A list of “adult things” to do before 35

In six months [well, from yesterday], I will be 35. I have kind of had this running list of things I need to get done to kind of make me a but more “adult”.  The list includes:

  • Get a new primary care physician and get a physical.
  • Get a copy of my adoption paperwork; to keep in my fire safe.
  • Get a passport
  • Prepare a will and some sort of advanced directive

I realize some of these are small; some not so much. My family doctor, who was awesome, is phasing out into retirement. I found a new one, closer to me than my hometown and actually had my appointment today. I haven’t had a physical since my senior year before I went to college.  I have a gynecologist, where I have regular appointments.  I just kind of wanted a baseline.

I was extremely pleased! She was very much on board with “preventative measures” since I do not know my family medical history due to being adopted, and that I’m almost 35, and while there are not many screenings that are exactly necessary, but things we can kind of just be aware of and maybe do a bit early if we feel the need. I really like her.

I have to go tomorrow for some lab work, but other than that, everything is good. She prescribed something to hopefully help with sleep! Hooray. Happy that she’s willing to work with me.

I really want a copy of my adoption paperwork; I know if [big if] I were to someday get married, I would need it. I also just want it. I am a realist when it comes to everything, so I know that my parents are not going to be around forever, so if I need one or both of them to help me in attaining that piece(s) of paperwork, then I’d rather do it now.

I have never traveled out of the country, other than Puerto Vallarta and Cancun – when we did not need a passport for traveling there. I know they last 10 years, but I feel like I probably need to get one. It’s not a MUST have but it’s on the list of things to check off.

With having dealt with the death of 4 grandparents in such a short time, it has really opened my eyes to the fact that I need a will and advance directive. I have great life insurance through work, but I have to again, be the realist that I am, knowing that you never know when you’re going to wake up dead… or be in a situation where you cannot make your medical choices.  I just need to find someone who will help me with this, probably the family lawyer my dad has used for all the years I’ve known.

I just feel like having a few of these things in place would be a big relief not just to me, but for family or close friends, should something happen.

I hope I live a long healthy life, and do not have to have to make my family and friends utilize this things for a long long time!

My appointment was at 1:45 this afternoon and after I ran a few errands, and made an early dinner, about 5:15 I was just beat. I worked a night meeting Tuesday night and didn’t’ get home til about 10… long day, especially to turn around and be back in the office at 8:30.  I set my alarm for 6:45, planning to nap for no more than an hour and a half, and I did just that. I actually woke up a bit before the alarm. And I’m finding myself yawning now. I think I’m going to turn off the computer, and head into bed and figure out which book I’m going to read next and call it a night.


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