Life Goals: 50 Before 50

I’m a couple of years off yet, but I feel like I need a plan

Matt Mason
3 min readNov 3, 2022

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Does anyone want to tell me where my 40s went? I’ve looked in the sofa and behind the microwave, but I don’t seem to have lost them there. Look, I’m not ready to give up this decade and I’m not as close to 50 as I might be making it sound. To date, it’s a few days under 29 months.

Photo by Kendall Scott on Unsplash

In all seriousness, I entered my 40s not so much with a crisis but a rebirth. I’d been with my new partner about a year (16 months officially but about a year since we declared ourselves official) and having got through that first precarious year as a self-employed writer, a whole new decade opened before me.

The latter part of the decade saw its fair share of struggles. There was the pandemic, I went through another dose of therapy, and experienced multiple mental health breakdowns.

Nevertheless, I am now looking for fifty challenges to achieve by then. I started penning this piece in early October 2022. Not all of them will be big challenges because at this rate, I’d have to achieve one every three weeks. This is a work in progress document which I will add to over time.

Anyway, here is what I came up with to get me started:

  1. After initially saying I wanted to go to Santorini for my 50th, we’re…

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Matt Mason

Creatively curious lifelong writer. I use Medium to discuss asexuality, childfree living, Doctor Who, and sometimes even politics - not all of it serious.