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.]
6. Do something really worth doing that will help somebody else.
7. Overcome my fear of failure.
8. Inspire somebody to write.
9. Learn yoga without killing half my muscles. [I can't even touch my toes, so yoga would be torture at first.]
10. Live in Paris.
11. Actually keep a garden growing.
12. Qualify for Mensa.
13. Be a guest speaker for a huge event.
14. Make the world know my name.
15. Learn how to properly apply makeup. [I don't even wear makeup, but learning how to apply it would be nice.]
16. Give a stranger my autograph.
17. Play a real prank on somebody.
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.
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?]
25. Learn as much as possible.
26. Go on a real camping trip.
27. Do research in the Library of Congress.
28. Visit the British Museum and the Louvre.
29. Meet an internationally famous person.
30. Go on a blind date. No, really. Better yet, make it double-blind, so he doesn't know who I am, either.
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.