Yesterday should have been my birthday. It was supposed to be. Almost 25 years ago I was expected to make an appearance on September 30, which would have meant sharing my birthday with my older brother. Luckily for both of us (who wants to share a birthday? Honestly - bad planning parentals and don't think I haven't realised it's exactly 9 months from New Years Eve) I dug my little claws into that womb lining and hung on for another week. This is great news, and not only because it means I get a birthday to myself. It's also great because it means I have a full week before I officially hit a quarter of a century and the downward slide into late 20s begins.
I'm not exactly where I would have imagined myself ten years ago. In many ways I'm better off (love the job, friends, boyfriend etc) and I'm generally a lot happier than I was ten years ago. But in other ways there are things I wish I'd done that I haven't. I haven't, for instance, written the awesome novel I assumed I would have churned out before now. I also haven't managed to acquire much in the way of physical assets. Unless you count my ridiculously expensive couch. Which I sort of do. I suppose, like most stupid kids, I assumed I would have a much better idea about how things worked and what I wanted to do with myself by now. Of course I don't and, with the gift of hindsight, it seems pretty fucking stupid to have expected that sort of wisdom by now.
But anyway, the real point of this post is because I'm going to use the next week extremely constructively to create some kind of awesome list of Things to Do Before I'm Thirty. Clearly, having five years up my sleeve, this might sound like a bit of wankery but I actuallly think this sort of thing works. I'm a big fan of lists - I love making them, crossing things off them and revising them when I realise I've been way optimistic, foolhardy or delusional. So, please, all suggestions are welcome. So far I've got Have Novel Published and Service The Car... No Really on the list and that's about it. What do you reckon?