I celebrated my 50th birthday on August 2nd of this year. As befitting the subtitle of this blog, I did not post at that time because I was in a summer of slacking off with regard to blogging. This extended through the fall, and then into the winter.
So, yes, I’ve been a slacker.
I was ambivalent about having a party, but I knew I didn’t want some big over the top party. So I waffled until the last minute, and then told my wife I did want a party, but just a small one. And that is all there was time to plan at that point, so it all worked out.
While thinking about party versus no party, I had also read this Huffington Post article by Barbara Hannah Grufferman about making a list of fifty things to do during the year you are fifty (rather than having a party). I found this rather compelling, and thought that maybe I would do the same. I looked at the first few items on her list…
- Join a book club
- Visit the house where I was raised
- Learn how to juggle
- Visit the Grand Canyon
Hmm…. I’m not really a book club person, more a solitary reader. The house where I was raised no longer exists. I taught myself to juggle in graduate school. I visited the Grand Canyon in 2009…..
I was clearly going to have to come up with my own list! But of course, that is the point.
I started to think of things I wanted to do.
- Learn to play the piano
- Learn to dance the tango well
- Learn Spanish
- Visit my mom in South Dakota and the family in Minnesota
- Visit my sister in Ireland
- Write my book on the Manhattan Project
But of course, to do 50 things in the year you are fifty, you need to do one thing a week, and take two weeks of vacation! Most of the things I was thinking of were long term things I still wanted to do. I suppose I could cast them in a shorter term light (take a piano lesson) but that didn’t really capture the issue.
So instead of finding 50 things to do this year, I am going to make a list of 50 things I want to do while I am in my fifties — that gives me ten years to get these things done. Not quite a bucket list – I will wait til I am 67 until I write that.
So, anyone have any suggestions for my list of fifty things to do in my fifties?