No Pressure, But It's Time to Accomplish Something

CalendarI am 33 years old. I've accomplished a little bit here and there, I've produced a couple of great kids, and I've got a few more tricks up my sleeve, but others have accomplished so much more at this age.

For a dose of humility, check out Things Other People Accomplished When They Were Your Age. Here's what others did at the age of 33.

  • English feminist Mary Wollstonecraft wrote "Vindication of the Rights of Women"
  • Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic alone.
  • Jesus of Nazareth, a moral teacher and faith healer, was executed and eventually became the most renowned religious figure in history.
  • Vaudeville performer Walter Nilsson rode across the United States on an 8 1/2 foot unicycle.
  • Successful merchant Cyrus West Field retired at age 33 to devote himself to laying the first transatlantic telegraph cable.
  • John Knowles published A Separate Peace, which was immediately successful.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote his essay, "Nature," encouraging readers to see the miraculous in the common.
  • Vijay-Kumar Solanki realized that he was not a human being having spiritual experiences, but a spiritual being having human experiences, a realization that he says "changed his life forever".
  • Paul Raposo began studying watchmaking.
  • Susan Presley took her ten-year-old son to Jarrell, Texas to help clean up after a tornado so he'd realize it wasn't just a "COOL!" thing he was seeing on TV.
  • Robert Hensel set a world record for the longest non-stop wheelie in a wheelchair. Mr. Hensel, who was born with spina bifida, covered a distance of 6.178 miles. He is also an internationally published poet with over 900 publications to date. He has since been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for renowned poets and writers.

I'd better get cracking.

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Jason |

Other than Simone du Beauvior, I think Wollstonecraft was pretty much the first 'feminist'

December 9, 2007 @ 2:28 PM


Don't compare yourself with others. As long as YOU are happy with what you have accomplished in your 33 years that all that counts. Strive to be the best that you can be & reach for it. There's always one step more on the ladder. You've done more than most in your time & be proud of it.

December 9, 2007 @ 4:36 PM


Dale is right. I had this discussion with friends a while back. Who's to say what accomplishments matter most?

It's nice to be recognized and noted for something big (money, fame, etc) but I'd say raising your kids right, having a great family is pretty spectacular already.

Besides, Amelia Earhart got lost and disappeared.

December 9, 2007 @ 11:26 PM


AMEN Anthony. You strive for the best & if you accomplish it you set another goal. As you get older you goals are less but you always try to do the best you can. That is an accomplishment in itself.

December 10, 2007 @ 1:06 PM

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