50 things to do before 50

It occurred to me the other day that I am closer to 50 than 45, so I can no longer declare I’m in my mid-40s. Instead, I am in my late-40s and rapidly approaching 50. I realize it is just a number and doesn’t really mean much, but 50 is very likely to be more than halfway through my life. That time I refer to as “later” is definitely shrinking and I need to make sure I know what are the things that I want to accomplish or experience during this second half of my life. That’s rather vague, and potentially grandiose, so I decided to look a little closer in and figure out 50 things I want to do before I turn 50, which is 659 days from now. So, here’s the list, in alphabetical order:

Add two states to my states-visited list (currently 43)
Call a friend quarterly instead of just emailing
Call my mother monthly
Camp for 15 nights
Celebrate my 50th birthday
Develop a new habit
Do 3 pullups in a row
Donate my photography skills
Earn $1 in passive income
Establish a routine for keeping the dishes clean
Explore each cemetery in Tyngsboro
Finish scanning my mother’s slides
Get paid for photography
Give money to 5 new charities
Go kayaking
Go on a night photography walk in Boston
Go to the Mapparium
Have a photo published
Hike 100 miles
Hold a yard sale
Knit a scarf
Lose 20 pounds
Make a Kiva loan
Make a new friend
Make a new recipe
Make a t-shirt quilt
Medidate once a week for 3 months
Plank for 1 minute
Practice to be able to do 5 pushups in a row
Read five books (read, not listen)
Report on my progress against these items
Ride a segway
Ride my bike
See 10 new birds
Sell something on eBay
Take my kids to college for the first move-in day
Take photos of “that tree” in every season of the year
Track my water intake daily for a month
Truly deal with some boxes from my dad
Try a new food
Try rock climbing
Visit a country I have never visited
Visit an art museum
Visit each of my kids at college
Visit every piece of conservation land in Tyngsboro
Walk 10,000 steps every day for a month without fail
Watch a sunrise in the White Mountains
Watch a sunrise over the Grand Canyon
Watch all of my kids graduate from high school
Write in this blog monthly (preferably weekly)

Over the coming weeks and months, until I do reach 50, I will give periodic updates on my progress at this site. I publish this here for the accountability to myself and to have a good place to return to in order to see how I’m doing. I hope to feel accomplished by 2/20/2020.

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