As 39 approaches...

Yeah yeah. So I'm turning 39 very soon. Which means 40 is just around the corner. Which means the usual “40 things to do before 40” crap (in the same style as those “30 before 30” and “50 before 50” lists). I found this 100-item list on some random website. It seems to be slightly US-centric, which is OK since I grew up in the US, and there are enough “worldwide” elements on the list. It would be easy enough to replace some of the US-centric stuff with local equivalents too, but I don't think I'll bother. This particular list is a lot better than some of the other lists I saw while searching for lists in general. Some of the items on some of the other lists included having an affair (that is, cheating on your spouse), losing a loved one (what an awful thing to even think that someone should die so that you can tick something off on a list), speeding in traffic (encouraging illegal activities hmm?), getting blind drunk in strange places (uh?), and having children (breeding should be something out of free choice, not out of forced obligation, and it's also a wrong thing to do just to be able to tick something off on a list).

However, some of the things on this list are, well, a bit peculiar. Join a prayer group WTF? There are also a few things that are missing. Like eating dinner at a restaurant that has at least two Michelin stars. Or trying “unusual” foods in general... oh wait, there's a tripe question. Hmm. Forty means... having visited (at least) four continents, right? Or having studied and/or worked in a foreign country, right, with the new globalized economy and all? (Yeah, BTDT all around.) Oh wait... Here's a doozie for ya: how about getting over issues such as body image by the time you're 40? Conquering your fears? Hmm...

Anyway, the list. I've bolded what I've done, and commented some of the list items, whether or not I've done them...

1. Started your own blog – if you're reading this, then...

2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band – I've played in an orchestra. Several actually. Does that count?

4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower – more than once

6. Bathed in a river – this can tie in with the skinny dipping question...

7. Been to the Taj Mahal

8. Walked on a glacier in Alaska

9. Caught and held a snake

10. Spoke in front of a big crowd

11. Bungee jumped – not allowed :-(

12. Had a whirlwind love affair that broke your heart – oh yeah, that...

13. Found an arrowhead or fossil

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Rescued an animal

16. Ate sweet breads, glands or tripe – mmm, sweatbreads...

17. Seen Mount Rushmore in person

18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France – overrated

20. Slept on an overnight train – many times

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hiked to base camp on Mt. Everest – perhaps some day, but not before I'm 40 I'm afraid...

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill

24. Built a snow fort – of course!

25. Watched an animal being born – eeewwwww

26. Gone skinny dipping – many times

27. Learned a foreign language – more than one

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse – more than once

30. Stayed up for more than 24 hours – more than I care to have done such a thing

31. Trained a dog to do cool tricks

32. Been on a cruise – does 'danskebåten' count? (hahaha)

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Can drive a stick shift car

37. Won over $1000 in a raffle or lottery

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David

41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Been serenaded

44. Visited AfricaAfrica sweet Africa... *swoon*

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Broke a bone – I must have. I've seen a photo of myself at age 2, with a cast on. So...

47. Started your own business 

48. Quit a job because you were totally unhappy

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the Eiffel Tower

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling – PADI Rescue Diver. But I haven't dived in ages :-(

52. Kissed in the rain passionately

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in – oh man, it's been ages. Do they still exist?

55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Joined a prayer group – now why would I want to do such a thing?

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies

62. Gone whale watching whales!

63. Received flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten caviar

72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job – is 'laid off' the same as 'fired'?

76. Seen the changing of the guards in London – don't remember if I did or not. I've seen it in Oslo, Copenhagen, and Moscow...

77. Broken something extremely expensive

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle – no, but I have been on a speeding ostrich. Why isn't ostrich riding on the list?

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican – nope, and no desire to either...

82. Got a tattoo

83. Been to a coffee shop in Amsterdam – also overrated

84. Seen the aurora borealis in person

85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating – fish are animals...

88. Had chicken pox

89. Saved someone’s life

90. Sat on a jury – have never been asked

91. Met someone famous – I've met lots of famous people but... I CUDDLED WITH A REAL LIVE PENGUIN! So who cares about the famous people? :-P

92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one – boo!

94. Toured the UN – both in New York and in Geneva

95. Hiked to Machu Picchu – probably won't make it there before I turn 40 :-/

96. Swam in the Indian Ocean – I put my feet in the Indian Ocean. Does that count?

97. Conversed with someone when neither of you spoke each others language – waving your hands around like a bunch of chimps works perfectly fine ;-)

98. Dirty danced

99. Been stung by a bee

100. Acted in a play

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