Today – July 6th – I turn 29 years old, my last year in my twenties! I decided to create a bucket list that I plan to complete within the next year – before I turn the big 3 0. Some items on the list are simple and some are much more challenging (and terrifying) to complete. However, I’m definitely not one to back down from a challenge.

30 Before I'm 30 BUCKET LIST

I have always said I would go skydiving before I turned 30. I might even save it for last and go skydiving ON my 30th birthday. The first thing completed on my list will be traveling to another country! We’re leaving on a cruise to the caribbean in 3 days! I plan to take some underwater photos and maybe even go surfing or scuba diving while we’re there.

in the end we only regret the chances we didn't take

My dad died a few months ago and it made me realize how short life really is. If I live as long as my dad, my life could already be half over. Now that I’m older and in a good place in my life, I want to live life to the fullest.

Hope when you take that jump, you don’t fear the fall
Hope when the water rises, you built a wall
Hope when the crowd screams out, they’re screaming your name
Hope if everybody runs, you choose to stay

Hope when the moment comes, you’ll say…
I did it all

I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places, the things that I did
With every broken bone, I swear I lived

OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder wrote that song for his four-year-old son. He said for every day that you’re on this earth, for every minute that you have, the whole idea is doing nothing less than exactly what you feel you’re supposed to do and squeezing every last drop out of life every day, regardless of the difficulties or trials that you face.