February 25, 2013

Lazy (Sunday) Monday Thoughts

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Yep, it’s Monday not Sunday. This weekend was one of those weekends where All the Things were happening. We’ve had weekends and weekends where we do nothing and are bored with the nothingness and then Boom! everything. So I wasn’t near the computer much.

Warning: Navel gazing ahead!

However, this week is my birthday week and I’m turning thirty-something. I made a promise that I wouldn’t complain about getting older after I read an article celebrating a woman the age I’m turning dying of cancer. I thought, “Ugh, so young.” (I have complained, unfortunately, since, but I’m not going to anymore. Really.) That and some recent events have reminded me that my time is finite and I’ve got to enjoy it. I’ve taken a step toward a change in my life. I’m not sure where it will lead. We’ll see.

It seems as we get older the time rolls by faster. Wasn’t it just January yesterday? Why does that happen? It’s unfair. When we’re kids, it’s as if the time leading up to Christmas and birthdays and vacations is Forever! Now, it’s “Holy crap, Christmas is coming!” I’d like to slow down, please.

I can’t complain. I am healthy and the strongest I’ve ever been. I have a healthy family (knock on wood). A home. Enough to eat. Love. And enough money for the little luxuries like books. I wish I were more fearless though. I’m working on that.

someecards.com - I've been overthinking about otherthinking again.

I’ve been making a list of things I want to do or learn. I wouldn’t call it a bucket list, more a lifetime list. These aren’t crazy life altering things, like jumping out of a plane, some are pretty simple and some are big (for me).

  • Stay optimistic
  • Go zip lining
  • Travel (I’d love to go to Iceland)
  • Go out more (I’m a hermit)
  • Spend more time outdoors
  • Finish the things I start
  • Learn something totally new and unexpected
  • Run a 10K
  • Learn to meditate and become more patient
  • Become more independent
  • Not worry what others think of me

I’m sure this list will get longer, but that’s what I have now.

What would you put on your list?

20 comments :

  1. Definitely go out more. I have achieved this to some extent, and largely thanks to my son. He gets me out and about and I don't even dread it. :)

    Good luck as you work toward your goals and aspirations! You have a great list, Chris!

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    1. I'm getting better at getting out, especially by myself, but still need to work on it.

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  2. That's a fantastic list!!!! Happy birthday week :D And thirty something is not old!!! I'm thirty something too :p

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  3. Happy birthday to you! I would love to travel more! I'd also like to get in better shape. I really don't need to lose weight but I sure do need to tone up the weight I do have.

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    1. I'm the same way about getting in shape. I've made an effort to go to the gym every week and it makes a difference.

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  4. Personally I think traveling would be much more life-altering than jumping out of an airplane (assuming a safe landing, of course!). I hope you have a great birthday week and get to do all the things on your list one day.

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    1. That's true. Skydiving would be over quickly!

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  5. I hope you have a wonderful birthday! I think a lot of Canadians are hermits, especially in the winter... It is part of our culture! I can fall into that VERY easily!!

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    1. I don't ski and hate running outside during the winter so that is limiting for sure.

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  6. Happy birthday! I'd love to travel more. My goal for the year is to visit Scotland.

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  7. Happy Birthday week! It's my birthday week as well. I turned 39...sigh. I cannot believe how fast the years have gone. I can't believe that I'll be 40 next year. Yipes ;) I'd love for things to slow down as well. But, like you, I'm thankful for the things in my life. I love your list! Hmmm..it does make me wonder what I'd put on my own list.

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    1. Happy Birthday! The best people were born this week. ;)

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  8. Happy birthday! If time could slow down a bit it would be brilliant. Just the amount of time we need for sleeping takes up so much. I would like to travel and I want to visit all the castles in England (if I achieve that - which will be difficult as some are private homes - I'll start on another country).

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    1. I'd love to see a castle! That's a great goal.

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  9. Happy birthday and I love your list of goals!!!

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  10. Iceland is on my life list too (and might happen this year?)! And spending more time outdoors is actually something I've thought about lately too, especially being in Seattle where we're a bit trapped by the cold and rain for the winter. I've decided to try and combine it with another life goal -- to become a better photographer. I've taken enough pictures of my yard that I think it's pretty well documented now. I need to branch out. ;) But really, I'm two months away from ::cough::38::cough:: and I'm starting to think about what things I need to do while I'm "young". I don't want to miss something wonderful because I waited too long.

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  11. To a fellow thirty-something who is all-too-rapidly approaching a certain milestone, I understand all of your concerns and then some. However, remember how intimidating being in your thirties felt and how awesome they are turning out. I know you will not only meet all of those goals you set but establish more and kick them to the curb as well. Good luck and happy birthday, m'dear!

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  12. Happy birthday week! Iceland is on my bucket list, too. Well, it would be if I had a bucket list. Making one is on my imaginary to do list. ;-)

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