25 Before 25

I keep seeing these # Before # lists pop up around the Internet.  I have mixed feelings about them.  On the one hand, no one really cares that you or I want to figure out how to French braid your or my hair before your dog’s half birthday next month.  On the other hand, sometimes lists like these provide an interesting window into a person’s priorities and interests.  Their staccato nature also fits well into our technologically overstimulated short attention spans.

My 25th birthday is this December.  That leaves me only a few months to do these things.  Given that deadline, I have not included any big ticket items that might go on a bucket list.  I am neither traveling, nor getting married, nor starting my own business, nor anything monumental whatsoever.  I am simply operating from a carpe diem point of view.  I want to make the 100+ days left of my 24th year count instead of squandering that time away on Facebook.

1. Don’t wear sweat pants or gym shorts in public.

2. Go to an outdoor movie.

3. Ride the Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Towpath train.

4. Try a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks.

5. Go on a real, decent length hike.

6. Trace my family lineage back to Europe.

7. Do the Tour de Donut.

8. Finish Invitation to a Beheading by Nabokov.

9. Finish El general en su laberinto by García Márquez.

10. Make soybean baklava.

11. Be extra punctual.

12. Make homemade jam.

13. Cut back on my use of Facebook.

14. Make homemade ice cream.

15. Bake Irish Car Bomb cupcakes.

16. Write (and finish!) a short story.

17. Obtain gainful, respectable employment.

18. Bake mocha cupcakes.

19. Do a fitness event.

20. Pick my own produce.

21. Watch The Motorcycle Diaries.

22. Read a book every month.

23. Carve a pumpkin.

24. (Possibly) Get my TEFL/TESOL certificate.

25. Recreate simit as I ate it in Turkey.

What are your short term goals?

So, what’s on your list? Making a Bucket List

First, I must apologize to my fellow dames for my absence from our blog. It has been an incredibly busy few weeks and I’ve had difficulty finding time to write anything of substance on here. For that, I apologize. On a side note-graduate school is more work than I had originally anticipated! Whose with me on that?

On my roughly four hour drive back to school following a recent trip home, I found myself daydreaming on my car ride back about various things that I enjoy and want to experience at one point or another. Although I obviously want to have a career in psychology, there are many other things that I would love to do, but just don’t have the time for right now. But, what’s life worth living if we don’t take the time to experience the things we love in life? Every once and awhile, it’s a good idea to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. However-it’s DEFINITELY okay to get caught up in all the glitz and glam of the more exciting experiences in life, too 🙂

You’ve probably heard of or seen books titled “1000 Things to Do Before You Die” or “Top 1000 Places to Visit before you Die.” To me, it’s always seemed a little overwhelming to look at something like that. How can I possibly have all of those experiences in this lifetime?! It just doesn’t seem possible. Now, I realize-it doesn’t have to be that complicated and overwhelming.

With that in mind, I’ve decided to create my own working Bucket List. A Bucket List is simply a list of things you wish to do. Although many people might want to accomplish this list before they die, you can suit your list to fit your needs.

What’s on my list? I’ll tell you:

  1. Take a photography class. Although I joke about being a photographer if my career in psychology doesn’t work out, I would actually love to have this as my job! I LOVE photography 🙂
  2. Travel to Greece. I’ve never been there, but all the pictures I’ve seen tell me that GREECE=BEAUTY.
  3. See a Broadway show in NYC. I love theater and musicals and all things related. This would be awesome!
  4. Be in NYC for the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting.
  5. Take a ballroom dancing class! I think ballroom dancing is so AWESOME-and totally manageable. I don’t promise to be good at, but it would be cool to try.
  6. Learn American Sign Language.
  7. Become fluent in Spanish.
  8. Take a piano lesson. I love music and this is something I’ve always wanted to do.
  9. Visit Platform 9 3/4. What can I say-I LOVE Harry Potter 🙂
  10. Find Joy in Life.
It might not be that long of a list, but you’ve got to start somewhere, right?
So, dames/whoever is out there- what’s on your list? If you don’t have one, it’s really not hard to make one. I challenge you to have the courage to put your hopes and dreams down on paper (or in this case, on the internet).
If you’re looking for a good movie to watch, it’s well worth it to check out “The Bucket List” starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. It’s a touching movie that could help inspire you to make your own list 🙂
Happy writing to you all!