In about 28 days I turn 40. Me… 40? To quote my favorite philosopher Jimmy Buffett: “I passed out and I rallied and I spring a few leaks” but the ship is still sailing.
I remember being 15 and 20 was floating on the horizon bragging with hip and cool adult independence – Nobody can tell ME what to do when I’m 20. I remember being 20 and 30 seemed so slightly wise and mature. (I’m still waiting for the maturity to show up). I remember hitting 30, with a tiny Girl Wonder in tow, and thinking 40 was old and grizzled and halfway to a rest home that smelled like pee and Clorox. And now it’s here. And my youth is flying out the window to land somewhere back in the 80’s with my purple leg warmers and jelly shoes but I’m tattooed, pierced and can still shake my groove thing.
I would totally still wear leg warmers. And a polo shirt with the collar flipped up.
So I’m celebrating 40 with my not so skinny hips and my wrinkly eyes and a little bit of inspiration from Joy the Baker. (If you’ve never visited her… stop now and go. She cooks with sugar. And likes frosted things).
I’m making a list of 40 things to do in my 40th year. And giving myself a year to make it happen.. cause while I have not matured I have mastered the art of procrastination.
Eat 1 big, fat slice of chocolate cake all by myself without sharing or counting calories
Make 2 new kinds of bread
Give away 3 cool things on Franny Bolsa
Visit 4 new states with the Girl Wonder
Deliver dinner to 5 local friends (I would totally be wiling to travel cross-country but am not sure if I could put a pan of lasagna in my carry on)
Give away 6 apple pies (Michael…. I’m saving one for your Mom)
buy 7 strangers coffee, tea, macchiatos, lattes, cherry limeades……
create luck for 8 people
Give away 9 hand made things
Have 10 friends over for dinner
try 11 new recipes from around the world
give away 12 of my favourite books,
take 13 long naps
write thank you notes to 14 people who have made a difference in my life
Read 15 new books… non fiction style
stop and enjoy 16 sunsets
leave a $17 tip
invite 18 friends to a “Regret Bonfire”… let all those regrets go up in smoke
take 19 hikes,
visit 20 local businesses,
Sit and dream with Girl Wonder about what her life will be like at 21
draw 22 pictures (that only need to be recognizable to me a la Le Petit Prince style)
listen to 23 new musicians
Take 24 photos of people I love
Send 25 boxes of cookies to people I like
purge 26 things from the house that I don’t use and give them a new home
volunteer 27 hours
try 28 new flavours of ice cream
make 29 things from my Nana’s recipe box (share said things or with all the other food related items on my list I will double my weight by 41)
paint 30 fingernails something fun and crazy
tell 31 strangers something I appreciate or admire about them
Donate 32 books to the local library
Send 33 postcards to friends old and new
make at least 34 sumptuous cupcakes
do 35 push ups
learn 36 sentences in Spanish
tell Girl Wonder 37 unexpected reasons its fun to be a smart, sassy, single, independent woman
write down at least 38 blessings I have in my life
Pick up 37 pieces of litter to make the world a better place
run 40 miles in 40 days
You can count. You get the picture? Ideas, thoughts, witty suggestions? I’m open. Whatchu got? Help a sistah out…..
Thank you for all the ideas and suggestions! Lots of creative suggestions… some … ummmm very creative suggestions – which I’ve added to my list of things to do should I ever want to get arrested, fired or make my mother blush list.
The fun begins on August 9th…. Want cookies, a letter, a handmade thing, a book, got a new band I should check out…. ??? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org (put ” 40 for 40″ in the subject line)