Wonder Boi Writes

10 for my Twenties

I’m not big on personal countdowns or New Years resolutions, but it is the time of year for lists, and I love me a list!  I love to write them and read them and cross things off them. Some times I make lists after the fact just to cross it off.  I love grocery lists and chore lists and top ten lists.  I especially love my bucket list.   I made it about a year ago on http://www.bucketlist.org and I’ve added a lot of things along the way.  I haven’t, however, actually crossed much off of it.

You see, unless you have  terminal illiness (which thank G-d I do not) most of us don’t have  a sense of urgency about kicking the bucket.  I always assume I’ll get to those bucket list items eventually, some time in the next 30, 40, or 50 years, but today I’m too busy, too tired, too poor, or too lazy.  It’s easy to just let your goal take a back seat.

Then last week, I went ahead and crossed something off my list.  Susie and I played craps at a casino, which let me meet my goal of learning how to place three separate bets at a craps table.  It was intimidating, and I lost $30 over all, but mostly it was fun.  We laughed, we learned, my heart beat a little fast, and my wife and I had something new to talk about for a few days.   It felt good to move that item to the “Complete” column of my bucket list.

The whole experience reminded me that I don’t want to wait forever to try the things I’m interested in doing.  I need to keep myself motivated right now.  There are plenty of other good motivators other than death.   For one, I’ll be turning 30 in October.  That’s a milestone right?  A time when people reflect and set new goals.  Instead of dreading it, why not charge toward a new decade in my life by ending my twenties with a year of memory making?  So I went to my bucket list and I picket out 10 goals I think are fun (and still reasonably accomplishable) goals for my ten months, and this is what I came up with:

Try Curling

Ride A Zipline

Go To A Hookah Lounge

Go To A Drive-In Movie

Go A Whole Week Without Using A Car

Fry A Turkey

Sky Dive

Get Down to my ideal BMI (21.5)

Learn How To Tie a Bow Tie

Pay For A Stranger’s Dinner

Over the next ten months, I plan to start tackling these items one by one, and I promise to post about each adventure as I complete it.  However, I don’t want to go this alone.  Adventures are always more fun with friends, so I’d like for you guys to share some of your own goals for the next years, and then promise that you’ll report back here or on your own blogs/websites/facebook too.

Some of your goals may be the same as mine, or they may be completely different, but I’d really love to see you chase them.  Will you join me?


December 28, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. I remember when I turned 30. My best friend since 3rd grade is 6 months older than I, and we both had the same experience. We woke up at 30 feeling empowered, energized, focused, determined. It was amazing, and the antithesis of what our culture tells us (or at least used to tell us) about how we should feel as women at 30. And then . . . our bodies turned on us! Both of us all of a sudden had major health issues that set us back months in terms of diagnosis and recovery. It was humbling, and depressing, and amusing all at once. Bottom line: As I write this on my 37th birthday, I can tell you you’re going about 30 in all the right ways (as you usually do most things). ❤

    Comment by Teresa | December 28, 2011 | Reply

  2. Good luck with your list! I generally don’t make lists for “fun” stuff because then I feel obligated to do them. Here’s a good example with Netflix. I used to subscribe, but I stopped. Why? Because if I got a movie and did not watch it within a few days, a feeling would nag at me that I was not getting my money’s worth. I began to feel obligated. Not my thing. (I am married now, and my wife subscribes.) This doesn’t mean I can’t plan 😉 I am awesome at saving and other things.

    Comment by qkelly | December 28, 2011 | Reply

  3. This is aweseome..but may i saw that for someone who is about to turn 30…You’ve accomplished an amazing amount already!!! I can’t wait to see how this bucket list expands, and items get ticked off.

    My list:

    find a home that i love and rent or buy it!

    Write cards to friends to thank them for being such wonderful friends

    find a partner that makes sense for me, and mate for life!


    walk daily

    read voraciously


    Comment by Emily Cherin | December 28, 2011 | Reply

  4. I sky dive every year on my birthday check

    Zipline Hunter New York

    Finish my book

    Class 5 rapids in West VA

    Continue counting off National Parks in my passport

    Attend as many sesquintenial Civil War events I can in the next four years

    Continue my geneaology research to get the Bakers to Ireland. That would complete 10 gens all sides

    Make at least on person smile each day

    Comment by Mary Lou | December 28, 2011 | Reply

  5. The only item on my list is to regularly tell the people I respect and love just what they mean to me. Several months ago, I found out just how quickly life can change and how very important it is to share my thoughts and feelings with those in my life. I learned that I don’t ever want my family and friends to ever wonder how I feel about them. One never knows how long anyone has on this earth.

    It may not seem like much of a list but it is something that I have to work at every day.


    Comment by Beth | December 28, 2011 | Reply

  6. I guess Normal must not be very “normal” little town if you’ve never been to a Drive-In Movie (although they are getting harder to find) lol!!

    Love your list, Rachel! You rock!

    Comment by Dianne Jones | December 30, 2011 | Reply

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  8. Love this idea. Not sure why you want to fry a turkey, but I say have at it!

    Comment by Jove Belle | September 3, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks Jove, the turkey fry went really well. I did however learn its best to do that with shoes on.

      Comment by rachelspangler | September 3, 2012 | Reply

      • Probably not best to couple it with a trip to a nudist colony either. That’s not on your list, is it?

        Comment by Jove Belle | September 3, 2012

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