When I faced my 40th birthday, dread is the only word to describe my feelings. It seems silly now, but I really struggled with turning 40. It felt like some magical number that would catapult me into Old Age. (Cue ominous loud voice.)
So I decided to face it with a birthday bucket list: 40 things I’d try to do while I was 40. Armed with this list, I was suddenly eager for my birthday to arrive. I wanted to get started on the 40 things.
Of course, my birthday did arrive, and I felt absolutely no different than the days leading up to it. It’s funny how we get hung up on things like getting older. The passing of the years are inevitable, but each year holds lots of potential.
I’ve already started tackling my 43 Things While 43 list, and I’ve decided this is too much fun not to share. I’m going to encourage my kids to make their own lists for their birthdays. And you should totally try it, too. Seriously, it’s such a fun idea.
Things to remember
Now, these aren’t goals. Those are a whole other thing. This list should be random fun things you’ve been meaning to do-someday. Make sure you have mostly achievable items, but include a couple of dream big items. You can take a look at both of my lists for ideas.
If you’ve had a birthday not too long ago, go for it now. If you have one coming up, get one ready. If you’re smack in the middle of your “year”, but this sounds like something you’d love to do, make the list anyway, and see how much you can get done. I’d love to see your birthday bucket lists, so feel free to comment with a link to yours or share some ideas below.
I missed doing a birthday bucket list when I was 41, and I never finished writing the one for 42. It only had a handful of things listed, but I still managed to knock off a couple without even trying-like buy a pair of cowgirl boots. Love them! I’m looking forward to seeing what I finish this next year.