I'm now in the first part of a 6-month countdown to the big 3-0. I've decided to write a book about these last months of my 20s, specifically about my attempts to do everything I 'should' while I'm still considered truly youthful (and can still somewhat get away with stupidity) as well as preparing myself for the adult world.
But I need help. Give me homework! What do you hope to do (or wish you had done) before you turn 30? What do you think 20-somethings should master/accomplish before their 30's? Challenge me! I'll be trying my best to do as many things as possible, even if I have to scale them down a bit.
So far, I've received suggestions that I need to attend a frat party, go streaking, get a degree in engineering, fall in love (this one I've done before, so I won't feel pressured to find someone in the next few months), learn Chinese, get a "real" job, backpack through Europe, and learn to budget my finances.
Obviously, I can't learn Chinese fluently or receive a 4-yr degree within the next 6 months, but I could learn enough to speak to a vendor in Chinatown, or read "Engineering for Dummies" or something and try to bluff my way through a meeting of the engineering club at my university.
Any additional suggestions? If I try yours, I'll let you know whether or not I was successful and how (if necessary) I adjusted the goal to fit my timeline and financial ability.