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Burning the list

Burning the list

I spent this weekend trying to come up with an arbitrary list of 40 life goals to achieve before I turn 40.

I wasn’t successful.

A list of goals is meaningless. There is no value. I won’t be the same person in a year, let alone six. Everything left unfulfilled by the time I turn 40 will feel like a failure, even if I decide to cut it from the list.

I keep coming back to a beautiful line from Passion of the Nerd’s Wild at Heart essay.

But life articulated falls somewhere on a spectrum between pull tab to open, and poetry.

I don’t want to spend my life marking items from my to-do list.

I want to live it.

Published by M.A. Brotherton

M.A. Brotherton is a writer, blogger, artist, and fat-kid from the suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri. He’s tasted a little bit of everything the Midwest has to offer, ranging from meth-tweaking rednecks in massive underground cave complexes to those legendary amber waves of grain. When he’s not writing, he spends most of his time screwing around on the internet.

One thought on “Burning the list”

  1. thebackyardpoet says:

    Well said. Fill your life with adventure and don’t worry about the past. It’s gone and there is nothing anyone can do about it.

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