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:
Try gelato: so far, my favorite flavor is melone. Other recommendations: pistachio & ricotta, See St. Peter’s with my glasses on
- “Learn” one piece of classical music a week. As in, be able to identify the piece when I hear it
- Learn a piece on the piano
Run in a race: during the class trip to Greece, I participated in a footrace in the original Olympic Stadium. Climb a mountain: climbed the Mt. Parnassus in Delphi.
- Write a letter to my future self (post-Rome)
- Go to the Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis
- Make Dean’s List
- Play the lick from Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” on the sax
- Read 30 books
- Write up college advice for my sister
- Go to 10 performances: So far, I’ve been to Aida at the Staatsoper in Vienna, Lang Lang at the Koln Philharmonic
- 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.
- Figure out Fun.’s “Some Nights” on the harmonica
- Go stargazing
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…
- Post every Sunday (at least)
- Punt a pigeon: kicking a pigeon is good luck in Italy!
- Not lose my glasses
Here’s hoping I’ll be posting again very, very soon.