UPDATED (again): I started this list back in late 2012. A friend of mine did this a few years ago, setting out 40 things she wanted to accomplish before she turned 40. I loved the idea, so I started my own list.
Today is my 40th birthday. As I’ve inched closer to this deadline it’s become clear that not everything on this list TRULY matters to me. In fact, this is a running theme with this birthday. I want to spend time with those that matter most. I want to pursue activities that matter and have purpose. So why am I killing myself to get things done just because they’re on a list? I have removed some things from the original list, and kept ones that I really want to accomplish because they will bring richness to my life. I have also shortened the list because although 40 feels like a big deal in my life, it’s just an arbitrary number for this list. And, as my birthday present to myself, I am extending my deadline to the end of this year.
Not all of these are new activities for me, I may have already tried them years ago but I’ve added them here because I want to face a fear or make it a part of my life again.