What I Will do This Year

I celebrated my 37th birthday yesterday. I have to say – birthdays are getting less fun with each passing year. It’s not just that I’m getting older. Rather, some part of me can’t help but feel as if I should have a greater sense of direction, more wisdom, more to show. These days, my birthday triggers an existential crisis, leaving me to ask what am I doing with my life?

To help myself overcome this intense birthday navel-gazing, I like to set some personal intentions. It’s a way to give myself that direction I’m craving. It’s also a way to honour the fact that I have a whole new year stretched out before me, and I can use it however I see fit. Instead of lamenting what I haven’t done in my 37 years on earth so far, I’m going to think about what I want to do.

For the past two years, I’ve made birthday resolutions. I’ve had about a 50/50 success rate. I think that’s to be expected, especially given that things change over the course of a year. Still, even at a 50/50 success rate, I’m bringing a whole lot of things into my life that I didn’t have the year before. In any case, the list is more about aspirations or ideas, than writing a to-do list I must complete. It’s about setting a tone, if you will. So without further ado, here’s my list for this year.

Me on my 37th Birthday

What I Will do at 37

  • Renovate my house, so that it better suits my needs.
  • Buy a bicycle.
  • Sing.
  • Go on a women’s art retreat.
  • Write.
  • Do yoga.
  • Spend more time with my hands in the dirt.
  • Eat less sugar.
  • Read more books.
  • Teach my daughter Hannah to use the sewing machine.
  • Send my son Jacob to kindergarten.
  • Learn how to make fabulous iced tea.
  • Play fewer video games.
  • Give my kids their own household chores.
  • Allow myself to just experience what it’s like to have both of my children in school all day, before making a bunch of plans to fill up the time.
  • Go on at least one fun family outing a month.
  • Try kayaking.
  • Not beat myself up if I don’t do everything on this list.

What do you want to do with your next year on earth? I love it if you’d play along in honour of my birthday!

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  1. I’m 37 too. πŸ™‚
    This year, though it’s not on any list, I learned to snorkel(!)
    We’re still young, you & I.

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  2. I know a good bike shop, I can help with the kayak stuff, and I so agree with the savouring your kids both being in school full time before going crazynuts with busy projects. And I’ve got eleven years on you – what am I doing with my life???? cough
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  3. Happy Birthday! Well I’m sure you’ll be sucessful on several of those points… Jacob will go to Kindergarten!

    Hmmm… in this next year …. well I just ran a half-marathon and I’m a little reluctant to up that one…. we all know how that works! (skinny old lady in tights… cough)…

    We do have a cross-Canada trip planned for summer so if I survive that venture, I may be able to think about what’s after that!
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  4. Ha! Once again you are older than me! πŸ™‚ Happy Birthday!

    I want to knock off this extra weight I’ve been carrying around (I’ve been talking about it for years, literally), and do more writing and more yoga and exercise in general. Also, figuring out this meditation thing.
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  5. Happy 3-7! I will be 37 in a couple of weeks so I know how you’re feeling! All I have to add is my surprise that you spend time playing video games. REALLY??!!! Not a lot of moms do that, so it definitely gives you extra “cool” points πŸ™‚ Good luck with everything on the list!

    • Well, I only play video games on my phone. Like, Angry Birds and the like. I’m not sure how ‘cool’ those are. But I’ll take anything I can get at this point. πŸ˜‰

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