The Ruminator

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Monday, July 11, 2005

To do list (life):

- Take singing lessons
- Go to Egypt and see the pyramids
- Learn to ride a motorbike
- Go hang gliding
- Learn to cook different types of food
- Visit New Orleans
- Learn to brake, and go backwards, on rollerblades
- Do a photography course
- Learn to ski
- Write more
- Learn to tango
- Master another language...

The list goes on, but you get the general idea. What I’m thinking about is that a lot of them have been on my list for years now, and all of them are achievable. I mean, we’re not talking about plans for world domination here. (I keep those plans on a separate file, under a different name.) So maybe it’s time I went out and actually did something about it.

Sure, money will be a big thing when it comes to international travel. But this is to do in my life, not next week, so that’s OK – it will happen. And I’m going overseas for five weeks in August, so I can’t exactly complain. Time is another issue. Learning to ride a motorbike may have to wait until I have some sort of midlife crisis that manages to make my fear of death less powerful than my desire to fulfill that particular ambition. I hasten to add it’s not just other motorists or slippery roads I fear – my mother would kill me.

I should also add that my life has not exactly been a graveyard of buried dreams and fearful hesitation. I’ve actually done some deeply cool things in the last few years, including, but not limited to:
- Jumping out of a plane
- Learning kung fu
- Learning to salsa
- Living by myself
- Abseiling down underground waterfalls
- Being on television
- Traveling around Europe with a friend, and around New Zealand and the UK on my own
- Paying off all my debts, including HECS

But today my resolution is to steadily reduce the number of things about which I say – “I’ve always wanted to do that.” Honestly, is it really going to be that hard to learn how to break on rollerblades? OK, maybe it would help if I was using something other than the cheapest pair of blades I could find in Kmart when I was in high school. Which, now that I come to think of it, was quite some time ago. And maybe I’ll wait until the weather is warmer. But I’ll get there.


  • At 2:19 pm, Blogger Minkey Girl said…

    Cool list :)

  • At 1:16 am, Blogger Doug said…

    A cool list indeed. I love that jumping out of a plane rates lower on the fear of death than your Mum's reaction to a motorcycle.

    Most mornings my list reads: "Complete PhD". Aye me.

  • At 8:12 pm, Blogger Marissa said…

    Actually, I like that my Mum fears me jumping out of a plane less than she fears me riding a motorcycle.

  • At 12:11 am, Anonymous Fi said…

    I agree on the list! I've been meaning to pull my rollerblades out for a while now -- shall we make a date once it gets a bit warmer?

  • At 8:28 am, Blogger Astrid said…

    Excellent list. I visited the pyramids in Egypt not too long ago and I must say, they won't disappoint you.


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