I cannot believe that it is October already. Tomorrow it will be a week since my birthday. Crazy fast how time flies.
I not only turned older this year. I also marked one year into my 100x40 goals. I made some pretty good progress, but I now only have six years to finish the list. Six years?!?!?! I'm half panicked at the thought of trying to finish these goals in the time I have left, half inspired to work hard and enjoy the journey. Dude, I’m weird like that.
I want to share two goal accomplishments from this summer today. One was a completion. One was progress.
7. Complete Master’s Degree.
This was a big one. In May, I completed the coursework towards a Master’s Degree in Religion – Church Ministries from Liberty University. I did it in less than two years. Lots of work and reading and writing, and by the end my brain hurt, but I truly think it was (or at least will be) worth it.
We were sitting on the porch on a rainy afternoon when my sister presented me with a black tube that came in the mail. You apparently needed a Ph.D. to get that tube open. But a few minutes later I was pulling out an extremely expensive piece of paper with my name on it in fancy script. Just a simple moment, but one that I will treasure.
14. Do 40 things I’ve never done before.
One of the fun things I did for the first time last year was drive a boat. I’m sure that is not the correct terminology. It wasn’t planned. I just went out on a spontaneous late afternoon ride with my mom, stepdad, aunt and uncle. After going down river in search of the eagles (a mommy, daddy & baby), we headed upstream and, out of the blue, I said, “Let me drive.”
My stepdad gladly turned over the wheel to me. He probably shouldn’t have been so quick to say yes. Because a second later I was asking where the brake was. Yep, I really asked that. I think that, in my defense, it is a legitimate question for newbie boat drivers. So after a quick lesson on using the throttle, we were off for a couple mile journey up the river with myself at the helm.
I think I did good for the first time driving a boat. I state the following evidence.
- I did not get the boat stuck on any sand bars.
- We did not get lost. (hee hee)
- No one fell overboard.
- My uncle, who was in the Navy, said I did a good job.
Maybe next summer I’ll learn how to start the boat and park it, too. I’m sure they’ve got good insurance. And if I collide with the dock I can add wreck a boat to the list of things I’ve never done before.