Hey, midlife, hey! I’m checking in to see if there’s been any progress on my Fifty Before Fifty bucket list, especially since I need to get at least one item checked off the list this summer (#28). As you may recall, this list was originally the Forty Before Forty bucket list, with ten more items added on my 40th birthday.
Today, on my 43rd birthday, I can’t help but laugh at my pre-COVID naïveté, when my biggest setback was the loss of the Footloose video tutorial on Vimeo. Who would have known the world was about to shut down for two years!?! Actually, not even the psychic medium Jill and I visited in 2019 – Edna neglected to mention the upcoming global pandemic (see #28)
Anyway, despite COVID, here are the EIGHT items I have done in the past three years:
See Hawaii – it has been my dream to take David to Hawaii for his 10th birthday since the day he was born. He will turn 10 less than two months before my 40th so the timing will be tight but I am sure Mike can make this happen.
WALLPAPER my itty bitty bathroom.
Snorkle. Ideally off the Florida Keys. With Kyle Chandler.
Run a Spring marathon (I’ve run marathons in September, October and November only
Ride in a helicopter (ideally while visiting #2)
Get a reading done by a psychic medium.
Go to a drive-in movie.
Train a puppy.
So onward I go. The forties are not so bad despite all the required stretching!
Check out the full list here I think I have about 28 more items to do.
A 63-Year-Old Runner Changed the Way I Think About Regret (NYT)
The Sidestroke swimsuit is giving me real Baewatch vibes, and I feel compelled to run slow in the sand wearing this one. The single-shoulder strap makes me feel sassy, and the pleated fabric makes me feel classy – we’ve got ourselves a sassy and classy one folks! – Unphotoshopped Women Honestly Review Summersalt’s 3 Bestselling Swimsuits (Emily Henderson)
Is this a good date? PATRICK SWAYZE TENDERLY TEACHES YOU HOW TO DANCE! PATRICK SWAYZE TENDERLY TEACHES YOU HOW TO DANCE!!! PATRICK SWAYZE TENDERLY TEACHES YOU HOW TO DANCE!!!!!!! Also, Keds. – Which Rom-Com Montages Would Make for Good Dates? (The Ringer)
I am very invested in this for myself: You don’t need a beach house or grandkids to be a “coastal grandmother” — just a white button-down and a zest for life. (BuzzFeed News)
Letters to you future self – I’m going to send a message to my 41-year-old self. I’m going to tell him, truthfully, that I feel grateful for what I have. And remind him that the real challenge of adulthood isn’t getting ahead – but getting back to an understanding that the world is beautiful and limitless. (Guardian)
You just might be more productive if you work less – Sometimes, working fewer hours means you can get more done (Fast Company)
Math concepts the state of Florida finds objectionable. (McSweeney’s)
Personal memo: Florida, you suck
The Obello Lamp. File this under things I want but don’t need (design\milk)
If a trans student wants to play sports, it’s just because they want to play sports. We can trust they didn’t choose to come out as trans in order to get some sort of athletic advantage. – Sports are divided by gender because by the time women were allowed to participate, men had already had decades (or centuries!) of training, and almost all current sports were specifically developed with only men in mind. So women were forced into their own categories. There’s also strong evidence that sports are gendered anytime women compete with men directly and threaten the dominance of men. (Design Mom)