40 Before 40

I have goals…or I should at least.  I’ve seen lots of “30 Before 30” lists (it’s too late for that), but never any “40 Before 40” lists.  I’m sure they’re out there somewhere, but it’s almost like people think life just stops after 30.  I don’t have enough stuff to put on here yet, so I’ll keep adding to it when I can.  I’m aiming for a good mix of really ambitious stuff and silly things that I just keep meaning to do, but don’t because I’m a lazy person.  Luckily, I’ve still got some time to complete this list.

  1. Finish grad school                                                                                               -DONE
  2. See the Mass Games in north Korea
  3. Go to Kim Il Sung’s 105th birthday party
  4. Visit Bhutan                                                                                                         -DONE
  5. Learn to play the piano somewhat decently
  6. Have a garden and grow my own vegetables
  7. Visit some of China’s ghost towns.                                                                      -DONE
  8. Learn another language, I’m thinking Danish or Japanese (round 2, for real this time)
  9. Get another cat and name it Kat Jung Il
  10. Go to Bali!
  11. Try pole dancing.  I apologize in advance for how awkward that will be.          -DONE
  12. Live in another country
  13. Foster some stray doggehs and kittehs
  14. Achieve suitcase packing enlightenment, the art of never packing too much or too little
  15. Do one of those humanitarian tourism trips to fight human trafficking
  16. See the Northern Lights
  17. Hug a panda (steal a panda and raise it as my own?)
  18. Finish Henry Kissinger’s “On China”
  19. Pet a sloth
  20. Visit an Ikea in China                                                                                           -DONE
  21. Learn to do the splits
  22. Finish this list!
  23. Complete a photo essay
  24. Successfully raise an orchid without killing it
  25. Learn Russian
  26. Get a job I actually like
  27. Master the art of frequent flier programs – such bullshit!
  28. Work my way back up to running 5 miles straight with no knee pain
  29. Finish reading The Kite Runner in Chinese                                                         -DONE
  30. Sky Dive                                                                                                               -DONE
  31. Go on a safari!
  32. Be able to do 10 pull-ups
  33. ?
  34. ?
  35. ?
  36. ?
  37. ?
  38. ?
  39. ?
  40. ?

Anyone have any other good ideas?


6 thoughts on “40 Before 40

    • Ha, yeah…IKEA seems daunting. I’ve seen too many pics online of the madness that typifies a Chinese IKEA and I guess I just haven’t worked up the courage yet. ☺️


      • Hahaha, come on, it’s not that bad, you should try if you have any Ikea store nearby (but maybe not on a weekend as it will be too crowded). You will see with your own eyes the people sleeping in the beds and sofas! I am quite amazed I have never seen anyone trying to use the display toilets 😀


      • I won’t be able to avoid it forever since I’m moving to Shanghai in the fall and will need to get a new apartment. I’m sure there will be a few things I need to buy. I suppose going on a weekday would be a good way to balance out the stress of crowd surfing, but still allow me to observe some good old fashioned Chinese weirdness. Maybe when I’m there I’ll ask an employee if anyone has used the display toilets. I’m sure it’s happened!


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