Today Is My Birthday And I Want Nothing

Life Goals

Today is my birthday, but I don’t want anything. No gifts. No money. I have only one small wish – which I’ll get to shortly. I have already been truly fortunate:

  • I’ve been to the depths of the oceans on SCUBA, and the heights of the sky in the driver’s seat of an airplane.
  • I’ve hiked long parts of the Appalachian Trail and seen the beauty of the natural world and learned to respect and enjoy mother nature.
  • I drove half of the USA in an epic road trip with the girl of my dreams.
  • Amid the waves on a beautiful beach, I gently placed a ring on that girl’s finger.
  • I spent a week in the forest with nothing but a bag of rice, and became a real-life Survivorman.
  • I practiced martial arts, hiked, sang, and rode horseback on a mountaintop in Colorado.
  • I have designed and developed websites that have been seen by millions of eyes.
  • I canoed most of Shenandoah River.
  • I wrote my feelings down and boldly challenged the evils of the world with my voice – on stage while my best friends created the melody behind me.
  • I’ve driven some of the coolest vehicles man has ever created, from semi-trucks to heart-stopping speed race cars. I’ve flown airplanes, sailed boats, driven motorcycles. I survived an ATV accident which could have killed me.
  • I found the confidence to leave everything and everyone I had ever known in search of a new lifelong adventure in a place I always wanted to live.
  • I have a job – a good job – one that most people would be jealous of. I get to wake up every day and do what I love to do, surrounded by some pretty cool people. I was given opportunities that a lot of people never get.
  • I have a loving family who would, and have, gone to the ends of the Earth for me.

I love to write about the adventures I’ve had, you can read more details about them throughout this website – that’s why I established this blog. But I’m not stopping there – this is my hit-list for future adventures. They are bigger and more glamorous than anything I’ve ever done and I intend to swallow each of them whole, one at a time, and hopefully with my Tina beside me:

  • Hike – Hike the entire Appalachian Trail at one shot.
  • Sail – Circumnavigate the globe by power of wind and water, and see all of the other inhabited continents with my wife and son.
  • Summit – Climb to the top of Mount Everest. I know it’s cliché, but Everest is Earth’s ultimate test of self-confidence, endurance, strength, and immeasurable willpower.
  • Explore – Train for and dive in the Diepolder cave system in central Florida and Sistema Dos Ojos north of Tulum, Mexico.
  • Build – Live on an island in a house that I design and build with my very own hands.
  • Fly – If made possible in my lifetime, I’d like to pilot an airplane beyond the boundaries of Earth’s gravity.
  • Write – Publish one or more books.
  • Sing – Publish one or more music collections.
  • Swim – Dive the mecca of all ocean reefs, the Great Barrier.
  • Safari – Witness the beautiful plains and meet the indigenous people of Africa.
  • Shiver – Explore an Alaskan mountain.
  • Contribute – Share a bit of my good fortune with less fortunate people on a wide scale, possibly through a future re-evolved political system.
  • Teach – Raise my son to have values, a strong moral compass, a thirst for knowledge and desire for adventure, and to pass on the ideals I give to him.
  • Love – Lastly, I hope to happily fall asleep as an old man, and painlessly pass away knowing that I have always unconditionally loved and honored my beautiful wife.

So what exactly is it that I want from you for my birthday? Truly and sincerely – I want you to wish me luck with my list … It’s going to be a long hard journey, and I’m already 29 years old.

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6 thoughts on “Today Is My Birthday And I Want Nothing

  1. Rich, you are the oldest young man I know! How did you get that much wisdom in 29 years? Happy Birthday and heres hoping your list becomes smaller as the years go by and it turns into a bucket list. Love you guys. Have a great year.

  2. Rich, you are the oldest young man I know! How did you get that much wisdom in 29 years? Happy Birthday and heres hoping your list becomes smaller as the years go by and it turns into a bucket list. Love you guys. Have a great year.

  3. Happy Birthday Richard! Best of luck on those goals. Time does get away from you. I am 49, turning 50 this year, and many of the things on your list are things that I think I set out to do when I was 29. I have no regrets (you know I love my life) but still wish that I had done some of those things. There’s still time so I still plan to do some of them (such as hike the Appalachian Trail).

    See you soon.

    Uncle Scott

  4. Happy Birthday Richard! Best of luck on those goals. Time does get away from you. I am 49, turning 50 this year, and many of the things on your list are things that I think I set out to do when I was 29. I have no regrets (you know I love my life) but still wish that I had done some of those things. There’s still time so I still plan to do some of them (such as hike the Appalachian Trail).

    See you soon.

    Uncle Scott

  5. Mollie – I’ve been lucky to be surrounded by wonderful people (Like you and Steve) throughout my life, and I’ve picked up the wisdom of others along the way. Thank you both again for your kindness. Thank you for the birthday wishes – we love you too! COME VISIT SOON!!!

    Uncle Scott – It’s never too late. Maybe we’ll hike the trail together one day! I hope to see you all again soon!

  6. Mollie – I’ve been lucky to be surrounded by wonderful people (Like you and Steve) throughout my life, and I’ve picked up the wisdom of others along the way. Thank you both again for your kindness. Thank you for the birthday wishes – we love you too! COME VISIT SOON!!!

    Uncle Scott – It’s never too late. Maybe we’ll hike the trail together one day! I hope to see you all again soon!

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