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By Ginger Truitt

Last Wednesday, my younger sister completed her 30x30 list; a list of thirty items she wanted to accomplish by the age of thirty.  Friends and family cheered from the sidelines, occasionally joining her adventures as I did when she went zip lining. 

As her 30th birthday drew near, we waited with bated breath to see if she would manage to read all of “War and Peace,” play Blackjack in Vegas, and try out for a community theater production.  In true Libbi style, she finished the book with three days to spare, came out $150 ahead at the Blackjack table, and scored the role of Arwen in the Milk Building’s upcoming production “The Farce of the Rings.” 

She has inspired many folks, including myself, to create lists.  There are things I say I want to do, but since I’m a “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of gal it is unlikely I will ever accomplish them without a plan.  So, I decided to work on a list for my next milestone birthday which is…choke…fifty! 

I turn forty-four on December 20th, so I will make that the official launch date of my 50x50.  I am still working on the list, and am open to suggestions.  Here are a few of the items I am thinking of including:

See all five Great Lakes (I actually only have one to go!)

Go skydiving (with a functioning parachute)

Visit German ancestral town

Hold a frog (to overcome my crippling fear)

Have a book published

Be able to comfortably wear every single item of clothing in my closet (this might involve throwing out everything except for sweatpants and scarves)

Ride a bicycle built for two

Ride a unicycle

Ride a Beer Bike (I just realized I have no desire to do any type of serious cycling)

Sing Karaoke (publicly announcing this makes me very uncomfortable)

Collect honey from a hive

Learn to knit and make a new scarf to go with my sweatpants

Go to the beach without kids

Observe the embalming process

Ride zip lines in at least three different states

Drive across the country

Have our family portrait made (church directory doesn’t count)

Have a recipe published in Taste of Home magazine

Read the Bible through

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Times Square, Berlin, Sydney, or Tokyo

Participate in a swim with the Polar Bear Club

Release a message in a bottle

Take a story telling workshop

Take dance lessons with hubby

Go platinum blonde for a (short)period of time

   If you have created a list, I would love to hear about it! Or if you have any suggestions for mine, please, email them to me at ginger@gingertruitt.com.  It is hard to come up with fifty things, but I think that’s because the older I get, the more often my mind is blank.  I took the liberty of borrowing one from my sister’s new 35x35 list: Stomp grapes.  For a little sister, she certainly does set a good example!

Ginger is an author, speaker, and mother of five.  Find her on Facebook (Ginger Truitt-Author), Twitter (@GingerTruitt) or her website http://www.gingertruitt.com.