May 8th, 2009

i think i can

Oh gods what am I doing up so late

I'm not the same person as I was four years ago. I'm not even the same person as I was last month.

I was taking a trip down memory lane with old entries and found this list from first year containing a list of things I wanted to do before I die. After a little bit of poking around, the original list revealed itself, thanks to my summer archival project.

Let's see how many of these are still true. Let's go to the revised list just for kicks.

1. Publish my novels.
Still want to do that. Good.

2. Travel to every state in the US, and then travel the world.
Still want to do this.

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.
8 May 2009: I probably won't graduate from college with honors because you have to maintain the GPA in the last 64 semester hours, but I may be surprised tomorrow. (It IS tomorrow, isn't it? Wow.) As for grad school, we'll see.

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.]

6. Do something really worth doing that will help somebody else.

7. Overcome my fear of failure.

8. Inspire somebody to write.
So far, so good on all of these.

9. Learn yoga without killing half my muscles. [I can't even touch my toes, so yoga would be torture at first.]
Hey, something I HAVE done! Check.

10. Live in Paris.

11. Actually keep a garden growing.
So far, so good.

12. Qualify for Mensa.
Really? Why was this on here in the first place? Oh, wait.

13. Be a guest speaker for a huge event.

14. Make the world know my name.
13 and 14 are slightly related if I twist them right, I suppose.

15. Learn how to properly apply makeup. [I don't even wear makeup, but learning how to apply it would be nice.]
This is on my 101 in 1001 list.

16. Give a stranger my autograph.
Sure, why not?

17. Play a real prank on somebody.
This was on my 101 in 1001 list, and I've done it!

18. Discover a huge family secret.

19. Make up a language.

20. Sit around for an entire day and just write.

21. Learn a language that nobody speaks today. (Besides Latin since I'm still working on that.)

22. Become known for my writing skills and intelligence instead of other things.

23. Self-actualize.
Still want all of these.

24. Take a physics class in college just to prove that I can, even though that would require a lot of math and would really mess up my GPA. [You can tell this was written before the conversion, can't you?]
Hey, I've done this! Two of them, at that. As for GPA wreckage, well, I got a B in Part One and took the other one pass/fail so it wouldn't wreck my GPA.

25. Learn as much as possible.

26. Go on a real camping trip.

27. Do research in the Library of Congress.
Still want.

28. Visit the British Museum and the Louvre.
I've been to the Louvre! Halfway there.

29. Meet an internationally famous person.
Let's see. How do we define 'internationally famous'? The closest I've gotten is Junot Diaz or JoCo.

30. Go on a blind date. No, really. Better yet, make it double-blind, so he doesn't know who I am, either.
Meeting Andrew was a semi-blind date, but I'm keeping this on here because a true blind date would be fun.

Looks like less changed than I thought. Actually, the things that changed were mostly things that got accomplished. Go me. As for Mensa, I don't need a card.

I'll have to come back to this entry in a few years.