Monday, November 5, 2007

not bad

While creating my 101 in 1001 list, I looked at a lot of other lists for inspiration and ideas. One of the things that was immediately apparent to me was that I had already done A LOT of the things that other people still wanted to do. This gave me the idea of making a list of all the neat things that I've done in my life so far. They could be silly things, like "ride a mechanical bull," romantic things, like "take a sunrise hot air balloon ride with someone you love," or amazing things, like "backpack across Europe" (all of which I've done). The thing they'd have in common is that they all might possibly have been on someone's list of goals, regardless of how big, small, silly, or important they might be.

I think that it's often way too easy to get hung up on the things that you haven't done or that you can't currently do--too easy to look at what others have and feel bad about your own life. But maybe by making a list of things that you do have and that you have accomplished, you can realize how great your own life really is. I haven't made my list yet, but I'm starting to mentally take note of the things that would be on it, like the above three examples.

Interestingly enough, this morning I came across this site. I've done 39 of the 100 things listed.

39 at 28 years old? Not bad.


Amie said...

I like that idea. A lot of times as I read all the things that the non-moms, or moms with significantly older kids are doing I feel kind of down about my life. But if I really think about it I have done a lot. On the list, 23 things - with a few others that I could add in a stretch. If you say 30 is apx 1/3 of the way thru life, and consider that our first 10-20 years we didn't really do any of those things, I think that's pretty awesome!

HappyFrau said...

Hey, that is awesome!! You have done a lot in your young life. :-) Can you imagine what more you'll accomplish in your life time? You go Girl!

By the way, the list is not fair. I never intend to grow a beard and leave it for at least a month. ;-)

Polly said...

That's a pretty nifty site. I got 36 out of 100, so not too far behind you. I used to keep a List of Things to Do Before I Bite It, but I can't find it right now (of course). It would be interesting to compare the two.

And I second Frau. No beards for me! Especially when I spent $600 getting laser hair removal for my lip! lol

abbysmom said...

Can we count growing the hair on our legs for one month. I know I have done that, um think last month of PG. :)

Wow, 39 is impressive. I think I have done quite a bit but only had 27.

Hers said...

Love the idea!
I know sometimes I forget all the things I have done in my life when I think of how much I haven't done (like graduate =).) I want to try and get my list together sometime but it will probably have to be after finals.