On my 32nd birthday, I wrote a list, 33 things to tick off before I turn 33. My Super Mega Birthday List. As my 33rd birthday looms ever closer, I decided to dust it off and see how much I need to cram in over the next three months. Turns out, it’s quite a lot.
The Super Mega Birthday List – Turning 33 edition
- Finish my reading list
- Go horseback riding
- Start my novel
- Be able to run 10k’s
- Get a proper bra fitting done
- Quit smoking
Write and send a handwritten letter
- Print out my photos and put them in albums
Stumble across an unknown waterfall
- Stay up all night talking to someone
- Get a professional massage
- Visit a museum in every new town I visit
Master making rocky road Tell someone who inspires me that they inspire me and why Fly a kite
- Finish all my unfinished cross stitches
- Have a kiss in the rain
- Learn all the lyrics to Rap God
Get up early enough to see the sunrise
- Write in my journal every day
Take all unwanted clothes to a charity shop
- Find and stick with an exercise routine
- Have a fire on the beach and roast marshmallows
- Have a backwards dinner
- Go out for a fancy dinner
- Go to a local gig or festival
Bake bread from scratch Climb a mountain
- Gamble at a casino
Win a competition Go camping
- Have a girls weekend
One for luck Stargaze in the middle of nowhere
Three months isn’t too short to tick off the rest, is it?
Never allow waiting to become a habit. Live your dreams and take risks. Life is happening now.
The idea behind the Super Mega Birthday List
The super mega birthday list was coined by a friend who made one a few years ago, we have lost touch now so I don’t know if she achieved it or made a new one on the following birthday. I thought it was a great idea to be accountable, spend a year making lots of small achievements and have a bit of fun along the way.
The daily grind took over and the list promptly got forgotten about. The poor list got folded up, stuffed in the back of my notebook and only saw the light a couple of times over the last 9 months. This being an adult business kinda sucks sometimes.
The memory bank
That’s life though, isn’t it? We make all these big plans (or lots of small ones), promptly get lost in the daily grind and all our plans get lost in the background. Life should be more than just working and the daily routine. I want to tick off the rest of my Super Mega Birthday List before my birthday and make a new one for my next birthday year. All those little moments and achievements fill our memory banks. My memory bank is more important to me than my money bank.
This list represents what’s important to me, the little moments that make up life. The things in between the big events. I have big goals and plans but I’m holding them close to my chest and working on them in the background. I don’t believe that I have to announce them to the world to feel like that they are important. Quietly they will come to fruition. This blog is about making the small moments count, living your daily life positively and with intention.
When we fill our memory banks, we are depositing fulfilment, memories, experiences, stories to tell, happiness, lessons, excitement and many other positive adjectives into our bank. Isn’t that more important than money?
Ok, granted money does make life more comfortable, but the majority of the things on my list are free or cost very little. It’s all about spending time with people I love, doing things that I love (or have to do *cough* exercise). You don’t need to spend money to make memories.
Encouraging children to make the most of the small moments
Miss 9 and Mr 11 each made a Super Mega Birthday List. Mr 11 immediately lost interest afterwards, well, if we are being honest, he lost interest while writing it. But Miss 9 wrote hers (all in pretty colours. Obvs) and meticulously ticked it all off. Pretty much straight away and her birthday was still months away. She was well proud of herself though and is looking forward to making a new one next month when she turns 10.
Making the lists with the children was a great bonding experience, talking about all the fun things they wanted to do, all the things they wanted to achieve over the next year was a great insight into their minds. It also gave us a chance to make some plans that they actually wanted to do. Things they wanted to experience and learn.
I think it is important to encourage children to make the most of the smaller moments. Teach them that they count just as much, if not more than the sporadic big moments that happen once in a blue moon. If you don’t enjoy the small, everyday moments then you’re always going to be looking forward.
Make some deposits in your own memory bank
Making your own Super Mega Birthday List is not only good fun, but it enables you to make lots of small (or large) achievements throughout the year. View the list as kind of like New Years Resolutions but not quite. It’s more like a personal to-do list with a deadline. Think of all the fun things you can do in a year, think of all the things that you have always wanted to do but never gotten around to, think of all the things you want to achieve. Now is the chance to do them.
Plus, lists are fun to make.
But don’t be like me and stuff it away then forget about it. Put it on your fridge or wall, somewhere where you will see it often, as a reminder you have stuff to do, things to tick off (insert fist pump here). Annnd puff your chest out all proud like when you cross them off. When you see your list daily (or regularly) and see the number of ticks or crossing outs a sense of achievement will fill you each time you see it out of the corner of your eye. That’s gotta be a good thing, doesn’t it?
So go and fill your memory bank. Trust me, you will thank yourself for it.
Tell me in the comments what’s on your to-do list. What do you want to achieve before your next birthday?
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