Thoughts On Turning 30: A Man’s List of Random Things He Wants To Learn
We’re now one week away from turning the big 3-0. As the day gets nearer, I’m starting to pay more attention to the things I say and do, trying to decipher what about me has matured and what about me has not matured.
When I was 23 going on 24, a co-worker of mine said, “You’re at the worst age because men like you think they know everything and have it all figured out.” She was right.
These days, I find myself wanting to know more about everything, and caring less about what I already know; also, the only thing better than knowing is learning. When I first started exercising, I tried jump rope, and I’ll be honest, those first couple of weeks, I looked like Forrest Gump…the young version with the leg braces. Now, I’m more like Rocky on the rope.
As I turn 30, I realize while that while I am smart, I can always be smarter. So today, a list of things I want to learn in my 30s, in no particular order.
Home Repairs: Just in case I want to buy a fixer-upper in the future.
Grill: My culinary skills in the kitchen are respectable, but my ignorance on the grill is inexcusable.
Swim: I know how to swim, but I want to know how to swim to save a life. There’s a difference.
Shoot: A gun, yes.
Whistle: It’s a shame I don’t know how to do this.
Wink: This too.
The Words To The Black National Anthem: All you black folks out there are going to try and say something about how I don’t know the words to the black national anthem, but I see half of you all mumbling something awful every time we’re asked to sing it.
The Harmonica: I just need to know how to play “My Cherie Amour”.
Mixed Martial Arts: This is on the agenda for October.
Change My Oil: I don’t drive in New York City, but that’s no excuse.
Drive Stick: They say you don’t know how to drive if you don’t know how to drive stick. I agree with them.
Fish: I learned a long time ago, forgot it all.
How Airplanes Work: I figure this will help ease my fear of flying.
Tie a Bowtie: I can get this on YouTube, I’m sure.
CPR: Always a good thing to know.
Money Management: Another good thing to know and something, I’m actually just starting to learn these days.
Chili: Yes, the dish. I don’t know why, I just feel like every man should know how to make a good chili from scratch.
Sew: Every time a button comes off one of my shirts or jackets, it stays in the closet until a woman I know is nice enough to sew it back on. This must end.
Rosetta Stone in Japanese And Spanish: If you don’t know why, you don’t know me.
That’s all for right now, folks, feel free to contribute your own in the comments. As we all know, the older we get, the longer the list.