Jehara and her Life List got me to thinking about my own life list. I’m no different from any other person in that I have hopes and aspirations, things I want to do or see in my time here on earth. I’ve hesitated to make a list of those things because some of them may be beyond my control. But it occurs to me that it’s foolish not to at least list them, and keep them in mind. I mean, who knows what things may change and bring something that was once beyond my control within my reach?
There’s another reason, a compelling one, for taking the time to write down the list and review it. In the writing and reviewing, you remind yourself of what’s important. Some things that were once important no longer are so, and can be removed. Other things will be added. And you also remind yourself of actions to be taken. Why, just in the thinking about this list I did something today to get one of the things started!
So, without further ado, here’s version 1.0 of Faith’s Life List. Note that the items are listed completely at random.
- Learn Russian. (I listed this one first because I bought a boxed set of “Learn Russin In Your Car” CDs today at lunch, and listened to my first lesson on the way back to the office.)
- Brush up my French to the point where I can read and converse easily.
- Brush up my Spanish to the point where I can read and converse easily.
- Learn Italian. (Yes, there is a theme here. I love to learn languages. It opens up new worlds for me.)
- Touch the Great Pyramid. See the Sphinx. See Tutankhamen’s mask. Ride a camel. Take a cruise on the Nile.
- See a play at the Globe Theatre.
- Write every version of The Canterbury Tales that is floating around in my twisted mind and sell each version and see them in print and know that people read them and like them. Actually, it’d even be okay if they didn’t like them, as long as they read them and talked about them.
- Study yoga.
- Write a play. Several plays, actually, and see them performed, and feel the exhilaration of people bringing my imaginary world to life.
- Go to Paris and spend as much time as it takes to see the works of art in the Louvre slowly without rushing. Savor the experience.
- Stand in the Colosseum in Rome. Breathe.
- Swim in the Mediterranean.
- Design my American Literature tour, and then take my sister and friends on it. It will be REALLY cool.
- Never let a day go by that I haven’t learned something. Something big, something small, it doesn’t matter, as long as I have learned.
Well, this is a start. Some of the things that would have previously been on the list, had I had a list then, have happened. I got my B.A. (with honors, even), I just acted in my first play. So it’s time to think of more things to dream of accomplishing.