Happy Birthday to Me
Over the Hill? Or Peak Years?
I turned 50 years old on July 7, 2017.
Birthdays are an interesting thing. You can't change them ; you're stuck with yours, like it or not. How much significance they have for you is most definitely within in one's control.
They seem to be quite important to some people and at best a nuisance for others.
Age is just a number is a pretty bullshit statement.
It's heart is in the right place, so to speak, but how old you are makes a big difference in many things.
It can be the difference between a ride home in a taxi or police car.
It can be the difference between going home with a trophy or going home empty handed.
You might get or lose a job because of it.
The morning after a night of drinking might feel like you got run over by a bus or like nothing happened.
One's metabolism changes.
One's resting heart rate changes.
One's allergies changes.
One's sex life changes.
One's sleeping patterns changes.
One's group of friends changes.
One's world view changes.
One's medical check-ups changes.
And on and on it goes.....
I have always made lists.
I I've always set goals.
I wanted to gross $100,000 in one year's time. I did that before I turned 25.
Finish a marathon; I've finished 10 as well as 2 Ultra-Marathons
I wanted to go to the Academy Awards. Been there, done that. Now I want to go as a nominee, and win one of this little gold men.
Here's How I Rated
All of these types of lists, often called Bucket Lists are somewhat abitrary and in the eyes of the beholder, so to speak. For my birthday party I handed out one such list that I found in Men's Fitness. It was "50 things to do Before You Turn 50".
1. Buy a house
2. Have kids
3. Get married
4. Fall in love
5. Eat fish and chips on the pier
6. Donate blood
7. Read 100 books
8. See your favorite band live
9. Learn a language
10. Attend a music festival
11. Own a dog
12. Learn to say no to your mother
13. Stay out all night partying
14. See the Northern Lights
15. Visit Stonehenge
16. Remember where the gas cap is
17. Travel somewhere alone
18. Sleep underneath the stars
19. Watch a meteor shower
20. Dance in the rain
21. Become an expert at something
22. Quit a job
23. See a volcano
24. Visit all seven continents
25. Throw a coin in the Trevi fountain
26. Take a helicopter ride
27. Have sex on a beach
28. Swim with dolphins
29. Go skinny dipping
30. Ride a gondola in Venice
31. Make a snow angel
32. Take part in a protest
33. Own your own business
34. Go in a hot air balloon
35. Ride an elephant
36. Climb Snowdonia
37. Jump into a pool fully clothed
38. Backpack across Europe
39. Perfect a signature dish
40. Drink beer at Oktoberfest
41. Run a marathon
42. Get a tattoo
43. Ride a Vespa
44. Watch comedy at Edinburgh Fringe
45. Write a novel
46. Write a journal
47. Spend a month technology free
48. Try drugs
49. Have a threesome
50. Go to an airport and pick a random flight
I scored an impressive 34 out of 50.
My List; My Turn
I started making my own list. I got to 11 on my own and then sort of put it out there for people at my birthday party could ad to the list.
I think this party game would have been more effective if there more room for the guests' suggestions.
Only one person added to this and his were some doozies, pun intended.
16. 24 Hours of Le Mans
I'm not into cars let alone car racing; so I will take a pass on that one.
So, I probably have a legitimate list of my 13 or 14 things to do this year. In other words, I want to come up with another 36 items. Some of them will be fairly easy and benign, like eating more local foods.
And others will be rather epic; walk on the Great Wall of China, see the Great Barrier Reef, even though its been declared "dead".
To Do List
New Editions on a Monday Morning
Jon Danniells is an adventurer and traveler, a teacher and student, a husband and a father, a cook and a farmer, a "week-end warrior" (very amateur athlete) and has not earned any money on these labors of love.When I googled myself what showed up first was my IMDB listing, which is basically a resume for my 20 and then some year career in film, for which I fortunately do get paid.