Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Birthday Meme

It's my birthday month. And somewhere, in my web surfing of various blogs, I spotted the same meme in several places - a list of "x things to do before I turn x years old" - posted on one's birthday as a goal list for the coming year.

I'm not shy about my age, but the internet is a very public forum, and I realised in another context that posting one's exact birthday and age is not necessarily a good idea - a date of birth being an important part of the information needed for identity theft.

Besides, such a list is all very well for a thirty year old, but the older a person is, the more items to fill the list - with perhaps less energy to get them done!

I will admit to being somewhere between fifty and seventy. And I am making a list, but it's not complete yet. I have a little over forty items so far. They range from quite large goals such as "learn Spanish" and "write the history of my father's family" to small items, often things I've been meaning to do for a while, like "order postcards from Moo" (Done - including the photo above). The good part about not having enough items yet is that it allows for spontaneity. If at any time in the year, I suddenly think "oh yes, I'd really like to do that", I can add it to the list. And after all, who knows a year ahead what opportunities will come their way? For instance, I would never have known in advance that I would try firewalking. But the chance came up some years back, and I took it. With only a small blister to show as a result. (I'm glad I did it, and I plan never to do it again!)

Updates may or may not appear from time to time as I complete items from the list.


CorvusCorax12 said...

Happy Birthday this month♥
i don't have a list per say but there are a few things i like to do :)

Unknown said...

Happy birthday month. Make it last all month I reckon. Lovely photo of a beautiful river.

leonie wise said...

well happy birthday to you whatever day it is - we share a birthday month!

i was thinking about those lists. i think up to about 40 would be okay to do to match age. then perhaps reducing again by one per year because when i get to 80 i sure as hell will be wanting a rest, not to try and get 80 things done! one seems much more manageable :)

Crafty Green Poet said...

nice idea to have a birthday month, good luck with creating and achieving your list