Friday, October 23, 2009

Hi SparkUniverse,

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!

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    This is such a great blog. I turn 25 in less than a year, and it's the first birthday that scares the crap out of me. What a brilliant idea to make a list of goals -- and how crazy that so many of our items overlap.

    Good luck with smoking, that's a real toughie! I don't have the chutzpah to set a quit date so soon, but your post definitely has me thinking more seriously about it.

    I'm off to go write my own list, have a great week!
    3464 days ago
    That is an awesome list there, and I have no doubt that you will do every one of them!! Happy birthday to you...you and my son share a birthday, he is 23 today!!!!

    Good luck on every one of those....I know you'll do 'em, and have a great time doing it!!
    3467 days ago
    WOW 25 I remember that age I know you will succeed in your life and do all the things your heart desires especially marrying your gf yeah Im a sucker for true love :) and the smoking I know how hard it is I was doing so well until my son ran away from home and now is in a placement center I started again ugh I will have to do some soul searching to quit again!! Happy Happy Birthday!!
    3467 days ago
    What an awesome list - I like how you are planning for the future instead of reflecting on the past. I am SOO proud of you on the smoking thing! That is probably one of the best things you can do for yourself long term. I will be thinking of you Sunday! Happy Birthday!!!!!
    3467 days ago
    Ah, 25. I remember that great age.

    You have a nice list here of some very doable things. I had this list too (aside from the smoking), and I have been able to meet everyone of them (unfortunately GA won't allow same sex marriages, but my partner knows I'm committed anyway).

    The continents, the degree, even your parents...they are all waiting for you, so go and get them. When you succeed, think about your health and do something great for you (exercise). When you fall down, do two things great for you (exercise twice!). That is how you stay on track and give yourself the courage and energy to carry on.


    3467 days ago
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