Time is floating right on by, and my last days as a member of the public education system are growing few. In an effort to ensure that what remains of the road to graduation isn’t too smoothly paved, I’m proposing a few challenges to myself in order inject some valuable turbulence into my journey (apparently now we’re on a plane). For real though, I’m really looking forward to completing these tasks before graduation, and I don’t see why any of them are out of reach.
10. Write a 10-20 page report about a subject I find interesting
This idea was inspired by the Moody’s Math Challenge this past weekend, which reminded me how much I enjoy working hard to produce a written product that I can be proud of. So much can be learned from extensively pouring over research about a topic for a few hours and then condensing it into a report. This is definitely a challenge I’m up for.
9. Finish Josh’s Story
If I combined it into one cohesive whole, I probably have about 20 pages written on the short story upon which I’m currently working. That being said, I still have a ways to go before I get anywhere near where I’d be happy making that alternate reality stop existing forever.
8. Start Vlogging
It really was only a matter of time before I made this decision. Like both Matts have reminded me (most recently Matt Albino) I would love nothing more than to grow up to be John Green. As Matt (Albino) pointed out, if I could take a “How to be John Green” class in college, I would. This class would surely include vlogging.
7. Read Twelve Books
Why twelve, you ask? “Why not?” I respond. Also, it’s realistic but not overly ambitious. My summer reading goals, now those are going to be overly ambitious. Also, obvious reasons.
6. Memorize 100 Digits of Pi
This is to ensure myself that I can, and in doing so to provide further evidence of the limitlessness of the human brain. Plus, I think it will be fun. I already have like 30: 3.1415926535897932384626433
5. Do a workout at the track later than 1:00 am
I’ve always wanted to do something weird like this. Plus, running around the track in the peaceful solidarity of a dark, warm night is just invigorating. (This will likely be after I’m done racing for my high school career).
4. Initiate conversations with random strangers
I won’t be able to easily check this one off the list, not because it’s overly difficult (even though it is), but because I don’t have any numbers anchoring it to the ground. Do I want to do this every week, every month, 17 times per 11 weeks (why not)? Also, what constitutes a random stranger? All I know is that I want to do this more than I currently do. There’s no reason not to make friends just because I’m leaving in a few months.
3. Write and perform poetry
I have a shit load of uncompleted poems on notes in my phone, unpublished blog posts, and word documents. I find myself gaining and losing inspiration very quickly when it comes to manipulating the English language to bridge the gap between the concrete and abstract . That said, I want to sit down, write something that I’m really proud of, memorize it, and perform it.
2. Learn and perform”Cups” By Anna Kendrick
This entails both learning the words to the “Pitch Perfect” song, and the more challenging task of accompanying it with sound of clapping and cup tapping. I’d like to make this a video and embed it in as a blog post. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a shortened version:
1. Make this blog public
Making this blog public is something I’ve been on the fence about since I first started taking it seriously back in January. I feel like it would really let people understand a lot about me that they don’t know, and hopefully provide a source of entertainment and valuable content. What am I waiting for? Maybe for life experience to chisel off a little more care-about-what-people-think-about-me stone. I’m not sure, I just feel like I’m not mentally prepared to start marketing the blog on social media, although I hopefully will be in the next few months. (I got my 1000th view on here today, which excited me)!