Okay, not really. I just liked the sound of it and I thought maybe it would get you to open the page. Besides, Paul Simon already did that one and, I might add, he did a fantastic job.
No, this post is actually a collection of 50 things to do in 2012. I have a best friend who told me about this list that she makes most years. The idea is to compose a list of 50 things that you want to do in the new year. Not resolutions (I resolve to do whatever sounds so hostile) but rather intentions, as in, I intend to make these things happen. Not 10 things, not 20 or 30 things , but 50 things. Fifty things because it is hard to go past the first 10 or 20 things and the more you have to dig the more you might come to something new and/or meaningful. I'm not supposed to stall around on the list either. Just supposed to have had it. Here goes:
1. Go out to the beach at least once a month.
2. Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.
3. Make time to paint weekly.
4. Explore the world of ipads.
5. Visit Alex in San Francisco.
6. Continue to do weekend morning bike rides.
7. Think twice before I buy anything that is not consumable.
8. Embrace the trip to Alaska in June.
9. Remember that life is short and then you die.
10. Continue to walk or ride my bike to work whenever possible.
12. Make time for seeing and supporting my mother as she moves through her 90th year.
13. Laugh more.
14. Let my eyes shine more.
15. Make just three minutes more a day to stretch my body.
16. Embrace the trip to NYC in April.
17. Be more kind to myself.
18. Not whine about the weather.
19. Plan a birthday party for Meg in April.
20. Send birthday cards to all my siblings (not just an email or phone call - a snail mail card).
21. Accept with curiosity (as opposed to resentment) the jury summons for 1/23.
22. Give blood at least 4 times during 2012 (at least if they let me donate).
23. Go to the Farmer's Market here in town at least every other week.
24. Pay attention to the rules and decide for myself if I want to follow them.
25. Remember the person that I wanted to be.
26. Order new walking shoes so that I don't wreck my knees even more.
27. Take a look again at a daily meditation habit.
28. Write, write, and write some more.
29. Recognize that the moment is all that I have - not the past, not the future, the moment now.
30. Breathe and pause when necessary.
32. Take Ellie for a neighborhood walk at least two afternoons a week.
33. Take more photographs.
34. Go up to Bell Springs in the summertime.
35. Say no when I want to say no.
36. Drink more water.
37. Get reacquainted with my mind. We've drifted apart.
38. Be playful again.
39. Take another solitary road trip.
40. Go to Ohio.
41. Repot the house plants.
43. Look at people's faces. Really look at them.
44. Have fun getting dressed in the morning.
45. Lighten up.
46. Read at some time other than right before I go to sleep.
47. Pay even more attention to what Meg says.
48. Write more love letters.
49. Test drive the new VW Beetle.
50. Be open to adventure, novelty, and change.