Things I want to Accomplish
May 9, 2007
Because after reading some of the Top Five Lists on Problogger, I’m in a list-making mood.
1. Get a book(s) published. Preferably more than one. Like every former English major, I have the bones for several novels on my hard drive.
2. Climb a mountain. A real mountain, maybe Kilmanjaro.
3. Live for a least a year in a foreign country. Getting completely outside of your comfort zone is an amazing challenge and learning experience.
4. Teach English as a foreign language. This will probably coincide with #3.
5. Read every book on my list. I started keeping an Amazon wishlist of the books that I’d like to read, and there’s several hundred on there and I seem to add more everyday.
6. Travel the original Silk Road – from Istanbul to Shanghai – overland.
7. Attend the couture shows in Paris. Hopefully while John Galliano is still designing for Dior, because he is a genius.
8. Get really, really good at chess, and other games that require lots of strategy (Risk, Stratego). I’m already decent, but one can always improve.
9. Run a marathon. Similar to #8, I’m in fairly good shape, but not marathon-ready.
10. Learn how to cook beyond just following the directions in a recipe. The kind of cooking that involves knowing what flavors will work together and how ingredients will blend. Or least not setting off the fire alarm every time I turn on the oven.
11. Fluency in at least one non-English language. Not the ability to just get by as a tourist, but to be able to hold extended conversations and read books in that language.
12. Heli-skiiing. Because it’s just awesome and I have a certain fondness for semi-dangerous activities that involve heights.
13. See my alma mater win a national championship for football, even if I have to sell a kidney to be at the game.
14. Start some kind of nonprofit charity or other organization – I’m not sure what yet. I already volunteer my time and skills for other organizations, and I’m kind of a hippie (perhaps the result of working with Amnesty International or just spending too much time in the “People’s Republic of Ann Arbor”).