by numbers

There are:

  • 11 days until the semester is over
  • 29 days left in 2010
  • 63 days until my last semester of undergrad begins
  • 177 days until commencement

The end is in sight. What a weird feeling.

to-do list

I had a staggering reminder of the fragility of life recently. It was one of those bone-chilling moments when you realize how little it takes and how quickly something can happen. Everyone is fine, but the impact is lingering — two full weeks later. So as I continue to process the incident, discuss the meaning of life with my budding philosopher of a best friend, and mull over the extremely cliché blog entries I could write about making every moment count, I’ve started to come up with a list of things I want to do/accomplish.

The term “bucket list” or “things to do before I die” seemed kind of bleak (especially for a non-smoking college student with no major health problems), so I just went with the classic catch-all heading: to-do.

  • visit every continent
  • read the complete works of William Shakespeare
  • actually take advantage of student rush tickets
  • spend at least a month living in Europe
  • visit all fifty U.S. states
  • become a published author
  • earn a doctoral degree
  • appear in the pages of Vogue
  • go to all four major tennis tournaments (Australian Open, Wimbledon, French Open, U.S. Open) in the same year
  • sing at an open mic night at a coffee shop
  • go scuba diving
  • swim with dolphins
  • read Les Misérables en français
  • have a full conversation in a foreign language with a native speaker of that language
  • travel to space
“We are always getting ready to live, never living.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson