April 8th, 2006

writing: still working on that thing

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Back in 2003, I made a list of things I wanted to do before I die, whether they were life goals or things I just hadn't gotten around to doing yet. While the list wasn't comprehensive, even at the time, some items on the list still ring true, like these:

1. Publish my novels.

2. Travel to every state in the US, and then travel the world.

3. Graduate from high school, college, and graduate school with honors and with a 4.0.
12 March 2005: I made a B in Calculus I during my senior year of high school, so the straight-A record is gone.
7 April 2006: While it's a bit early to think about grad school, it's an option I haven't eliminated yet.

4. Paint a really good painting. [Not necessarily famous, just good.]

5. Learn to cook. [That's right. I can't cook. Well, I can't cook a full meal.]

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So what happened to the other twenty? I completed some of them (solving a Rubix cube, solving the "pillbox" puzzle in my Algebra II teacher's room). I've eliminated others (kissing in the rain--acid rain, plus I don't like publicity; going to Hogwarts--unfortunately, I'm a Muggle; learning to skateboard--well, it sounded cool at the time; marriage--it's not worthy to be a life goal for me, especially since I don't particularly want to right now) because they changed over time or because they finally outgrew me. We don't outgrow goals; they outgrow us.

However, I don't think my life is going to be this simple. I'm still adding things and modifying it as times and goals change.