be a part of my professional and personal life in the coming years. It will also be my way to give back to the community after being mentored by so many inspiring Canadians in the past five years.
#4 Give back to my community
I don’t know how or when, but I want to help Toronto grow and become a better place to live at some point. Thoughts?
# 5 Live in Paris
Since Mr. Ames and I watched Midnight in Paris, we’ve been talking about how much we’d like to live in the city of lights. We have 30 years to figure that out, but it’s going to happen at some point!
#6 Climb Mt. Everest
(I mean, get to the base camp with Mr. Ames)
Yes, that’s a big surprise even for me, but Mr. Ames told me that he really wants to trek to the base camp of Mt. Everest someday. Since he moved all the way from Vancouver to Toronto to support me, I’ll be there with him in return!
#7 Visit the Amazon
I can’t go to Mt. Everest and miss out on my home country’s most important treasure. One day, it will happen!
#8 Volunteer Abroad
Build something to help someone who will make something big in the future without expecting any return on my investment. That in itself is already a big goal!
#9 Travel across Canada
Another family ambition: Rent a car, load it up with some clothes and the dog and drive across Canada without an arrival date, stopping at every single little town that looks interesting and taking all the pictures that we need!
#10 Learn to sail
I’ve never been in a sail boat. I have no idea of how to tie a knot…
#11 Sail around the world
After completion of #10!
#12 Speak about my ideas and experience
I will be speaking more about my research, ideas and experience in the coming decades. Netculture, Primetime in Ottawa and PodCamp Toronto were just the beginning of this journey.
#13 Enjoy cooking
#14 Learn to cook
It’s a shame! I’m a 30-year-old woman who hates cooking and could burn water if left unattended. I hope I am able to deal with that issue in the coming decades, but I don’t have a lot of hope that it will actually work out for me!
#15 Be Healthy
I’ve spend the last 30 years fuelling my body with sugar and carbs, in addition to living a fairly sedentary lifestyle. Since I don’t want to die young nor develop cancer, the plan for the next 30 years is to work out and live a healthy life.
#16 Be patient
and keep a healthy pace while achieving my goals…
#18 Spend more time with family and friends
Now that we live far away from most of our family and friends, it needs to be a priority in our lives. It’s doable and rewarding though…
#19 Travel to Africa
#20 Live in Asia
Japan and China are the top choices, but I’d be open to live in other countries though. I am mostly looking to learn more from a culture that is completely different from what I know.
#21 Knit a sweater
It’s sounds silly after listing 20 grand things up to now, however, I’ve never dedicated myself to a kniting project that would take more than 10 hours to complete. A sweater is a big challenge and will become a major milestone if I ever finish one!
#22 Travel with my mom
Mama Heringer often comes to Canada to visit, but we never had time to go on a mother-daughter trip. I definitely want to take her somewhere in the next few years…
#23 Learn to code
I mean really coding, not the simple HTML language that I know and often use to fix things. I mean coding, coding!
#24 Speak French again
It’s lost in my brain somewhere… I just need to reconnect the neurons!
#25 Keep blogging, tweeting, being social
I know I’ll never be one of those grannys that have no idea of what social media means. I am sure I’ll be one of those old ladies who hacks their grandchildren’s social media accounts to check if they’re bullying anyone, being bullied or behaving like little brats online.
#26 Know more about wine and cheeses
Mr. Ames needs a break from ordering my wine and figuring out what I like. A culinary trip throughout France is definitely the best way to learn more about my own taste!
#27 Run a marathon
Since Mr. Ames has been calling me cougar in training, I think that I should start training for a marathon and learn to enjoy running.
#28 Learn to swim
I am not the only immigrant that will drown if the ocean takes over the world’s major cities, but I want to learn to swim and will do it in the coming decades.
#29 Be happy
#30 Start something big!
I know that life will surprise me in the coming years, so I am leaving this one open for the next really big thing that will happen before I turn 60!