Friday, October 23, 2009
I turned 25 years old today--kind of crazy. I guess I never really have envisioned myself getting older, and now all of a sudden, I'm what some people may call an "adult". LOL.
Instead of looking back on these past 25 years, I'm going to actually write down some of my hopes and goals for the next 25. These are hope/goals that seem a bit out of reach to me, but maybe by writing them down, I will be able believe and achieve.
- Grow old with joy and anticipation. I want to be proud of turning 30, 50, or even 70; not ashamed of who I am, or what I've done.
- Run a marathon. Have the bravery, motivation and determination to train to do something that scares me. I'm hoping to be in good enough shape for the Chicago Marathon next October.
- Quit smoking. I've been a closet smoker since I was 16, usually 1-5 cigarettes a day. My official quit day is this Sunday, wish me luck!
- Write a book. I'm planning on doing NaNoWriMo next year.
- Get a Masters degree. I love to learn!
- Improve the relationship with my parents. Things have been really rough the past few years. Part of it's my fault, part of it's theirs.
- Become a better listener. Really try to understand where people are coming from, listen to what they say, and what they don't say.
- Learn to cook GREAT food. Already becoming a much better cook, but would like to continue to work on improving this.
- Travel to 6 continents. Antarctica doesn't interest me, and you need a special permit. ;-)
- Get to a place in my career where I enjoy what I do. I'll probably need to put in some more time before this can happen.
- Marry my girlfriend. We've been together for over 5 years now, and we've talked about taking the leap. I hope that our time will come sooner rather than later. :-)
- Do the things that I set out to achieve.
Well, some of these I'm doing now, some of these I'm doing soon, and others seem pretty pie-in-the-sky. BUT I know that if I focus on these things, and take logical steps to achieve them, I can do anything!
So here's to 25, just a mile marker on the road--hopefully, there are many more miles to go!