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February 7, 2021

a week and a few years
posted by soe 1:27 am

Snowy Rosslyn

In a few years (and a week), I hit the half century mark. It’s a time for reflection, for figuring out what I want to do with the second half of my life, with the last couple decades of my career, and generally build upon the foundation I’ve built during my first five decades.

In the six months before I turned 30, I started a list of things I wanted to accomplish before I left my twenties. I have absolutely no idea what was on that list, but I’m confident it exists in a notebook somewhere, either here or in boxes at my parents’. I’m also positive that I didn’t accomplish half of it, in part because I left it too late to do the things that were harder and required either planning or real change.

So, I’m going to make a list for my birthday next week — a list of 50 things I want to do before I turn 50. I’m going to leave some of them blank, so that the list can grow with me, but I feel confident that if I put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard I can come up with a list that gives me a path forward. I’m not a huge list follower (my weekend plans lists are more things for me to consider doing, but not expect to complete), but I think writing things down can be a healthy exercise. If nothing else, doing it will allow me to give voice to some of the things that I would like to do with my life, but haven’t given corporeal form to — and the time to actually accomplish them. (For instance, I’m clearly not traveling internationally in the next six months, but I do think my passport might be expiring this year and now would be a smart time to get it renewed.)

Do you have a list of things you’d like to accomplish by your next birthday (or the next decade change)? If so, do you have them written down somewhere, or are they just inscribed in your mind? Or do you tend toward just going with the flow?

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