On my 25th birthday, I set out a list of all the things I wanted to do in the year of 25. This is to keep me accountable. Plus, I love being able to cross things off.
I want to…
1) …volunteer somewhere in DC, preferably with kids. Any suggestions (and/or company) are more than welcome. Done and done. And it makes me wonder why I didn’t do it sooner. This shouldn’t be a list thing. It should be an always thing. 2) …hit a home run during softball. With just three weeks to spare! 3) …run a race with an average pace that’s under 10 minutes, something I haven’t been able to do since I hurt my hip in December (of 2009). I made it not just under a 10 minute pace, but under 9! And twice!
4) …finish all the books I’ve started, that I got halfway through and left for something else. There are about 6-7 right now.
A Return to Modesty, by Wendy Shalit – I made it to page 148 out of 244 before I got tired of the premise. But I suppose I should read her conclusion. (Dear Wendy, I appreciate your perspective and think that you have every right to live your life that way. And I even agree with some of your points. BUT, please get down off your high horse and stop trying to shove it down my throat.)
Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand – 953/1069. No excuse for not finishing earlier. Especially considering I started a couple summers ago. (Fantastic. I still prefer Fountainhead, but it makes me want to read more of her books.)
– Catch-22, by Joseph Heller – I started this book because I thought it was something I should have read. That, and I liked one of the quotes from it, that I originally read on a frat bathroom door. I got to page 99 out of 463. Not promising.
Everything is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer – 104/276. Weird. (Good, but hard for me to follow at times. I probably have to read it again, but it took me long enough the first time.)
Life, the Universe, and Everything, by Douglas Adams – 87/232. (Weird. I still have more of the series, but I think it’s going on the back burner.)
One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – 222/448. When I go back I’ll definitely have to review the family tree.
– Speaker for the Dead, by Orson Scott Card – 86/382. (Loved it! One down, six to go.)
5) …finish my first year of grad school, which really should take care of itself, but you never know. Thank.God. 6) …go skydiving. Unbelievable, in the best possible way.
7) …get a bike and become comfortable riding in the street. Because I find that terrifying. Success! Or, at least, to the point where I bike like I drive.
8 ) …learn how to change a tire. And other car maintenance tricks necessities.
9) …get a new tattoo (or two). One down, maybe one to go. For now.
10) …start taking Chinese again. Or at least brushing up on what I’ve already learned. I should be able to say more than, “This is my mom, dad, and little brother,” “I love you,” and, “I don’t know.”
12) …run the Marine Corps Marathon faster than I did the National Marathon. So, something under 4:58:57. Yes! I ran it in 4:56:29! Almost 2.5 minutes faster! 13) …be more outgoing. Whether that means attending more blogger happy hours, emailing a bloggy crush, or just generally introducing myself to new people – this is a hard one for me.
14) …prove to my boss that I do deserve a promotion – even before I complete my MA.
15) …finally go hiking out at Great Falls. So much fun! I can’t wait to do it again! 16) …make a more concerted effort to visit friends who live in New York. It should be so easy, and yet I think I’ve visited once in about 3 years. I’m a bad friend. 17) …go on a road trip. Destination negotiable. 18) …get more comfortable cooking from scratch and experimenting in the kitchen. 19) …learn how to play pool better – or, at the very least, learn how to break so that the balls actually move.
run a race in a new state. I’ve run in Massachusetts, New York (if you count bandit races), Pennsylvania, Maryland, DC (I know, I know – not a state), and Virginia. Maybe it’s time to explore something other than the East Coast. And explore, I did. California is beautiful in January.
get an iPhone. My plan is up in February, so either Verizon better come out with something that lets me play Words with Friends, or I’m switching to AT&T. And yes, it’s everything I thought it would be. 22) …find a church in DC that I’m comfortable going to. It was such a big part of my life growing up, but I haven’t found one that I love down here.
24) …rent a car. Just because I can.
25) …participate in an underwear run. I mean, I do run to look better naked, after all. So much fun! Even in 40 degree weather.
And because you always have to have that extra special bonus one for good luck:
26) …meet a Phillies player! I realize that this isn’t so much of a 25-goal, as it is a life dream, but that’s why it’s the bonus. Because it would just be icing on the cake.