As some of you know, I’ve spent the last few months trying to come up with something special to do as I turn 25. I got the idea after stumbling across Julia C. Smith’s “28 before 29″ project interviewing her friends/mentors. I felt like 25 was a good year for a project because it’s my quarter century, it’s RIGHT NOW, and I’ve always felt like 25 would be a very cool age.
I kept leaning towards doing 25 new things (it’s VERY hard to get good, creative ones as PROJECT52 demonstrated) or doing 25 of something (jello shots was suggested, but seemed dangerous). Instead I realized that I do very frequently get swept up in doing a whatever is new and exciting, and very rarely take the time to stop and think about all the things I should do continuously.
So I decided that in the month before I turn 25 (Jan 9 – Feb 9) I want to do 25 things that I hope to continue doing for the rest of my life. They can be simple, or hard, but they’re all things I want to continue to do forever. In fact, the majority of them are simple things that I tend to overlook. I’m hoping that doing them as part of this project will remind me to continue doing them. I’ll try to write about them as I go, too.
This post is effectively #1 even though I’m posting it way after I started the project, so I’ve already done: 1, 5, 7, 8, 9, 14, 16, 17, 20, 21, and 22. I’m about halfway there.
- Write an explanation about turning 25 (and this project).
- Try out a new type of exercise.
- Cook or try a food I’ve never had before.
- Eat a nice meal in a restaurant, with friends.
- Discover and listen to a new band.
- Sleep a full night’s sleep (8+ hours).
- Read two books: one fiction, one non-fiction.
- Email someone I admire.
- Call someone important that I haven’t talked to lately.
- Launch a Kickstarter project.
- Go to a play.
- Go to a museum.
- Do something nice for Tom.
- Give a talk.
- Talk to someone I haven’t in a LONG time.
- Actively think about my bucket list.
- Call my family.
- Spend a day without technology.
- Spend time thinking about BIG problems.
- Help someone who asks for a favor.
- Watch something that makes me think.
- Bake cupcakes.
- Thoughtfully drink a cup of tea.
- Write a letter to myself to be read on my 26th birthday.