I turn 39 today, and by next year, my 40th year, likely my life will be about half over. This isn’t a bad thing; I have very few regrets about how I’ve spent my one precious existance. But there is still a lot to do. I don’t fear dying, just not having lived enough. So here’s my list of things I want to accomplish in the next 365 days:
Spend an evening in a fancy restaurant with friends. Travel to a country I’ve never visited, preferably in South America or Africa (the only continents I haven’t visited).
- Go on a long (multi-day) hike.
- Make a really cool piece of interactive art.
- Play a movement of one of the Bach solo cello suites reasonably well.
Buy a nice watch. Put myself on the bone marrow transplant donor list. See a product launch that my company designed. Eat at Burma Superstar.
- Do 100 pushups in a single session.
Get my second tattoo.
- Set up a real retirement savings plan.
Lose 10 pounds.
- Read Bleak House.
- Teach Fiona how to ride a two-wheeler bike.
- Do 200 situps.
- Spend a day doing service.
Visit a national park. Go on a decent vacation with my family.
- Do 20 pullups.
Get an interesting new pair of glasses. Go wine tasting. Build a robot. Hire an employee. Discover an amazing new band. Have a spa day with Rachael. Listen to a live classical music performance. Write for, or at least be mentioned in, a major media publication. Find another series of books Fiona and I can read together, then read them. Buy a piece of art. Make a new friend.
- Buy a coffee table for my living room.
- Go to the real Northern California
and see the giant redwoods. Buy a new desk chair.
- Do 30 minutes of exercise every day.
- Eat at The French Laundry.
Give Rachael an unexpected gift. Speak in front of a new audience.
- Perform a cello/violin duet with Fiona.