Last year I started a tradition of making birthday resolutions. The goal is to complete a number of tasks or goals in a year. The number of tasks equals my age. I didn’t even manage half of my resolutions from last year, but I find something soothing about this list-making and goal-setting practice. More satisfying to me than accomplishing things on this list was seeing how many of the items were simply… no longer important. Accomplishing them was just frosting – a nice perk to the last 365 days of my life rather than an imperative need.
Here it goes: my 26 in 26. (In no particular order.)
- Get a dog.
- Finish the HackVT app content.
- Finish writing Drinking with Galatea.
Go on a trip. Plane required.
- Get into the Christmas spirit.
Read S. Ski an absurd number of days.
- Take snowboard lessons.
Be a good long distance friend. Get a new car. Get a PO Box.
- Do Tuckerman Ravine this spring.
- Find a nice, dog-friendly apartment.
- Tag along on a sugaring session.
Stop biting my cuticles.
- Explore southern VT.
- Pay off one student loan.
- Bike the Dirty 40 or an entire Century Ride
Start swimming again.
- Swim from camp to the sandbar and back.
Watch Man on Wire. Read A Moveable Feast. Drink loose leaf tea more often.
- Take a photography class.
- (Re)read The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays.
- Go camping.
That’s about it, guys. xo