Hey friends and soon to be friends. I am super excited to share my exciting new venture and adventures with you. My birthday is in December and every year, my husband (Paul) and children (Alexander and Bailey) start to ask me what I want for my birthday and for Christmas. As I have gotten older, I have come to the realization that I don’t want stuff….I want memories.
With birthday 51 just completed, I was thinking about the second half of my life. Paul and I are basically empty nesters now. As this empty nest realization really sunk in, I concluded I want this second act of my life to be filled with just as much excitement, joy and wonder as the first 50. In theory we should have more free time, so why not take that free time and do something really cool with it.
The idea came to me to celebrate the year I turn 52 with doing 52 things I have never done before. I have been tossing this idea around in my head for about two years and I like the symmetry of 52 weeks in the year with my 52nd birthday in December of 2018.
I brainstormed with a few close friends, and have a partial list of things I would like to do. Now obviously, I am not a Kardashian so this list is a list of things a reasonable person can afford to do. I do have a job so I can’t travel the world all year. I also have bills to pay so I can’t do 52 exotic, expensive adventures. My list includes some things that are more “out there” but it includes many local things have just never taken the time to do. Here is a small sample of things on my list, so you have an idea of the variety and scale of my project.
• Take a tap dance class
• The Kentucky Bourbon Tour
• Spend the night in the woods all by myself
• Sing karaoke in public
• Visit a new state
• Learn to surf
• Donate plasma
As you can see, some things on the list can be done locally and only require a few hours, like acupuncture or a tap dance class. Some will take a day or a weekend, like the Bourbon Tour or a night in the woods alone. Some items on the list require courage (or maybe liquid courage) like singing in public. Some take some planning, time and money, like taking a vacation to a new state or learning to surf. Many items on the list are for my own personal pleasure, but some are acts that serve others, like donating plasma.
I hope this short list gives you an idea of where I am going with this blog. Stay tuned for my next blog for a more complete list. I hope you will join me as I do some fun stuff, learn more about myself and my community, and keep my brain and body active for the next phase of my life.
Let’s see what I can do in and at 52!
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I love your list and have some additional ideas for you. Feel free to use whatever you’d like! (I’m reserving the right to come back and add more later.)
Water ski (or snow ski)
Learn to play a new card game
Take a cake decorating class
Sing/play/perform in a public setting
Make a wreath
Make a gourmet meal or take a cooking class
Sometime during the year donate 52 items of clothing/52 household items/52 non-perishable food items
Pay $52 toward a school’s overdue lunch accounts
Pay $52 toward a random layaway at Christmas time
Donate to and/or volunteer at the Humane Society
Read a book in a week
52 hour social media fast
Take a golf lesson
Take an art class
Take a dance class
Take a photography class
Volunteer at a soup kitchen
Compile 52 of your favorite recipes and share with your family (52nd bday party favors?)
Try 52 new recipes during the year
Write one letter each week and send via USPS
Get together with the people who say, “We should get together”
Learn to do something mechanical with your car; with your house
Get a group together to go Christmas caroling
Plan a progressive dinner with friends
Host a murder mystery party complete with people dressed in character
Go visit older relatives and listen to their stories
Record your mom making your favorite dish
Organize your photos – print the ones from your phone/digital camera
Write the names/dates/occasions of the people in your photos!! Your family will thank you down the road 🙂
Work on your family tree
Do a DNA test to find your heritage