Birthdays used to be about ponies.
With that blow of the candles, I’d wish for rainbows. The ability to fly. And ponies, of course.
So when exactly did we stop asking for the impossible?
Today, I’m 29. One year below that sexy 30 marker with eight years more than I’d thought I’d see.
Since 2004, birthdays began to mean more than just cake and presents. Birthdays were badges of using 365 days to their fullest. And I have to think that my wishes have gotten better with age.
At 21, I wished to survive. At 22, I wished to live a real life. By 26, I wished to complete my fifth race. And by 28, I wished to travel to faraway lands for an unreasonably long amount of time.
Of course every year also comes with challenges. New symptoms. Countless doctors appointments. Results that could feel like disappointments.
But it is my focus on a limitless low-sodium life that keeps me wishing and aiming for the impossible.
So here are 29 wishes for the next year. Who knows what will come true, but it’s always worth putting out there. Because in trying to make the impossible happen, you never know the outcome. But you know you’ll have fun trying.
1. Grill a low-sodium hot dog on a grill
2. Speak at BlogHer Food 2012
3. Make salt-free Korean noodles by hand
4. Take at least four new cooking classes
5. Teach at least four new salt-free cooking classes
6. Get a nod from James Beard, perhaps a nomination too
7. Charm a local pizza joint into make salt-free pizza
8. Conquer salt-free “shrimp n’ grits”
9. Upload more salt-free pictures to my salt-free Flickr
10. Lecture at five major hospitals or health centers outside of the Bay Area
11. Fake a crab cake
12. Amass a killer list of twenty bloggers for February’s “Love Your Heart Recipe Rally”
13. Judge a salt-free challenge on Top Chef
14. Convince Terra Chips to start making their low-sodium BBQ chips again
15. Continue the journey in salt-free cheese making
16. Work with a local deli to make a salt-free sandwich
17. Open a one-day-only salt-free food truck in San Francisco
18. Use Twitter to tell you about my favorite low-sodium tips
19. Use Facebook to tell you about new no-salt products and to answer burning low-sodium questions
20. Cut my hair
21. Help makeover the DASH guide or create a new one for doctor offices
22. Scavenge for pretty plates, dishes, and surfaces for eye-pleasing pictures
23. Add at least fifteen new restaurants to the low-sodium-friendly Yelp! list
24. Keep my salt-free sourdough starter alive
25. Don’t get mad at myself if I kill my sourdough starter, again
26. Make salt-free spanakopita
27. Work with local pastry chef to overcome my fear of salt-free baking
28. Learn how to break down whole fish, ducks, and a pig
29. Tell you all as often as I can how much you motivate me. (You motivate me).
Happy holidays this weekend. And look for a special salt-free egg nog post tomorrow for your holiday feastings this weekend.