Progress Report

Thought it might be ’bout time to check in on the ol’ list. It’s getting more challenging to meet goals because they’re bigger, more expensive, and probably more existential. Meh. Whatever.


Meanwhile, I read a book this week.



30. Climb a mountain.

29. Run a 10k.

28. Nail a handstand in yoga.

27. Get spiritual.


26. Learn a language.

25. Master a skill.

24. Read some books that actually mean something.

23. Develop some knowledge about cars.


22. Visit Thailand. — Planned for late May

21. Take a trip with my Dad.

20. See a Wonder of the World.

19. Take a cross-country road trip with Brandon.


18. Volunteer regularly somewhere for at least 6 months. — About 3 months in. Ish.

17. Turn off the T.V. for a week.

16. Finish my book.


15. Invest in 5 diversified stocks.

14. Build retirement fund.

13. Own a second home.

Holy crap, I haven’t done a single one of these. Am I behind the curve or just equally aligned with a bad curve?


12. Get closer with my sister.

11. Go on a walk at least once a week with Brandon. — Let’s just get real. I have miserably failed at this.

10. Try something more sexually adventurous than usual.

9. Be a good in-law.

8. Send a real letter to a friend every month for a year.


7. Zip line.

6. Participate in a big cultural event like a music festival or Oktoberfest.

5. Swim with a shark. Or at least sting rays.

4. Learn to surf. Or at least try.

3. Be personally responsible for winning a big piece of business.

2. Perform in a play or musical. — Let’s get real on this one, too: it may be karaoke or bust on this one. My acting resume’s latest “chops” include Rocky Horror from 12 years ago. And I don’t know that my workshop with Doug Hutchison is holding much clout these days.


1. Learn to be happy just as I am.


I’m facing some harsh realities about age and evolution, but maybe that’s okay. Like everything else in life, maybe learning to let go of false expectations is part of the process. We’ll see.

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