Today is my 29th birthday and I could not be happier spending it in my happy place as we drive north to Eugene for a week.
I’ve been thinking on my last birthday and the list I created for myself. I couldn’t cross all of them off and I’m really okay with that. When it came down to it, I was so wrapped up in the adventure of just living this life that the things I thought I wanted to do had long lost my interest.
Life has an amazing way of changing what it is you think you want.
I feel like I went into the year with a great idea of things I wanted to do, because I had such little idea of what such an amazing year would have me experiencing. And last year was an experience like no other.
Not because of anything I did, but because of everything it did to me.
So as I sit here, I can’t help but ask myself if creating another list is actually pointless. Can I really predict where the next year will bring me or what I’ll want to do once I get there?
I can predict it. I can wish it. I can dream it up all big and juicy, create some amazing goals and set my intentions.
My predictions may not be 100% accurate and I may not cross off all those crazy ideas.
But I’d rather approach the next year of my life with big, crazy intentions of the adventures I want to create and then allow them to evolve as the moment offers.
Some of these things are carry-overs from the last list, some aren’t. Some of them can’t possibly be perfected in one year. But all of them resonate with me.
This year I want to:
Learn to drive a manual Drive the 5th wheel
- Knit a pair of socks already!
Snorkel in the Keys Visit the Smithsonian
- Hang out of a San Francisco trolley
- Play stop motion with Zeb
- Leave messages or gifts of love in random places
- Create a Gratitude Habit
Practice the fine art of advocating for kids Make silly/wicked/fun/cool home videos
- Create a Life List
- Validate, appreciate, and celebrate authenticity
Do something that scares me
- Smile bigger
- Love my body
- Foster the beautiful things in life
- Make a difference
- Dance, dance, dance
- Write my heart out
- Be a fool to make someone laugh
- Travel off the continent
Stare up at Mt Rushmore Stay up late laughing with friends
- Write more letters
- Challenge myself regularly
- Bury a time capsule!