50 After 50

I take issue with these Before 50 Challenges. Because then what? Wait to die? Wait to retire? Wait to cry over my empty nest? No, what I need is a plan for the second half of life. I present to you my 50 after 50.

  1. See Stephen Colbert live in NYC with boys – Spring 2024
  2. Grand Teton National Park Half Marathon – Summer 2024
  3. Go to Paris with my husband and kiss at the top of the Eiffel Tower – 2029 https://www.goaheadtours.com/guided-tours/london-paris-rome#reviews
  4. Act in a community theater production
  5. Swim with dolphins
  6. Mediterranean Cruise (Greece, Italy) – 2032
  7. Go to Churchill Manor and Napa for 25 th Anniversary – 2037
  8. Finish writing the third book in my trilogy
  9. Have maple syrup in Vermont in the fall
  10. Visit Austin, TX and shop at quirky shops
  11. Visit Australia/New Zealand and hold a koala bear
  12. Move to tiny home in Asheville, NC 2027-2030
  13. Visit Sapphire in Seattle and see a show
  14. See the Northern Lights
  15. Attend a lavish Oscars party for the 100 th Oscars – 2028
  16. Visit White Sands National Park New Mexico
  17. See the covered bridges of Indiana
  18. Walk a full marathon
  19. Do a multi-day hike on the Appalachian Trail
  20. Visit Montreal and have coffee in a cafe
  21. See sloths in Costa Rica
  22. Ride in a gondola in Venice
  23. Spend time with Nick and my grandchildren
  24. Go on a spa/meditation retreat
  25. Join/start a walking group in Asheville
  26. Join/start a creative writing practice group in Asheville
  27. Go on an overnight trip by train
  28. Make a sex painting
  29. Go to Waverly Hills Sanitorium
  30. Puppy or Kitten Yoga
  31. See the pyramids in Egypt
  32. Take tai chi classes
  33. Go on the Sound of Music tour in Austria
  34. Become a bocce ball champion
  35. Participate in the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNC Asheville
  36. Attend or host monthly social events
  37. Spend time every day watching the sunrise and/or sunset
  38. Enjoy slow mornings with coffee
  39. Read the 100 Greatest Novels of all Time
  40. Visit my friend Jamie in Minnesota
  41. Attend Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
  42. Attend Dirty Dancing Festival in Lake Lure
  43. Attend Autumn in Oz Festival
  44. Attend LEAF Festival
  45. Take a Learn to Row class at Asheville Rowing Club
  46. Take an Irish Dancing class
  47. See Iliza Schlesinger live
  48. Have high tea at the Biltmore Estate
  49. See The Book of Mormon
  50. Visit the ocean every year

That ought to keep me busy.


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