40 things to do before you’re 40

Hitting 30 in a national lockdown really puts things in perspective!

When you hit, 31, 32 I thought, dam I’m getting old! Not being able to do a number of things on my 30 list, because of Covid made me re-evaluation myself.

Now that my years are disappearing before my eyes, it’s time to do things that I’ve always wanted to do, things that should try and things that I have never done before, it’s now or never!

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Some of my fondest memories are from my university days. Now it’s not just the drinking and partying, but I would fully recommend a good onesie pub crawl! It was also the things I did outside of university like the channel swim and charity work.

Naturally, post-uni life has slowed down and it is easy to fall back into your comfort zone but if you are also hitting a milestone, or looking to create your own bucket list, hopefully this will give you a head start!

Let me know what you think in the comments section!

1. Take a cross country road trip 

(Head banging is optional)

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2. Visit a Casino 

(gamble responsibly, these lists aren’t cheap)

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3. Learn photography

(take a photography course)

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4. Swim Lake Windermere – booked!

(A sporting challenge)

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5. Go on the world’s fastest zip wire


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6. Follow through on an idea

(see it trough to the end)

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7. Learn to code

(complete a coding course)

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8. Become a home owner  – Done!

(Bye money, it was nice while it lasted)

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9. Give blood!

(hate, hate, hate n-n-needles.)

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10. Do an triathlon

(guess I have to try that running business!)

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11. Invest

(Make an investment)

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12. Paint a “piece of art”

(beauty is in the eye of the beholder!)

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13. Clay pigeon shooting

(clay discs may be harmed in this process)

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14. Meditate

(meditate once a week for one month)

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15. Meet a weight goal – Done!

(loose the pounds while lifting them)

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16. Visit the Eden Project

(be one with nature)

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17. Play some golf


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18. Create a family tree

(the horrors that await me)

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19. Swim a marathon event

(marathon swimming, but in the masses)

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20. Learn to sail

(take a sailing lesson)

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21. Go to an open door cinema

(grab some popcorn)

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22. Become Robin Hood 

(do some archery)

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23. Do a live stream

(hello world)

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24. Take a photo of a sunrise and a sunset!

(its going to be an long day!)

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25. Treat yourself 

(treat yourself to something you’re always wanted)

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26. Read a good book

(being dyslexic that’s always risky!)

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27. Pay for a training programme

(seek professional help)

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28. Pick up an old hobby 

(picking up where things left off)

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29. Build an app

(but don’t expect good results)

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30. Learn to kayak

(take a kayaking course)

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31. create my own food passion books (two)!

(that’s going to be alot of try and error!)

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32. Become a BBQ/pizza master

(head chief incoming)

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33. Get married

(Don’t piss off Emily)

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34. see Northern Lights

(trip incoming)

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35. Successful Allotment year

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36.  Became a man of Business! The American way, the British way

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37.Start a Family – ahh!

(Does Lance count?)

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38. Mentor Someone

(lord help them)

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39. Try Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

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40. Learn How to Pilot a Drone

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Thank you very much for reading, I will be updating you all as I go and I hope this may have inspired you too! Here is one last GIF for luck:

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