Archive for March, 2010

Life List

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

I’ve decided to participate in my first Topical Tuesday and the topic for the day is Life List.  As stated on that page: “This weeks challenge is to write a Life List of ten things you would like to do before you die. Only ten mind – make them count.”  That’s a tall order.  Ten things I want to do before I die?  I want to do everything before I die.  If you do them after you die then who would know?

Well, here’s my attempt.  This is going to take some brain strain.

  1. Visit Europe.  Anywhere in Europe is fine although I’m particularly interested in England, Ireland, Scotland, Iceland, Czech Republic, Austria and Turkey.
  2. Get a six figure income.  Bonus points if it starts with a number higher than one.
  3. Live long enough to see my baby girl grow up to be a happy and successful woman and hopefully watch some grandbabies grow up.
  4. Make a positive and profound impact on the lives of other people.  My dream job is to be a philanthropist.
  5. Go on a road trip from one coast of the United States to the opposite coast.
  6. Retire early enough that I might get to enjoy some time off before I die.  By the time I’m 65, the retirement age will probably be 130.
  7. Have something published and sold – even if it’s not successful.  A novel, comic or screenplay I suppose.
  8. Become passably fluent in a second language.
  9. Ride at least five of the  fastest roller-coasters in the world.  Preferably in at least two different countries.
  10. Own and operate a bar & grill or a pub of my own design.

Wow.  That was a lot harder than I thought it would be with narrowing it down to only ten entries.  So many things come to mind but with only ten spots its hard to pick the things that would actually mean something to me in a way that was more than just saying, “OK that’s done” and then checking it off a list and never thinking about it again.

It’s March already

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

It’s March already.  March 2nd to be exact.  Ten days away from another birthday and another day closer to the grave.  Yeah, not much activity on here lately.  No real posts this year and not much towards the end of last year.  No revival over at A Little Scary and if you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Plurk then you know I’ve not been very active in those areas either.  I’m well aware – and most of the time I’m OK – with that.

I guess my priorities changed.  Having a toddler, yeah Kira is almost 16 months old now, means having a lot less free time.  A lot less freedom too.  If I have free time, I usually just want to relax or play a video game or maybe watch a movie.  There are a hundred and one things I’d like to do but I just don’t have the time or ambition to do them all and sometimes that means I don’t do any of them.  Writing is one of those things.  Drawing is another.  Sculpting, I finally started and will hopefully post some pictures of my first piece (in progress).  Reading, playing, sorting, organizing, learning, designing… all things that don’t happen all that much.

Now I know that there are people out there who go to work full time, go to school, work out and still take care of their kids.  I have the utmost respect for those people.  I have no idea how they do it.  I want to be like that.  I just don’t know how.

I watch things like Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on television and say to myself “I want to do things that impact people like that.”  But I don’t have – or at least make – the time to better myself.  How can I expect to make the lives of others better if I don’t even make my own life better?  I don’t know.

Is this whining?  I’m not sure.  Is this a plea for help?  I have no idea.  Is it me venting and just spinning my wheels in the life I have put myself in?  Yeah, probably.  What do I do about it all?  I don’t know.

I want the easy way out.  I want to win the lottery so I can quit my job and become a philanthropist.  But I don’t even buy lottery tickets but a handful of days out of the year.  I guess that shows how much faith I have in the “easy way”.

It’s easier to be a “dreamer” instead of a “doer”.  I’m guilty of both.  What about you?