Over The Hill

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Yesterday I celebrated the big 2-8. What's that you say? I don't look a day over 21? Oh, why thank you! What, you don't believe I'm actually 28? Bless your little heart!

I certainly don't feel 28 and I didn't have the mild panic attack that came with last year's birthday--the one where I cried in my car at lunch time because, for the first time in my life, I felt old. I'm looking forward to 28. I like even numbers, and 8 is my lucky number, so I'm feeling pretty optimistic about the next 364 days.

Birthdays seem like a better time to make resolutions and goals than New Year's for me. Nobody really expects to keep a New Year's resolution. You kind of know it's going to fall by the wayside in the first three or four weeks. But before I turn 29 (omgomgomg) there are a few accomplishments that would be pretty great that I'm going to aim for.

I considered making one of those "30 things to do before I'm 30" lists but that's a lot of pressure. Have you seen some peoples' lists? They're going to see the entire world, run a marathon, learn sixteen languages, save the whales, write a novel, cure cancer, find and tame a unicorn, and so on. What the hell is left to do after they turn 30? And why is 30 some kind of cutoff for getting shit done? Why not make a list of things to do AFTER 30 to keep life interesting?

If I can accomplish the following things over the next year, I'll be happy.

-Run a 10K. I'm signed up for a 5K in May that should be pretty easy, and over the summer can train for a 10K in the fall.
-Visit a new country. Again, shouldn't be too tricky what with the honeymoon and all.
-Relearn piano...at least to the point of mastering basic chords. I completely forget everything I used to know.
-Shop for a house (after the wedding).
-Read at least 10 books.

My goals for May look like this:

-Order new glasses
-Finalize wedding music (both ceremony music and a DJ)
-Do a photo project: either one photo every 60 seconds for an hour or a day in the life
-Bluenose 5K
-Find a blog template I'm really happy with and stop changing the effing thing

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8 comments

  1. Are you REALLY 28? *squints at your pic*...

    21 really sounds like your right age. :\

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  2. There are some really good 8 week programs online for 10ks. I'm training for one right now that I'm running in June. Let me know if you need any advice/support/massages :-P

    I can also give you some good titles for books if you need some.

    Happy Birthday!!

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  3. 1) You're not 28. I won't believe it.

    2) I already found AND tamed a unicorn.

    Fact.

    3) I think I scared off your fiancé with my response to the invitation to your surprise party.

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  4. Yes to house and piano!!! they're on my list as well. Good luck with the blog template ...lol.

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  5. happy birthday :) of course you look 21. if that! :)

    love the resolutions. i also think birthday times are the best times for that. good luck with the 10k idea, that's so awesome!!!

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  6. happy birthday! i think it's funny to read all the "before 30" to-do lists; looks like yours is pretty realistic though.

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