Birthdays as Deadlines not Holidays

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So my 25th birthday was on Monday. Coming up to the big day, I had been pretty worried. It felt a bit scary and I had had all these lofty ideas about my future that hadn’t ever materialized. (I was supposed to be living in Brooklyn by now!)

Because I was so worried, I didn’t actually plan any specific event to celebrate my birthday. And in the end, I’m glad I didn’t. Things ended up coming together and over the course of several days, I pretty much got to see and do a lot of things I would’ve ended up having to plan myself. All in all—a very good birthday!

That brings me to my final point: birthdays are more deadlines than holidays. At work on Monday, a friend said I should’ve taken the day off from work seeing how it was my birthday. Sure, that would have been nice, but I didn’t really need to. Twenty-five was hard enough, and spending a whole day thinking about it was not my idea of fun. Though I didn’t finish my list of things to do before turning 25, I’ve definitely come to terms with the age and can’t wait to turn 26 in a foreign country (right now according to my plan, it should be Australia).

Here’s what I did and didn’t do by my birthday:

  1. Hang curtains in your bedroom.
  2. Become friends with someone you meet in unusual circumstances.
  3. Make your own Halloween costume.
  4. Go to a concert/movie/restaurant alone.
  5. Open a Roth-IRA account.
  6. Own stock in a company you believe in.
  7. Read The Iliad.
  8. Start a blog.
  9. Join a professional organization.
  10. Go on a spur-of-the-moment, weekend trip to a foreign city.
  11. Attend a poetry reading.
  12. Go to a music festival.
  13. Learn to dance.
  14. Take a road trip with friends.
  15. Get paid to do something you like.
  16. Do some sort of adventure/adrenaline activity.
  17. Take a course on something you’re interested in.
  18. Regularly read a newspaper/magazine/blog.
  19. Be recognized for something or at somewhere.
  20. Have business cards.
  21. Cook dinner for a friend.
  22. Win something. Big or small.
  23. Start a new hobby after college.
  24. Pick up the tab for no good reason.
  25. Be irresponsible. It’s allowed sometimes.

I’m pretty much happy with how it turned out. (Disclaimer: I did make this list purposefully with things on it that I had done, with full intention of being able to cross them off my list today. I plan on making an extensive “bucket list” in the near future, however, which I don’t plan on stacking the deck.)

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7 total comments on this postSubmit yours
  1. Thanks Monkey! I have a bit of a list fetish so expect to see many more here :) Your bucket list is pretty sweet, though – might steal some ideas for myself.

  2. Thanks Monkey! I have a bit of a list fetish so expect to see many more here :) Your bucket list is pretty sweet, though – might steal some ideas for myself.

  3. I like your list, I didn't put a time reference on my bucket list as some can be repeated and others will take time, but as I will be turning 25 next year myself I hope I am a little closer to reaching my own goals and plans for a RTW trip such as yourself. I look forward to seeing your posts as your journey begins.

  4. Thanks Jay! Also, I just now saw some of your comments in my comment “queue.” I’m still trying to get a hang of this whole blogging thing.

    And big, scary adventures are my speciality. Err… hopefully!

  5. Thanks Jay! Also, I just now saw some of your comments in my comment “queue.” I’m still trying to get a hang of this whole blogging thing.

    And big, scary adventures are my speciality. Err… hopefully!

  6. Congratulations on the decision to make your trip, by the way! I’m sure it will be a big, scary, exciting adventure!

  7. Congratulations on the decision to make your trip, by the way! I’m sure it will be a big, scary, exciting adventure!

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