In 2011, I will turn 40 years old. Clearly, it’s time I had a mid-life crisis.
There are a lot of things I have never done and tons of things I have yet to accomplish. I don’t think it’s prudent to put them off any longer.
I am a list maker. I always have at least one list. Sometimes more. There is something about crossing items off a piece of paper to make me feel like my tasks are finalized, that I have completed what I have set out to do. That is the purpose of this list. Well, that and the fact that I am losing brain cells by the day and can’t remember 100 things without the benefit of a list.
That’s right. I am going to list 100 things on my Life List. Here are the first ten. I don’t know when I’ll type up the other 90, but let’s focus on the fact that I am making forward progress, shall we?
1. Graduate from college. I left college with just a couple of quarters left (“quarters” referencing my time left in school AND the amount of money I had in my pocket). Although my parents helped me enough that I never had to take out a loan, I still worked three jobs to pay for my share of tuition and my books. I rode my bike to school every day so I wouldn’t have to pay for parking and every, single day my chain would fall off and I would show up to class covered in grease. I left school when I was offered a job making $30,000 a year working for a mortgage company. I was 20 years old. I thought I would save money and go back. I never did.
2. Run a half marathon. Because, I like to torture myself like that.
3. Travel across the United States in an RV. Probably my greatest dream. Ultimate road trip! Holla!
4. Stand under a Giant Sequoia.
5. Hike into the Grand Canyon.
6. Get published. I have a memoir and a novel in the works. Hey, literary agents…call me.
7. Become a Certified Interior Decorator. Not a designer, because oy, the math!
8. Paint a picture. Like a real one. On canvas.
9. Camp in a tent, on a warm beach.
10. Visit all 50 states. I have been to 21 of them, 29 to go!
That’s my first ten. What are yours?