Happy Birthday to Me

As I started thinking about what to write in my very narcissistic post wishing myself a happy birthday some lyrics from a new Ryan Hamilton & the Traitors song popped in to my head: I’m still not clean, and I’m not sober, I’m just a little bit smarter and a whole lot older” While I am clean and I am sober(usually) I am pretty smart and I am a whole lot older. 

A lot has happened since my last birthday. I changed jobs, leaving the place I had worked for 15 years. I lost my mom. I went to California and went para sailing and lived to tell about it. The United States lost its mind and elected Donald Trump as president. Only two  of those things listed(I said a lot and listed a few. Maybe I’m not so smart) are a  positive and one of the positives(the new job) had some negatives(leaving friends). Hopefully, this upcoming year will be one where the positives outweigh the negatives.

It’s hard to believe that it’s now been 30 years since I turned 18. My 30 year high school reunion is this summer. How did that happen? I don’t feel like I could be 48. Sure, I’m tired more now. I go to bed earlier and wake up earlier. I spend a lot more time at home and hardly any time at all “out on the town.” But I don’t feel old. I just feel boring. Maybe in my case they are the same thing. Maybe I should work on that.

I am inching closer and closer to an empty nest, 50 years old and soon after, retirement. I hope I am inching closer and closer to being a 50 year old empty nester/retiree who spends his time doing fun, active things and not one that watches a lot of TV alone. So, my goal as a 48 year old is to be a 48 year old who does more fun things out of the house. My goal is to be a 48 year old who makes the effort to see his friends he left at his old branch so they remain his friends(if y’all are reading this let’s have coffee/drinks sometime). My goal is to be a 48 year old who is an inspiration and not a cautionary tale. But, my immediate goal for my 4 day weekend(thank you HCLS for birthday leave!) is to eat a lot of free food I got for signing up for restaurant email lists.

 

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Day 29: Goooooal!

Day 29 wants me to wrote my goals for the next thirty days. I guess this means I need to make goals for the next thirty days? I’m not really a goal setting person. That might explain why I am a fat, out of shape man who has been in the same job for the past 20 years. Hmm. Maybe I should have thought about setting goals 20 years ago. My goals:

  1. Take my birthday leave on a day when the library is actually open and not closed for snow. This is really out of my control. I can’t change the weather. I’m only responsible for the black cloud that is always over me.
  2. Eat all of the free food I get for my birthday because I signed up for email alerts from restaurants. That will contribute to the fatness, but why change now.
  3. Read enough books to stay on track for my goal of 100 books read this year.
  4. Get people to sign up for my adult recess event at the library.
  5. Get people to come to the parent & teen book club at the library.
  6. Stop eating the candy that is ever present at work. I actually started this goal last week. So far I have been successful. This is just the candy. I will still eat donuts, cake, etc if offered. I’m not stupid.
  7. Post on the blog at least twice a week after the writing challenge is over. I would say every day, but do people really need that? I think not.
  8. Go see a movie at the theater. I love going to the movies, but never go. If I achieve goal #1 I will do it on that day.
  9. World domination.

Check back on 3/ 10 to see if I was able to accomplish any of these.