Two weeks today is my birthday. I will be 35.
(I know it’s hard to believe, I barely look a day over 21, etc etc).
35 seems like the kind of age where you should be making plans. By 35 you feel should have at least bought a house, possibly be married, maybe have some savings. I of course have done none of these things. Whoops.
I never have been very good at long term planning though, and after getting in the whole ‘have children’ thing pretty early on, I’ve always felt that my ‘make a commitment to something Proper and Grown-up’ box has been ticked. Now though, I’m beginning to wonder. I’m beginning to wonder if actually it might not be a bad idea to have a bit of a plan.
Before you start looking concerned and pressing a hand against my forehead to check for signs of a fever, I’m not talking about a settling down type of plan necessarily, I just feel it would be good to have a few goals, so that by the time I get to my next significant birthday I feel like I have achieved something – something that I have deliberately set out to do rather than something that has happened to me accidentally because I sort of said yet to something that maybe I shouldn’t have.
My plan then is to make a list of 40 things I would like to do before I’m 40.
The list may include the odd dull item like ‘buy a house’ but I would like the main purpose of it to be to inject a little bit of extra fun and adventure into my life. I would like my 40 things to be specific, challenging and exciting.
For instance, I was thinking of having number one as:
‘Place a bet on red on a roulette wheel in Las Vegas’
They don’t all have to be quite extravagant. I was also considering ‘make the perfect soufflé’.
You get the idea.
What I need though is ideas. This is your chance to shape the next five years of my life, possibly even change it forever. Have you got any unusual ambitions that I might like to share? What would be on your list of things to do before you’re 40?