During my junior year of high school my English teacher, Mrs. Dumalski, required us write in a notebook about various topics. One of those topics was a list of things we'd like to do in our life. I guess in some regards it's like a "bucket list," but I hate thinking of it that way because to me that term implies some fast approaching end to life and I don't want to think that way.
While I was searching through some older posts recently, I came across this post. It talks about all my attempts to journal. It also references my life "to do" list I wrote for Mrs. D's class when I was 17-years-old.
While reading this list this time around, I had an overwhelming feeling of amazement come over me. It was the first time I realized how closely this list represents the things I've either achieved, or still desire to achieve, without even having really looked at the list since it was first penned. I guess this speaks volumes to the sincerity of the goals I aspired to, and the sense of myself I apparently had at that point in my life.
This time around, instead of just listing them out, again, I've decided add a bit of commentary around each most of them.... Oh, and I get to check a few of them off the list (I love checking things off lists).
√ Finish college with a degree
I'm not sure how I would finish college and not have a degree so this kind of sounds funny to me. I think I meant was that I wanted to earn a Bachelor's degree. With that in mind, I not only have a undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Science), but also a graduate degree (Master of Business Administration).
- > Amendment: Now the goal is to earn a Doctorate degree.
• Learn to speak two foreign languages
I've shied away from learning foreign languages. I believe this primarily has to do with my experience trying to learn French in 5th grade. Oh, and trying to learn Hebrew as well.
(It's funny how a bad experience at such a young age can influence you so many years later.)
In I learned basic Sign Language. These days I only remember a little Sign Language because I don't use it very often. I have, however, encountered some deaf individuals over the years and tried to sign as best I could. Typically, my attempt to communicate this way has been appreciated and the people I was speaking with were patient with me.
I think this warrants half a check.
-> Amendment: I'd like to take a stab at French again. Additionally, I'd like to add Italian to the list. I believe enhance the experience of the next item on this list.
• Travel around Europe
Though I've been to England and Ireland there are many more countries I'd like to see. Some of the place I'd like to go include: France, Italy, Australia, Spain and Asia. (Just to name a few)
Again, half a check.
• Camp in the mountains
Yeah . . . Still haven't done this. I've camped at a Bedouin camp in Israel and in Western Illinois as well; however, not the mountains as this goal specifies.
Another half check?
√ Keep in touch with everyone I want to after graduation
I have friends spanning 20+ years. I think I've achieved this goal.
√ Learn how to stop biting my nails every time I get nervous
Oddly enough, the last time I was under immense stress my nail actually grew.
• Learn to take professional pictures
WOW! I'm amazed that I put this down. Guess photography has always been a part of me - even when I didn't have a camera.
I'm not a professional photographer, but I'm constantly working on improving my skills. I don't know about making photography a profession, but maybe a side job some day.
√ Lose a pant size
Ah yes, vanity. I can check this one off.
• Live to see my 100th birthday in 2075
I always look at this one and laugh because I have no control over this, but I do hope it happens.
• Develop my singing talent
This remains on the list. Haven't done anything with this in years, but I'd like to get back into a singing group environment again some day.
• Develop my dancing skills
This stays on the list as well.
√ Always push myself to achieve more than I have
Most recent example -> Plan B. Enough said . . .
• Influence political people on important issues
Hmmmm . . . maybe if Plan B is actually achieved than I will be in a position to influence political people on issues I deem important. That said, even if it isn't achieved, I can still work on being influential in the political arena if I really felt passionate about doing so.
• Climb Mt. Everest
Ambitious!!! I'm keeping it on the list.
• Become famous
Another, hmmmm . . . I don't know that I'll be some big famous celebrity type, but it's possible I could be famous in my own little world of people/community.
Honestly, I'm not really sure where this one came from. It's not like me to want the spotlight. That's why I think if I were it would be within my own community.
√ Stay healthy
Always working on this one . . .
• Die peacefully
This is another I look at and realize I have no control over. I do hope this is the case when the time comes.
√ Help people
Though I'm putting a check by this item I don't plan to stop helping others - it brings me happiness.
So what's next?
Well, I'm happy to see that I've actually done some of these things, and started working on others. I want to continue working on these things. They truly are representative of the adventures and experiences I wish to have in life.
Additionally, I plan to add to the list. Back in January I posted a "bucket list" on this blog. Although, as I stated in the beginning of this post, I don't like the term "bucket list" I used that term because I had just watched the movie, "The Bucket List."
Some of the items I have on this list were on that list as well - such as learn French. With that in mind, there are new items to be added. Once I have a little more time, and energy, I will post them to this blog. Until then, I will continue to marvel in the things I set out to do as a young adult, and continue to strive for today.
Until later . . .