(In case you’re wondering, I have decided to use numbers in all of my post titles from now on.
Today, I am 38. I don’t really know how I feel about 38. 38 is awfully close to 40, but 40 doesn’t seem as daunting and scary as I once thought; now 40 seems like the age when I will be really and truly grown up and settled in my skin. I like the idea of 40, so the idea of 38 isn’t so bad. It is a bit hard to believe that I have actually lived for 38 years, and even harder still to believe the fact that there are many parts of those years I don’t remember. Earlier years of my life are particularly fuzzy around the edges, and I find it harder to remember things all of the time. How sad to think that parts of my life have already slipped away from memory, and even sadder to think that this will only get worse as I get older.
Now that I’ve sufficiently made us all depressed about aging, how about a shift?
About a month ago, my therapist asked me if there was anything I wanted to do that I haven’t done, and I immediately answered, “Go skydiving.” She loved that idea and encouraged me to look into it and make it happen. I got excited, got online, and then I got disappointed. The thing you may not know about skydiving is that there’s a weight limit. And guess what? I exceed that limit. My heart sank when I read the words, and then the familiar sensation of disgust took over. I can’t even pay money to throw myself out of an airplane because I’m too fat! While I could choose to throw myself a huge pity party about this (and I may have done so for a few days), I have been thinking of other ways to celebrate turning 38. I thought about making a list of 38 goals to accomplish, but since my track record of achieving yearly goals has been abysmal, I felt like 38 goals might be overkill. However, I do think that I could manage a smaller list of goals, so I decided to pick something I’d like to do for 38 consecutive days. If I pick 5 goals to try one at a time for 38 days each, that will get me through more than half of the year. Then I can either add new ones or repeat these over again. I like the idea of adding good habits to my life through “streaking,” and hopefully after 38 days each of these actions will become habits and a part of my everyday life.
Here are my goals, in no particular order:
- Drink 8 glasses of water a day.
- Pray for a different unreached people group every day.
- Offer a specific word of encouragement to someone, either written or verbal, every day.
- Read 3 chapters from the Bible every day.
- Establish a social media bedtime.
All of these goals represent things that are meaningful to me: physical health, the gospel, relationships, spiritual health, and boundaries. They are areas of my life that I want to continue to develop and grow, and such growth only happens with intentional planning. I am probably going to start with the 4th goal since my spiritual health is one of my top priorities, and I have been lazy about Bible reading recently. Reading the Bible every day is something I aspire to but don’t always achieve, but I’m hoping that getting 38 days of solid reading behind me will help cement this as a daily routine.
If you could do something every day for 38 days, what would it be?
And don’t worry; next year I am definitely going skydiving!