A few years ago while in a fit of optimism, I decided to create a “30 Before 30” List. At the time, I was writing in an artificial, saccharine tone. Writing in a style unnatural and uncomfortable to me, I couldn’t make myself care about the blog. Most of the posts in 2011-2012 reflect that, particularly that list.
Whether fortunately or unfortunately, the sardonic and cynical me is back. Walking a fine line between cautiously hopeful and fatalistic, I’ve decided to take a look back over some of my earlier posts. The original “30 Before 30” only had 25 goals, only one of which I’ve actually accomplished since posting. The other 24 seem, well, ridiculously stupid. I’m going to try to come up with a more realistic, more me 30 Before 30 List. If you’ve got any suggestions, I’d love to hear them.
The idea of a new list goes very well with my new motto. I stumbled on a quote by Pat Rothfuss the other day that I’ve decided to try to live by for the next few weeks or months:
“The truth is that the world is full of dragons, and none of us are as powerful or cool as we’d like to be. And that sucks. But when you’re confronted with that fact, you can either crawl into a hole and quit, or you can get out there, take off your shoes, and Bilbo it up.”
So… Bilbo it up, readers.