Do These Things Before You Turn 50

Kirsten Curtis |

A new survey revealed all the things people wish they had accomplished before the milestone

Even if age ain’t nothing but a number, we all have expectations for who and where and what we want to be by the time we’ve logged a certain number of years on this planet. For example, the age of 50 is one that stands out as a particular milestone for many. What do you think you’ll have done by then? Or, if you’re already 50, what did you do? Thanks to a recent study, we now have an idea of all the things you should try and accomplish before you turn that age, ranging from worldly pursuits to simple pleasures.

2,000 British citizens over the age of 50 were surveyed by researchers in a study commissioned by the insurance company Sun Life. They talked about all the things they thought one should have accomplished by the age of 50, as well as the things they hadn’t yet done themselves. Of those surveyed, 39 percent also said that they felt that their life had really only begun when they turned 50 years old. 50 is, apparently, the new 30.

So, without further ado, here is the list, courtesy of The Daily Mail:

1. Buy a house

2. Have kids

3. Get married

4. Fall in love

5. Eat fish and chips on the pier

6. Donate blood

7. Read 100 books

8. See your favourite band live

9. Learn a language

10. Attend a music festival

11. Own a dog

12. Learn to say no to your mother

13. Stay out all night partying

14. See the Northern Lights

15. Visit Stonehenge

16. Go skydiving

17. Travel somewhere alone

18. Sleep underneath the stars

19. Watch a meteor shower

20. Dance in the rain

21. Become an expert at something

22. Quit a job

23. See a volcano

24. Visit all seven continents

25. Throw a coin in the Trevi fountain

26. Take a helicopter ride

27. Have sex on a beach

28. Swim with dolphins

29. Go skinny dipping

30. Ride a gondola in Venice

31. Make a snow angel

32. Take part in a protest

33. Own your own business

34. Go in a hot air balloon

35. Ride an elephant

36. Climb a mountain (Kilimanjaro is first prize but Table Mountain will do)

37. Jump into a pool fully clothed

38. Backpack across Europe

39. Perfect a signature dish

40. Drink beer at Oktoberfest

41. Run a marathon

42. Get a tattoo

43. Ride a Vespa

44. Watch a stand-up comedy (Preferably at the National Arts Festival)

45. Write a novel

46. Write a journal

47. Spend a month technology free

48. Try drugs

49. Have a threesome

50. Go to an airport and pick a random flight

How many of these have you completed? Remember, it’s never too late to get started on your list. And, if you feel like the clock is ticking, here five ways you can add 22 years to your life so that you have more time to accomplish all of these amazing things.

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