I’ve been doing ___ before ___ lists for a while now. My first one was a 30 before 30 list. I have since done similar lists leading up to years 31, 32 and 33. I enjoyed writing the lists and really crystallizing the fun thing I want to do, and making sure they did not slip through the cracks. By year 32, the enthusiasm started draining and I had a mad dash right before my birthday to cross off as many things as possible. As my birthday approached for me to turn 33, there were plenty of things left on the list, and I didn’t even care anymore. I was working on a bigger & better 40 before 40 list, but I don’t really love it right now, and have not decided whether I want to overhaul it or scrap it.
The lists, for me, focused me on what I wanted to do as I was working toward them, but also provided a nice retrospective at year’s end. Often I would grumble about wanting to do so many things but never having the time, but I could look at these lists and say, wow, I really did do a lot of fun, nice things.
I don’t want to abandon the lists altogether, but there’s no sense in making myself do the same thing over again, just for the sake of doing it. I’m turning things around a bit this year. Instead of listing 34 things I need to do before 34, I’m assembling a list of things as I go, and am memorializing 34 fun things I’ve done in the year before I hit 34. I’m open to suggestions for fun things you think I should check out.