A milestone is coming.
In 600 days I turn 40.
There are a lot of jokes around turning forty and cliches too. I’m ready for them. The lover of bad puns and dad jokes in me will relish them. But stereotypes and jokes come from somewhere. There is truth in the humor.
From what I hear: my body won’t respond like it used to, my sight will start to go, I’ll put on weight, and I’ll be an old dog who can’t learn new tricks. I know it can’t be all that bad and 40 is the new 30 and age brings grace, etc. etc. But I feel like the people that benefit from 40 are the people that are prepared.
This is why I’m launching Project 600. I have 600 days to hit 40 ready for the next four decades. If I want to see my kids turn 40 I have some work to do.
Project 600 has a few facets:
1. Get in Shape
I’m 245 lbs. This is stupid. At 200 I’d still be too heavy. Time to…
- eat better
- lift weights
- do cardio
I don’t have to do it all at once. I have 600 days. But the days will go fast, so I need start now.
2. Read More
I used to be pretty well read. I was an English Major! I read GOD DAMN IT! But not so much the last few years. I’ve been too tired, to distracted by the golden age of TV, I have two young kids, and other such excuses.
- Read, on average, a book a week
- It can’t all be schlock. I need some good literature, some classics, some <gasp> non-fiction.
I do spend almost all day long on a computer. My eyes are pretty tired by the end of the day. So “reading” might be “listening” but audio books are awesome and they definitely count!
3. Learn New Skills
I love learning how to do new things. I’d rather collect skills than things (unless those things are tools to do the skills… I have a serious tools problem. #4 should probably be “Get Help for My Tools Addiction”, but won’t be).
I can code pretty well. I smoke meat. I cook in general. I’m a passable wood-worker. But it’s been a while since I’ve learned other skills and I could take the ones I have to new heights. I’m going to up my game. I’m going to get a sash and collect some merit badges.
Here’s just a few I know I want to learn:
- Leather working
- 3D Design
- CNC work
And many more!
4. Write a Something
A book? A regular blog? A board game? A history? I don’t know. It doesn’t matter. The medium might be the message or it might not. Either way, I’m going to write. I love world building and exploring characters. I need to do it. I don’t need to be done. Let’s be practical: I only have 600 days. But I’m going to start.
5. Finish a Half Finished Code Project
I have 5 half finished code projects. I have umpteen half baked ideas with skeletal code. I have scattered post-its, evernote notes, and thoughts on my phone of other ones. I’m going to pick one. I’m going to get it live. I’m going to professionalize it. I’m going to be proud of it.