Monday, August 27, 2007
What's on your life list?
Earlier today a good friend (and fellow Chitown thirtysomething) sent me a link to a New York Times article on life lists. You know them – those lists in which people document all those big and small to-dos they hope to check off before they check out. There are even websites (shocker) that help you create your list and share it with others who can presumably encourage you, copy you and perhaps laugh at you behind your e-back. One such website is http://www.43things.com/, which has 1.2 million members. Tops on their list? To lose weight. But wait… how does this work? Do you lose a pound and check that one off only to gain five pounds next weekend after eating two dozen gulab jamuns? Hmm. Also won’t my life list at thirtysomething be different from my life list at seventysomething? Maybe I allow myself to add 20 items every decade? And should the items be more ambitious (eradicate poverty) or practical (get a seat on the 134 bus) in nature? Clearly I’ve got something thinking to do. So before I make my life list, I’m going to make my how-to-make-a-life-list list. Then it will be full steam ahead, and #1 on my list will be to spend less time on this damn blog.