It seems strange to me now to think about how I have to unlearn how I lived in my 20s to really live now.
As cool as it would have been turning 33 on 11/11/11, I suppose it will be just as meaningful happening on 11/11/12. I was re-reading through last year’s birthday post earlier in the week, reflecting on what I would like to write this year. Oddly, I didn’t write on my birthdays before last year, so this is a new trend that is starting.
The cliche thing to do would be to write about “33 Things You Don’t Know About Me” or “33 Life Lessons I Have Learned Through the Year,” but I am never one to fit in with the popular trends. While thinking more about how I have been unlearning things about life to enjoy life more the past few years, I came to the realization of how much more meaningful it is to have those mysteries in life, those things you simply can’t know about.
Growing up, I devoured books to learn as much as I could. Now, it’s devouring things on the internet through searches, watching YouTube videos, and constantly consuming. Even with as much information I have been swallowing up, there are still things I will never know about and now I never want to know about them.
- The thoughts and emotions that went through my ancestors’ minds when they boarded ships to leave Europe for the United States.
- What it feels like to fall from space and surpass the speed of sound.
- What the view is like from the tallest peaks of the world.
- What the horses down the road think about when they gaze out at me and my daughter walking past.
- Which man was responsible for putting hot dogs within pizza crust.
- Whether the current generation of pre-teenagers are going to think of Justin Bieber as their generation’s Kurt Cobain.
- What the woman posing for Leonardo da Vinci was thinking when he painted the Mona Lisa.
- What the great minds of the past would think of life today.
- What normal person today is going to have their journals and writing discovered 100+ years from now and become well-known.
- What life would have been like if I never left Regina for Syracuse, or stayed in Syracuse another year.
- What is going on in our minds when we are first born.
- What Steve Jobs was experiencing when his final words were, “Wow.”
- Why it is so difficult to let things go from the past.
- How many hearts my daughter will break with her glances and smiles down the road.
- What stories I am missing by not keeping in touch with friends and family like I wish I could.
- How inspirational the classics truly are or all the books lining my shelves.
- Knowing what it’s like to see a ball game in some of the historical fields of the past (Polo Grounds, Tiger Stadium, Comiskey).
- What it’s like to hit a home run, hit a hole in one, swim in the Olympics or run an ultra marathon.
- What technological advances will happen at the end of my daughter’s life and her children’s.
- Whether Shakespeare felt love in different ways than the rest and how he showed it to his wife.
- What our world was really like before populations exploded and the amount of life was depleted.
- Who the original bitch was (the person on the receiving end of the phrase) and what they did to deserve it.
- What my life would be like if I stayed in theatre.
- What my life would be like without an easy source to write (i.e. before writing was general knowledge).
- What percentage of the world’s population find themselves laying in bed at night thinking about life.
- How many delicacies of the world I’m missing out on now and will never get to taste.
- Whether my insatiable curiosity is nurtured from birth or whether it is there at birth.
- How many people read this site and enjoy it.
- What my daughter will think 20-30 years from now when she reads the archives or whether she will be able to.
- What people far in the future will think of us sharing images of cats, images with huge captions written across them, or people dancing to Gangnam Style.
- Whether I will look through the thousands of pictures I have in the future and remember the details as clearly as my grandparents do now while in their 80s.
- Why my daughter refuses to sleep during the times I want her to but finds a way to doze off when I don’t want her to.
- What my daughter is thinking when she is smiling at me.
A lengthy list. One that will surely grow as I grow older and give up trying to learn/experience everything that I can.
To finish off, one of my favourite tracks right now: