Wednesday, November 9, 2011

30 By 30

I know that I wrote in my birthday post that I'm not the type to mourn previous years of my life.  I don't care what I'm losing in my later years that I had in my early years.  It's part of growing up and enjoying the new experiences life hands to you.

Having kids and a wife and a house and great friends totally outweighs what I had in my twenties and teen years.

What I do like is setting goals for myself and trying my damnedest to achieve those goals.  I figure that I'll be 30 in a year, so why not come up with 30 things that I'd like to accomplish within that time frame?  Seems reasonable enough, and it will keep me focused on what is really important to me.  We all know we put things off if we don't write them down or really focus on them, so I figured I'd track them here on my blog.  I know it is a little derivative and unoriginal, but I'm doing it anyways.

I also know it's going to be pretty damn near impossible to do all of these things in a year, so this is really a list of 30 things that I'll definitely accomplish.  It may take me longer than a year to do so, but I will do everything on this list at some point.

30 by 30
  1. Run another marathon but try to do it in under 4 hours
  2. Learn to play at least one song on any instrument (preferably guitar or piano)
  3. Get my weight under 180 pounds and keep it there
  4. Drink every beer on tap at Yard House (not in one night)
  5. Learn how to tie a bow tie
  6. Hear my girls say "I love you Dada" or any variation of dada
  7. Cook a gourmet meal with multiple courses
  8. Go skydiving
  9. Take snowboarding lessons
  10. Learn how to make one of my Grandma's pies
  11. Buy a tailored suit
  12. Get a straight-razor shave
  13. Spend a night in Vegas without getting a hotel room (unless it's comped of course)
  14. Actually write something of substance
  15. See a baseball game at Wrigley Field and/or Fenway Park
  16. Go on a family camping trip
  17. Watch every movie on the AFI 100 years, 100 movies list and/or every Best Picture winner
  18. Visit Napa again and buy some wine
  19. Get a tattoo
  20. Teach my girls to say "Please" and "Thank You"
  21. Go to a Notre Dame football game
  22. Have a romantical night out at a five-star restaurant with my wife
  23. Drink Dom Perignon for the first time
  24. Try a food that I've never had before (Escargot?)
  25. Write a song
  26. Try to sell a screenplay to Hollywood
  27. See Dave Matthews Band perform at The Gorge
  28. Share Calvin and Hobbes with my girls
  29. Learn to golf
  30. Kiss my wife and kids every single day
That's my list, and I'm going to try my best to complete it in the next year.  If anyone has a hook-up or knows someone that can facilitate any of these items, feel free to comment or contact me any and all info.


Becoming Supermommy said...

If you want to catch a game at Wrigley, I'd be totally happy to host your family. :)

erin - mutterings of eringirl said...

You've given me infinite (ok, I overexaggerate... you've given me THIRTY) ideas for birthday surprises, which is awesome.

I look forward to helping you accomplish some of these. I know they won't all happen before 30, but I hope we can do them all in our lives!