So I wrote an entry in February about growing older gracefully, in which I said:
I’ve decided my theme for Year 35 is going to be carpe diem, and to that end, I’m going to try and cross 35 items off my lifelong to-do list. Carpe diem, man, it’s a classic. I mean come on, I don’t have that poetry degree for nothing!
Since then, time has marched on, and I’ve turned 35, and the world has not ended. But I did make that carpe diem list, and I’m already working on crossing things off of it! Some themes have emerged, which I will list after the jump, for the curious…
Appreciating my parents more. My grandparents are all deceased, and I really regret not sitting my grandmother down and asking her to talk about her life, because so much of what she went through is hazy in my memory. (Some of it involved outwitting Nazis, and there was the time she ran off to Paris when she was 13. Her life was not uninteresting.) And I feel like I’m letting the years slip by with my own parents as well. Things I included on the list: write down my parents’ life stories, write down my grandmother’s story (based on my mom’s memories) and spend some quality time with my parents.
Travel. I’m going to be in Europe for part of the summer for my older sister’s wedding, and I want to take the opportunity to visit Ireland and the UK, where I’ve always wanted to go. (Plane tickets are insanely expensive, though, oh my god.) I also have whale watching on the list, and I included “visit a brand-new city” as kind of a gimme, as we already have a trip to Seattle planned and, weirdly, I have never been there. Also I want to improve my Dutch skills before we go back to the Netherlands, so my 13-year-old nephew can stop laughing (quite so hard) at my terrible Dutch!
Creative stuff. I’ve already signed up for a photography class, and I also am going to finish my YA novel this year. The first draft is essentially done; my first reader has read it and offered me feedback, there are more plans in the works, and if all goes well it should be done by the end of the summer!
Body and wellness stuff. I took a dance class last year and would really love to take another one. Plus, I want to start bike riding again, so I can do a long bike ride (50 or 100 miles) in Napa. That’s something I’ve been wanting to do for literally years, so why not now? Also, I’d like to do a healthy detox, so if anyone has any ideas, let me know. I don’t want to do that thing where I don’t eat for a week and then drink cayenne pepper and maple syrup or whatever that is, but I would love to cut out sugar, alcohol, caffeine, etc. for a period of time… something like that. That’s a thing, right? Thoughts are welcomed!
Organizational and house stuff. There are some specific pieces of furniture I need. (Again, looking to get these cheaply, so it requires some creative searching.) I want to continue my habit of keeping fresh flowers in the house. We also may move to a different part of the state next year. Lots of possibilities on the agenda there.
Etc. Amidst some other random items is HAVE A BFD MEETUP. Can you believe we never really have? So ridiculous. Especially for those of us who live in the Bay Area.
So that’s a little peek at my list. Now I’m itching to know: what’s on yours?
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