I need a pause so that I may suck in my breath dramatically.
Thank you. I think that helped a little.
Yes, I know that 29 is not old, that I have plenty more years ahead of me (well, probably — I mean, I've cheated death so many times now that I'm starting to think that I might be part cockroach), and that birthdays are not the enemy. But, I still am having a hard time realizing that the twenties are almost over. I mean, where did the time go? And how did it go so quickly?
I used to make lists of things to do each year, and I got out of the practice after completely failing at the list I made before turning 26. This year, however, in honor of 29 being the last year of my twenties, I have made a list of twenty things to do before my twenties are over (sort of a 'bucket list'):
- Go to Ireland. See the original Book of Kells, Skellig Michael, Christ Church Cathedral, Trinity College, and about a dozen other sites.
- Go to 桂林 (Guilin), one of the most beautiful places in China.
- Go to 云南 (Yunnan) province.
- Pass the HSK 4.
- Pass the HSK 5.
- Learn to crochet.
- Get a dog.
- Finish editing and publishing Sidhe Eyes.
- Write my second novel.
- Start my second master's degree (an M.Ed. this time).
- Write a textbook.
- Read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in Chinese.
- Figure out Evernote.
- Try a hobby that I've never tried before.
- Eat a fruit that I've never seen before.
- Lose the weight that I gained in grad school.
- Decorate my next apartment. (I have avoided this in the past two apartments.)
- Make my own cookbook of recipes that can 'easily' be made in China.
- Start keeping a journal again.
- Have a qípáo made.