I tend to make excuses, but let me say that graduate school has ruined my life. Or at least my sanity. Possibly both. Being a person who spent most of their childhood running from activity to rehearsal to practice, I am not one for idleness.
Don’t be mistaken. I have my moments. Lately, those rare moments when I feel I can take a few hours off from schoolwork, I love slapping on my pajamas,and laying in bed with some Ugly Betty or Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. And for the first few weeks outside of graduation, I have a feeling that this is what my future were hold as I adjust to life with a masters degree, heavy levels of debt, and LOTS of extra free time.
But those moments are fleeting. And empty. Though I spend the day sleeping, eating and watching, I’m still tired, hungry, and bored in the end. While I need those days once in a while, in a post-grad life, this s&@! ain’t gonna fly.
I have high hopes for the next year. I’m not even going to add my social and professional goals that I hope to accomplish in a year’s time. (The goal of getting the job and a NOT crazy boyfriend I think are give-ins.) Below is my post-graduation bucket list. It will be added to, but nothing subtracted. Things only crossed off. I have a year from May 13th to get this done.
Can I do it? I think so. Will I complete everything? Probably not, but I have some goals. And what’s life without goals? I think this will bring me some of the adventure that I’ve been waiting for,and the key is that I spent most of time waiting.
Time for action…
1. Learn to silk-screen. (And I have the perfect image to begin with.)
2. Update this blog, like for realz.
3. Concentrate on writing and complete a daily writing prompt. (a la 750words.com)
4. Actually finish a writing piece that I begin.
5. Be able to play “The Unwinding Cable Car” by Anberlin on the guitar in one year’s time. (i.e. the smaller goal, learn guitar playing fundamentals).
6. I’ve always wanted to write a screenplay. So do that!
7. Rearrange my apartment.
8. Learn the subtle art of garbage picking and thrift store shopping.
9. Complete some do it yourself projects.
- Like a fancy schmancy DIY headboard
- Create an art piece/photo display
- Distress a piece of furniture
- Refurbish my desk to double as an entertainment center
10. Complete reading 20 books in one year’s time. (And become VERY good friends with the library.)
11. Perfect those cooking skills, missy. And try and retain some of those recipes of stuff you make. (Or build my own cookbook, I don’t have to try so hard.)
12. Learn the basics of photography, and put them into practice.
13. Grow something from scratch, and make sure it lives for 3 months.
14. Join a soccer team!
15. Volunteer on the weekends. Like with the 826LA project.
16. Actually use that gym that located in my building (that I’ve never actually set foot in).
17. Build a personal website.
18. Learn the basics of sewing: hemming, sewing on a button, taking in, darting, etc.
19. Redesign my Twitter page. (added 5.1.11)