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It is never a good sign when you realize it has been such a long time between posts that you can’t even remember your password to log in. Oops, it is not like I don’t have stories to tell, but sometimes life gets in the way of a perfectly planned blog post.
There are plenty of posts and stories to tell. I haven’t finished the stories about our summer trip to Turkey. The visit to Ephesus. The water park in Kusadasi filled with Russian tourists. Hanging out with the Theodora of Escape Artistes and her son Zac at Kidventurer eating Turkish ice cream (for the kids) and drinking Raki (for the grownups).
And then there was our trip to Nikoi Island. Oh there are some great stories there. Our friends Jessie and Mariam were a blast to travel with.
Of course the recent trip to Beijing, in subzero weather, where we ran in to Theodora and Zac again (seriously how cool is it to have seen them in 3 different spots all around the world)!
But today’s post is a personal one for me. You see, I just celebrated a birthday. One that puts me fully on track towards 50.
I am officially middle aged, in fact probably past middle age, statistically speaking. Being officially “middle aged” it makes me think about all of the things left to do in what I hope is the second 47 years of my life.
You know we are almost 50.
This really all started about a year ago or so, when one of my childhood friends passed through Singapore. We hadn’t seen each other in a number of years and it was great catching up with him and while chatting we started to reminisce about the old days. And then it happened, he said something shocking. It sort of took me by surprise and then it became a meme that stuck with me.
Chris said “You know we are almost 50. So what things are you going to do for your 50th birthday? I am planning on hiking 50 mountains, surfing 50 waves, riding 50 epic bike rides”.
My response was simple. ”Dude, you go right ahead, but I am much younger than you and I am no where ready to plan for my 50th birthday”. Which of course was true on both counts.
A couple of days later, however, I was surfing through a few of my favorite blogs and I stumbled upon Hula Seventy‘s birthday lists of ’36 things before I turn 37′ and ’37 things before 38′ and her list of 70 things. And I started to think. An idea was starting to form. The more I thought about it, the more it all started to connect.
The Birthday Approaches.
As time marched on, I continued to really think about this whole middle age thing.
I start to run in late 2012, trying to stave off old age at every turn, I even threatened to do P90X. Running is great, exercise is doing great things for me and while I don’t like the actual run part all the time, I like being in better shape, being healthy, and having goals to reach. So I set a goal of running a race. I ran a 9k “fun run” with a neighbor. I will be running a 10.5K trail run this Sunday. Great, but what about that list?
In December a girlfriend and I chuckled about how we are going to fight aging every step of the way even if it involves flights to Bangkok and visits to certain doctors that can do wonders. And all along my conversation with Chris kept rattling about my brain. I thought about it at work. I thought about it on vacation. I thought about it while running and finally I said to myself. Yes, I am going to do this.
I was going to make a list. A list of things I would like to do over the 365 days between my 47 and 48th birthday. The list should be, in my opinion, filled with a few easy wins but some real stretch goals. A few that can be crossed off early. A few that are personal in nature. A few that give back to others. A few travel oriented, of course, but a few focused around home and family. Perhaps not the “50 epic rides”, but I still have a few more years to plan that one out.
So, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Readers (of which there may be only painfully few left after months of no posts), I present to you the list.
47 things to do before I turn 48.
- Run a half marathon
- Learn to surf
- Do a RAK day
- Eat a Voodoo Doughnut
- See a ballet
- Sleep in a cabin
- Buy some art
- Visit London
- Scrapbook my kids school albums from preschool to present
- See a movie at a Drive In
- Play Mini-Golf
- Run a Disney half marathon
- Make gingerbread houses for Christmas
- Train for a triathlon
- Buy a bike in order to complete number 14
- Have a date night with Kiera
- Have a date night with Declan
- Spend the night in a Sarkies Brothers’ Hotel
- Mentor a young woman
- Adopt a stray kitten
- Take a weekend away with Jeff
- Put my toes in 2 different oceans and 2 different seas.
- Sleep in a teepee
- Visit a Country I have never been to before
- Pass my motorcycle riders test
- Run in the mile high city
- Hang up my antique Chinese revolutionary posters
- Frame pictures of my family
- Eat and drink with friends in the 472
- Post on the blog more frequently
- Go roller skating
- Hike to the top of a waterfall
- Read at least 2 new authors
- Fly first class
- Give a significant gift to charity
- Get a new tattoo
- Update my will
- Hold an epic party
- Run 2013 km in 2013
- Make Pickles
- Visit an old friend I haven’t seen in at least 2 years
- Visit Goa India
- Swim in a lake
- Drink Cuban Coffee in Miami
- Love unconditionally
- Forgive someone
- Ride 10 Rollercoasters
- Celebrate my 48th Birthday on 1/21/2014
What’s on your list?