I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the next step I want to take these days. For the first time in my life, I don’t have a degree (mine or James’s) ahead of me, pulling me along through sheer stubbornness and the need to finish what I started regardless of the foolishness of my task. I just have a little under three years and the knowledge that I’m not where I want to be just yet.
I know I want to write more, and calculate errors far less. Beyond that? I suppose I’ll see.
For now, I figured I’d start a list of things I want to do while I’m still able. It may not have the urgency of a degree (or come with quite the same feeling of escape), but perhaps it’ll be a worthy substitute.
In case you’re interested, here’s a start:
- Climb the toughest routes in the gym, but make it look easy.
- Through hike at least part of the Pacific Crest Trail.
- See more of France.
- Learn French (working on this one).
- Brush up on my Spanish.
- See Spain someday.
- Backpack through Europe.
- Check out Kyoto in the rainy season. Apparently, it just “works” then.
- Hike in New Zealand.
- Learn to sew.
- Volunteer at a natural history museum.
- Learn more about ecology and evolutionary biology.
- Write every day.
- Write a book, even if I’m the only one who bothers to read it.
- Go back to the Newport Folk Festival (both days).
- Climb through the Franconia Notch in fall.
- Do a tasting menu at Alinea. (P, are you with me on this one?)
- Visit Vancouver again (because I don’t remember).
- Take a photography class.
- Go abseiling (soon!)
- Check out Ayers Rock.
- Start my own business so we can live in a tiny little town and have a giant garden full of heirloom veggies.
- Get a cat (or a dog — I’m not picky).
- Play at molecular gastronomy.
- Host Thanksgiving in Australia (because we can).
- Have Christmas dinner in July.
- Seek out the best pho in Sydney. (Miss Saigon in Hurstville holds the title for now, but I’ve only just begun…)
- Figure out how to save the world (or at least contribute somehow)…