41 Things To Do Before Turning 41

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Checked off #16 just this month!

I had a serious post ready to go today, but since it’s my birthday, I decided to do something a little more fun. I honestly have a hard time saying that I’m 41 years old today. It sounds so old, but I feel awesome and I’m more excited about the future than ever. That doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to revisit the past. I came up with 41 things I think people should do before age 41.

  1. See the Grand Canyon
  2. Have a snowball fight
  3. Max out an IRA
  4. Go to Europe or the US if you already live in Europe
  5. Compete in an organized run or triathlon
  6. Foster a dog or cat
  7. Watch the sun set over the Rocky Mountains
  8. Order a meal in a foreign language
  9. Give a sandwich to a homeless person
  10. Eat cake for dinner
  11. Pay off credit card balances forever
  12. Make homemade soup
  13. Binge watch a whole series on Netflix
  14. Go down an alpine slide
  15. See tropical fish in their natural habitat
  16. Go ice skating
  17. Earn more per year in interest and dividends than contributions
    # Old Faithful
    # 22 Old Faithful
  18. Ride your bike to work
  19. Anonymously buy someone’s lunch
  20. Read a book to a child that you loved when you were little
  21. Have a tropical drink on a beach before noon
  22. Watch Old Faithful erupt
  23. Eat a vegetable that you grew yourself
  24. Watch a show on Broadway
  25. Work on a political campaign
  26. See a live volcano
  27. Ask an elderly person about their past
  28. Skip in public
  29. Go to a church service for a religion you have no knowledge of
  30. Watch a collegiate sports event at a school with a big time sports program
  31. Read a book so good that finishing it makes you mildly depressed
  32. See fire flies in action
  33. Make s’mores over an open fire
  34. Know you’ll never wear uncomfortable shoes again
  35. See giant redwood trees
  36. Travel by train
  37. Quit a crappy job
  38. Do something that requires a helmet
  39. Hike to the top of a waterfall
  40. Make money from a side hustle others think is insane
  41. Drink sweet tea in the South
Multnomah Falls #39
Multnomah Falls #39

Yes, I have done all of those things and I highly recommend every one. What are some things you think people should do before their next birthday?

 

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Sydney White is a Texas-born stay at home mom who enjoys spending time with her family, bargain hunting and, of course, writing. She is currently the editor-in-chief of Snipon.com.

17 Comments

  1. Happy Birthday, Kim! I’m closing in on the big 5-0, so you are still a younin’. 🙂 I’ve done quite a few things you listed, although I’m not sure about the sweet tea. I liked iced tea but sweet tea is so, you know, sweet! LOL! I like #34 too. Being 6′ feet tall I wear a lot of flats so I rarely ever complain about uncomfortable shoes!

  2. Thank you for this! Being well over 30 myself I kind of sigh when I see those “30 before 30” lists 🙂 I’ve done the majority of these, glancing through the list, but I’ll have to consider what I can do about the rest in the next five years…. Happy birthday!

  3. Happy Birthday Kim! I like the “ask an elderly person about their past” one. I think not only is it interesting to hear the history of the story, but I really think it does brighten their day that someone is interested in their life. One of my big goals is to complete a documentary. Not sure if it will happen by 4 cough 5, but I want to make that happen in my lifetime.

  4. Great list Kim and happy birthday! I hit my 41 last Wednesday. On one hand I don’t like getting older…of course, but I feel the best I have ever have in my life and excited about the future so I’ll take it. 🙂 Having lived in California for the first 25 years of her life, Nicole has never seen the Redwoods and I really want to as well so that’s definitely a trip we’re planning on once the kids get a little older.

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