41 Things: A Year of Somethings New
- Published: Friday, 14 February 2014 00:36
- Written by Mariesa
The year I was 31, I challenged myself to do 31 things I had never done before, and then made a painstakingly detailed scrapbook chronicling the year and the experiences. I have never done another scrapbook, but each year when it gets close to my birthday, I still try to reflect on the 365 days that have passed. Below are 41 things I did between my 41st and 42nd birthdays that were either for the first time, or for the first time in a long, long while.
Thank you to Gary for giving me several gifts that helped make some of these experiences possible, and for his support all year - and always. Thanks to Paula for the inspiration to do some of these. And thank you to Jim, Baby Aaron, Chopper John and Antowyne - your precious, painful and powerful stories prompted me to do the last two, by reminding me just how crucially important it is to give the gift of life.
1. Took an art class, Drawing/Painting from a Photograph at Spokane Art School, specifically
2. Cooked with curry. Meh.
3. Joined the Y
4. Registered for a Sprint triathlon
5. Stopped putting time and energy into relationships where the effort isn’t reciprocated
6. Bought a cow
7. Bought 10 chickens
8. Got a second freezer
9. Invited myself to a friend’s house – for a week
10. Had wine overlooking Sequoia National Park
11. Toured Paso Robles
12. Stopped denying my weight and hired a professional to help me dress appropriately for my size
13. Spent time alone with my dad
15. Stopped equating protein with meat
16. Became a mother-in-law
17. Met our youngest nephew
18. Got back on a bike
19. Framed newspaper articles that are about us and/or our successes – and hung them
20. Rappelled down a 20-story building for Special Olympics Washington
21. Told the story of my daughter’s life – and her death – to explain why I support Special Olympics Washington
22. Raised $2025 for that cause. And was the top fundraiser.
23. Was appointed to the Arts Commission
24. Read only non-fiction, aside from two books by Jess Walter that I read in advance of Humanities Washington’s Bedtime Stories, where Jess was doing a reading and my husband was the emcee.
25. Got a seaweed and mineral mud bath. It felt like my skin was bubbling and farting, and I’m pretty sure I still smell like the marina in Old Towne Portsmouth.
26. Volunteered for a LGBT youth center
27. Made the walls in my office black
28. Sent all Christmas packages out by the first week of December
29. Mailed holiday cards to 20 people I barely know in hopes of turning acquaintances into new friends
30. Cooked our Thanksgiving turkey in an oil-less fryer
31. Bought a Food Saver – and use it constantly
32. Made a picture using pastels
33. Got a client placement in a holiday shopping guide in Penthouse
34. Proofread, edited and contributed to an author’s first novel
35. Finally realized that forgiveness is about me
36. Restored an antique piece of furniture – my grandparent’s nightstand
37. Drove to the top of a mountain
38. Had the courage to get out of the car and walk to the edge of it
39. Made all of our laundry detergent instead of buying it
40. Donated plasma and red blood cells regularly
41. Joined the national bone marrow donor registry