So, a little while back my friend Plae posted the start of a "30 by 30" list: thirty goals she wanted to accomplish before she turns 30. And I, in a comment -- not only instructed her to ditch #4 ("get a passport") because it was, in my view, not really an appropriate entry for the list* -- but also promised to come up with my own list.
So, late as always (Plae's list has now expanded from less than 10, if I recall correctly, to 29), I give you...
Piggy's 40 by 40
- Get out of debt.
- Knit a lace shawl.
- Learn to speak French well enough to have a "real" conversation.
- Visit at least one of the following: Machu Picchu, Timbuktu, Angkor Wat, Petra, the Colosseum/Coliseum (Rome), Uluru.
- Run a marathon (ok, half-marathon). Ideally, this one.
- Let down my walls and trust one person completely.
- Finish my degree.
- Learn how to spin.
- Jump from an airplane. (A flying one. While wearing a parachute.)
- Get my motorcycle licence.
- Knit a Fair Isle sweater. In pieces. And seam it up.
- Get a tattoo.
- Design something knitted, and make the pattern available to other knitters.
- Actually have savings in my savings account.
(But feel free to suggest additions -- or subtractions! -- to the list.)
What's on your list?
*In my defence, Plae did solicit readers' opinions. Mine, which was not universally appreciated, is that assuming one is a citizen and fortunate enough to have the necessary funds on hand, obtaining a passport is a fairly simple, if a tad inconvenient (queueing up at the Passport Office at 7 a.m. and then waiting to be served for ages, is, I admit, not a thrilling way to spend a morning), task, rather than an accomplishment worthy of significant goal-setting. A dream journey, on the other hand: definitely goal-worthy. I did not -- and do not -- believe, or mean to suggest, that not having a passport is a bad thing.