I love lists, anyway, so it wasn't that much of a stretch for me.
The box has a list of "18 Things to Do Before You're 18."
The list, verbatim:
1. Ride the world's biggest rollercoaster.
2. Bungee jump.
3. Score the winning goal/basket. (Never happened for me, and never will. It's OK that I suck at sports.)
4. Win an award, trophy, or prize.
5. Learn an instrument. (eh... overrated)
6. Go backstage at a gig. (Just be sure to watch your drink the whole time.)
7. Meet your idol.
8. Play a part in your favorite TV show. (How exactly do they expect the young'uns to manage this one?)
9. Meet someone with your own name. (Lame.)
10. Make a discovery. (See note by #8.)
11. Get away with the perfect practical joke.
12. Own a pointless collection.
13. Invent a word that makes it into the dictionary. (Once again, see note by #8.)
14. Conquer your biggest fear.
15. Raise money for charity.
16. Pass your driving test the first time. (Sort of too late for me on this one.)
17. Complete a road trip coast to coast. (Uh. Really? See notes by #6 and #8.)
18. Reach 18 years of age -- yes!!!
(Under #18, it actually says-- a direct quote: "Embrace old age." WHAT?!)
Since I'm the ripe old age of 32, I decided to make my own list of 40 Things to Do Before I'm 40.
But as I was making the list, I realized, it was way too long.
Let's focus. Let's narrow.
So here are the 4 Things to Do Before I'm 40.
1. Get a literary agent.
2. Publish my novel.
3. Go on a book tour.
4. Get healthy/lower my body mass index.
All of those things are totally possible. Maybe even probable. I think first I'll work simultaneously on the health/BMI thing and the getting an agent thing.
I hope that soon I'll be able to say: Done, and done.