Phew! Can you believe I’m almost 30?
I know right. Thank you *wink*
I remember meeting one of the Lagos state governorship aspirants in the last gubernatorial election at an event that was organized by his team to galvanize youths for his cause. My friends and I were introduced to him by another friend who had invited us to the gathering. I was lobbying to be on his media team, you know. (This my hustle waka in Lagos ehn, you have no idea… LOL)
Anyway, after the introduction and making my intent known, the man looked from my friend to me, wondering if I wasn’t too young for the job. He must have asked if I was done with school and what I was doing at the time. I can’t recall, but I know something he said led to me telling him I was into acting.
He seemed impressed. “Nice.” He said, “But that would mean teenage or undergraduate roles, right?”
Confused, I looked at my friends then him, and asked, “Why is that, Sir?”
He chuckled and placed his hand on my shoulder, “Are you not 17?”
Seeing my expression, he smiled and said, “Okay, you can’t possibly be more than…” this was him pausing to resize me, “…yes, 19, at most. And you can’t tell me otherwise.” He concluded.
I pursed my lips so I won’t laugh in his face. My friends were also trying their best not to burst into laughter because the truth was, I was older than everyone there, save two. There was no point telling the Governorship hopeful he was abso-freaking-ly wrong. Of course, we had a good laugh about it afterwards.
Yup, I get that all the time. Really, only once have I had someone guess my age right.
And I LOVE IT!
Howbeit, my friends never pass on the opportunity to tease me about my childlike behaviours, baby look and small stature, (Sugar K, Uncle Bolu, Gail, etc.), I am 100% grateful for this ‘blessing.’
Anyway, I digress.
Yes! I look small, act like a child, pout and whine when asking for things, scream like a baby, dance like a toddler,and giggle like a teenage girl in love; there is no denying the fact that I’ve been here for almost three frigging decades.
This is why I thought it would be an excellent idea to make my 30 before 30 bucket list and share with my dearest #Galaxy.
Going by my favourite quote,
“If you know where you are going, you will know what you should be doing.”– Bolaji Gelax
Yes, people, this is my mantra. Having a vision and clear values sets you on a mission, and it fuels your choices. So, here goes my list of 30 things I’m wishing, hoping, praying and working on to accomplish before I hit the big XXX.
1.. To make Forbes 30 under 30 list.
2. To have published my first book.
3. To have become a household name and no longer need an introduction.
4. Feature in at least five blockbuster Nollywood films.
5. Start and finish film school.
6. Produce two short films.
7. Produce a TV series (I’ve had the story for a while now).
8. Resume YouTubing. I miss that a lot.
9. Get a tattoo. Or two.
10. Learn French.
11. Finally kick off 25th Foundation (This is my primary purpose in life)
12. Meet Don Jazzy (I’ve got a couple of questions for that man).
13. To be happily married to the LOML (Can I get an Amen?)
14. To be shtupping on a steady (this is why I need an amen in 13 above).
15. Visit a strip club with my hubby.
16. To have a successfully running podcast with my friends. Hi, Teady! Hi, Brown!
17. Get my dentition perfected. Yo people, we must be prepared for the glitz and glamour that comes with this celebrity lifestyle.
18. Start my business.
19. Visit five new African countries (I look forward to visiting Kenya).
20. Have at least two photoshoots. Can you believe I’ve never had a single photo session in all my almost-30-gorgeous years?
21. To have at least two awards under my belt. Amen!
22. To have two mentees.
23. Own a property.
24. Have a minimum of 7-digit account.
25. Repay all the money I owe my mum with interest.
26. Visit five tourist attractions I’ve never been to in Nigeria. (The Ancient Nok Settlement, Obudu Mountain Resort nee Obudu cattle ranch, etc.)
27. Grow Gelax Chatroom into a big brand (and, maybe have a franchise)
28. Skydive or bungee jump.
29. Observe 30 random acts of kindness.
30. Get a pet.
As I compiled this list with a pencil in my notepad, I kept asking myself, “Bee, hope you know 30 is almost here?” I would go over the list and ask again if I was sure about a particular item. The answer is yes, I am! I want so much more, but I’ve decided to push them to my 35th birthday; like adopting a child, for instance.
But the heck, why should I let my list of goals scare me when the 24th President of Liberia has this to say to me and you:
“The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.”– Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
By the way, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the first elected female president in Africa. She held the position for 12 years (2006 – 2018). She also won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.
Tell me again, who am I not to aim for these things?
So dearest, would you like to share what’s on your list with me in the comment section?
It doesn’t have to be a 30 before 30 list, it could be a random bucket list or something on my list you would like to have/experience.