As I mentioned last week, I am planning to make a list of 40 new things to try/learn/experience to celebrate my 40th birthday. The good thing about this is that I’m not putting a time limit on when I have to finish the 40 things, although certainly, barring unforeseen events, I want them finished before I turn 41. Ideally before 2023.
I was reinforced in my determination to do this by a comment on last week’s blog, stating that people lose their desire to do new things after the age of 23. I don’t know what kind of research supports this statement, but it still can’t hurt to deliberately push yourself to learn new things after 23. However, I want to keep it fun and think of ways to make it other-focused.
The bad thing is that I really want to have the list composed before I turn 40, which is next Thursday, June 23 (even though I legally turned 40 on May 23, since the doctor messed up my birth certificate, but I don’t go by that date). I thought it would be fairly easy to compose a draft, but it turns out that 40 is actually a gigantic number. Not just a large quantity of years, but a large list when one assembles things to do in celebration.
Anyway, this post is an appeal for more ideas, but I’ll show you some ideas so far.
- Travel on a sand road with a baby- COMPLETED!
- See wild horses- COMPLETED!
- Go to Laura’s for bread-making lessons- COMPLETED, thanks!
- Eat at newly opened Hotel Elkhart’s Relish Cafe- COMPLETED, with friend Amber
- Meet a new neighbor for the first time and immediately invite them for a meal –COMPLETED
- Visit Elkhart County Historical Museum
- Visit RV Museum
- Ride the little train (at the train museum) with Anina
- Take Anina to the zoo (I’ve never been there)
- Stay at historic Hotel Elkhart for a night
- Switch email providers (and have a rest from blog posts and emails while I figure that out?)
- Post progress on Instagram for 40 days? (I dislike using social media, and I either need to learn to use it or delete it. Thinking this might help me decide which!)
- Learn how to use collaborative software with editors.
Here are more ideas that were suggested to me
- Go skydiving
- Make Pavlova (Thanks for the recipe, Rosanna!)
- Make spring rolls (ditto!)
- Visit my cousin Anita in her new location on the Missouri River
- Let Anina stay at the babysitters for 24 hours (thanks Stephanie and girls!)
- Bike the Pumpkinvine Trail (thanks Rose!)
- Hot air balloon ride
- Elephant ride
- Reuniting with someone you haven’t seen or talked to in 10 years
- Send a birthday card to someone you’ve never met
- Find joy in all you do (7-11, thanks Linda!)
- Learn a song on an instrument
- Learn to crochet or knit – I do know how to do both, but making something I haven’t made before would be a good option, Thanks Janien for 12 and 13
- Spelunking…hmmm. Caves seem about as rare as elephants in our neighborhood.
- 40 acts of kindness…Little things like taping quarters to a bubble gum ball machine and then watching for children to find them, or taking wild flowers to someone in a nursing home, or paying for a strangers coffee at McDonalds, etc. Thanks CJ!
As you can see, that’s only a total of 28! And, thanks for the suggestion Wendell, but I kind of doubt I will go skydiving. Linda, I don’t know of an elephant close by to ride and I’m pretty sure I would get a severe case of motion sickness on a hot air balloon, so it doesn’t hold a lot of appeal. Also, with my still-expanded size, who knows if I would exceed the weight limit for all of the above? But that’s another topic.
So here’s my problem. What I need to finish off the list is a bunch of small (free!) things I can do, such as a fun activity with Anina or Marnell or a great Bible verse or poem to memorize…a new book to read? an online class or tutorial or recipe? a new kind of tea or coffee or gum or game or lotion or grain or soap? (Bonus if you send a sample!)
So leave me a comment or send me an email. Be sure to specify if you don’t want your name mentioned. Thanks for helping me celebrate! Note-I doubt I will be able to do everything that everyone suggests, so don’t be offended if yours doesn’t make it to my list. And feel free to share wild and wonderful ideas too, even though there are only so many of those that can be fit in.
Will I make it through the list of 40? I think so, barring unforeseen events. However, if I live to be 80, I think I’ll pass on this idea.
P.S. Is there an elephant to ride anywhere close to Elkhart, Indiana?
Stay tuned for updates about the release of the kidnapping book, coming soon.