I recently spent an evening at No Frills1 with Melissa and a couple of buddies. This should come as no surprise to anybody who spends any amount of time with my friends and me. We drank, we talked, and we took the conversation to a touchy subject for us: we acknowledged that we spend way too much time talking about things that we might like to do, but we never set any actual goals. So it was decided that each of us would write a list of things that we want to do in our lifetime. No rules or guidelines were set for these lists. My list goes like this…
- get married
- have children
- climb Mt. Fuji
- go to Big Bend National Park
- visit two continents outside of North America
- prepare a five course meal for Melissa
- become fluent in Spanish
- get a college degree
- weigh 240 lbs.
- take a spontaneous road trip
- own a home
- spend one week without speaking
- complete a three-day fast
- make a budget and stick to it
- fly a kite
- run five miles
- get a piercing
- get another tattoo
- ride an elephant
- get vision correction surgery
- read “Where The Wild Things Are” to my children
- attend a wine class
- go to the new Cowboys Stadium
- attend a Cowboys game in Philadelphia vs. The Eagles
- take a trip to Texas Rangers spring training with the guys
- own a Jeep
- make a table out of Shiner bottle caps
- attend a Texas Rangers playoff game
- see the Texas Rangers win a World Series
- go to Shiner, TX
- have a garden
- go to New York
- get a professional massage
- take a canoe trip
- deliver a speech
- finish collecting our fine china
- wrap a present
- use a flask
- tequila tasting with Melissa’s dad
- power hour2
- attend the 10th Annual Givin’3
- run with the bulls
- own a sport coat
- tithe 10%
- start a ministry
- read the entire Bible (Protestant Christian) with study materials
- attend three worship services outside of the Protestant Christian tradition
- take a cooking class5
- go to a Led Zeppelin concert
My list can and will be amended from time to time. As I add to it, I will share my changes with you. I don’t expect to complete the list. In fact, some of the items on my list rely heavily on the actions of others (see #29). But enumerating my hopes and goals has given me some perspective regarding the value of each day and how I spend (read: waste) my time. I imagine that it will be very helpful during a mid-life crisis.
I encourage every person to write a list of their aspirations. It doesn’t matter what you include, and you don’t have to share it with anybody.
Here’s to our future endeavors,
1) No Frills Bar and Grill – cheap food, cheap beer, absolutely no frills to speak of; we spend way to much time and money on terrible food at this place, but the camaraderie cannot be beat.
2) Power Hour – one shot of beer every minute for 60 minutes. I can’t wait to look back at this list in 40 years.
3) The Givin’ – a Thanksgiving tradition; a party held every year to celebrate our friends and family through (mostly) healthy fellowship and spirits. 2008 will be the 4th Annual Givin’.
4) I should probably do #49 before #6.