Twenty Before Twenty-One

We celebrated New Years’ over three months ago, you say. Better late than never, I say.

Normally, I hold off on “New Years’ Resolutions” until my birthday, in late January, anyway. And they aren’t actually resolutions…I like to think of them as missions. And the number of missions I attempt is determined by the age I am turning.

I finally brainstormed up twenty whole things during one of my many train rides over spring break, so here they are:

  1. Try gelato: so far, my favorite flavor is melone. Other recommendations: pistachio & ricotta,
  2. See St. Peter’s with my glasses on
  3. “Learn” one piece of classical music a week. As in, be able to identify the piece when I hear it
  4. Learn a piece on the piano
  5. Run in a race: during the class trip to Greece, I participated in a footrace in the original Olympic Stadium.
  6. Climb a mountain: climbed the Mt. Parnassus in Delphi.
  7. Write a letter to my future self (post-Rome)
  8. Go to the Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis
  9. Make Dean’s List
  10. Play the lick from Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” on the sax
  11. Read 30 books
  12. Write up college advice for my sister
  13. Go to 10 performances: So far, I’ve been to Aida at the Staatsoper in Vienna, Lang Lang at the Koln Philharmonic
  14. Watch 5 new films from the AFI’s Top 100 list: possibilities include Gone with the Wind, Schindler’s List, Bridge on the River Kwai, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Maltese Falcon, North by Northwest, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, or The Philadelphia Story.
  15. Figure out Fun.’s “Some Nights” on the harmonica
  16. Go stargazing
  17. The Research Project: pick a random topic to read about each month. Possibilities: cartography, astrobiology, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Pixar, operas, saxophonists, Cardinals baseball history, music theory, hair dye color theory, geology, eyes, John Steinbeck, epigenetics…
  18. Post every Sunday (at least)
  19. Punt a pigeon: kicking a pigeon is good luck in Italy!
  20. Not lose my glasses

Here’s hoping I’ll be posting again very, very soon.

On the Sidelines

All I did was watch stuff today, from Avatar to a TED talk about life in the outer solar system. When’s it going to be my turn to create something? And what the heck am I going to create?

I guess this is creating. This isn’t very original. Blogging. Writing. Journalling. I have to start somewhere, though, as my mother would probably say.

Also, I cleaned up my Listography a bit, and I am almost done creating my New Year’s Resolutions. Now, my New Year’s Resolutions aren’t your typical, run-of-the-mill New Year’s Resolutions. For one thing, I call them “missions”, probably because I was too obsessed with espionage when I was younger. Second, I don’t make them on New Year’s. I set up a list on my birthday, which is in late January, and the number of items on the list corresponds to the age I’m turning. So, I have 19 missions this year. I only need to think of 2 more mission ideas and I’ll finally have the 19 list set in stone; right now I have everything from (13) Try a peanut butter cheeseburger to (3) Run in a half-marathon to (15) Organize an epic party. I have 7 checks on the list already.

This list, along with my other missions list (Current Projects, Bucket List, Summer Bucket List) will most likely become a page in the near future. That way I will look at them more and maybe things will happen. Like creating something!

I just got back from camp preparation and I did a lunge workout today. Good night!
EDIT: My New Year’s Resolutions are now listed under “Mountains”.