John is the Dean of Happy Cow, the children’s education division of Evam. He creates modules and syllabi for workshops and year-long theatre curricula that have been implemented in schools across India for children.
I just celebrated (didn’t actually) my 29th birthday. A birthday with no plans and a request to my wife to not surprise me with any online gifts because my credit card has already crossed credit limit last month.
This is how it has been ever since I started earning. But this year, I felt different. I will be 30 in a year. I have wanted to do so many things in life before hitting that milestone.
Things like… Wait, let me Google, “Things to do before you turn 30”… God! I haven’t done 90% of them. These are things that I thought I would do when I settle down. (Aang!?)
Google suggests the following. Let’s see.
- Get a tattoo
What do I tell my father (a Pastor) who says I’ll go to hell if I get a tattoo!
- See your favorite band live
Wait… I don’t have one yet.
- Run a marathon
Where do I start from? My home? Should I wake up early in the morning?
- Visit all the states of India
50% done on official visits – Land in the morning, conduct workshops and return evening.
- Get a passport
Got it a week ago hoping to get business in Qatar. Didn’t get.
- See a Broadway show
Will do. On some official visit.
- Have one hilarious blind date story to tell
Married already. Can I try now?
- Say ‘enough is enough’ and quit
Did that many times. Actually companies/people quit on me.
- Learn a foreign language
Already done! I know English.
- Understand alcohol
Shhhhh! What will people say?
- Travel alone
Without anyone from my family? Not even my daughter?
- Splurge on an item you can’t afford
Sure! When I close my current EMIs.
Whom? I have saved many in life.
- Survive a heartbreak
Who will give me that?
- Throw a lavish birthday party at least once
“Surely!” – My words for the last 29 years
But yeah, all these seemed normal till day before yesterday. I feel like the student listening to a teacher in the examination hall say, “Tie your paper and write. Only 5 mins to go”. I have decided to break free now. Don’t know how or where to start from. I want to finish at least, actually all these in the next one year. I am not going to wait until everything is set and I am free to go. I am not Superman or Jesus Christ who was created to save the world. All my duties can wait. If I have time to work hard, pause everything and let things take backseat to reason everyone around me, I have time to do all these too.
If only I had one thing right from my childhood, I wouldn’t have written this on this day. #GutsToSayNo