Top Ten Things I want for my 35th Birthday.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 14, 2009
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remember names 1. To remember your name. The other day, I forgot a friend-of-a-friend’s name, she nearly bit my head off. Understandably.

egotist2. To stop being an @#$%^&*ole. Most people, I get on with brilliantly. Some people can’t stand me. I feel awful about that, and would love to stop irritating others. As they say in Buddhism: “If you want to be happy, think first of others. If you want to be unhappy, think first of yourself.” Perhaps it’s because I’m a bit alpha, or I’m an only child raised by a poor, but still doting, wonderful mother—in any case, I’ve turned out to be a voracious, driven, self-motivated creative force. That all sounds nice, unless you’re trying to date me, in which case you dump me sooner than fruit-gone-bad. (Knock on wood).

green parking lot medians 3. For everyone to turn odd nooks and crannies and corners of our parking lots and medians into xeriscaped landscapes and mini-gardens. We could cut global warming significantly if we all used white roofing and changed even 10 percent of our too-hot parking lots and manmade fake nature-lite landscapes into God’s green earth, once more.

buddhist books4. To read one page of this each day.

shambhala buddhist shrine home5. For everyone to meditate for even two or three minutes each morning, right after they wake up, stretch out, brush their teeth and before they make coffee and check their email/get stressed/make plans.

boulder green house 6. To live with my mom and grandma. They’re both getting old (as am I!), and I miss them being a part of my lives! I’ve never been much of a correspondent, though if I could get them on Skype…

no nukes nuclear war 7. For Nuclear War to be made illegal. The subtle, yet substantial change in our world-view that would result? We’d all start thinking about future generations, instead of (rationally) assuming that some random terrorist will get his hands on a bomb at some point and start a domino war.

mortgage irs letter envelope boulder theater walk the talk show waylon lewis "walk the talk show" green "waylon lewis" boulder 8. To figure out how to make good money doing what I love—through my talk show videos and my web site. I know it’s not much of a follow-up after “No Nukes,” but Buddhism, in which I was trained growing up, is all about connecting heaven (vision, big ideas) and earth (practicality). If I can’t pay my mortgage, I can’t be of benefit to others, run for City Council, get married, have curly-headed trouble-makin’ children, or…

road bike lance craigslist 9. Get a craigslisted road bike. I’ve never had one. I would love to be able to ride up into the mountains, zoom around. Since I finally unpluggged from my car a year back, it’s been great. Still, though I’ve got a nice Masi, it’s slow when compared with the speed demons I see between Boulder’s shaven legs.

trungpa benefit "bodhisattva vow" 10. Be of benefit. It’s the only thing that motivates me to get up in the morning (other than coffee): whether it’s through my Walk the Talk Show, or politics, or itself, or my upcomin’ Dharma Brat book…I’d like to have a go at helping the world help itself, and have some fun doing so along the way. I’ve been given a lot via my root guru, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, my mom, Linda Lewis, and my sangha, or community. I’m 35, now, and it’s high time to give back.

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


9 Responses to “Top Ten Things I want for my 35th Birthday.”

  1. benton coons says:

    waylon – it is a good wist list
    i hope you can get at least half of it in the next year, hope you have a good celebration for your 35
    b as in benton

  2. KT A says:

    Wow…I really enjoyed that. My birthday is in less than a month and I think I want almost all the same things: I already have a bike and I'd prefer to live with my own grandmother/mother (no offense to yours of course). I wish you the very best this year.

  3. swati jr* says:

    july birthday's are by far the best… birthday is the 22nd…. is it plagiarism to steal someone's birthday wish list?

  4. Thank you for your courageous authenticity.

    Happy birthday.

    – Greg

  5. Kristen says:

    Great Post Waylon.

    Happy 35th! My 35th is next month…I am inspired by your eco consciousness.

  6. Una Morera says:

    why not get the road bike from community cycles? then you could customize yourself and when it falls apart you'll know how to fix it cuz you put it together??? love your list…xo

  7. lina says:

    happy birthday Waylon!! i wish to remember more names, too. And grow wild forests on Brooklyn's roofs!

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