More and more I find myself thinking, “there’s got to be more to life than this.” As I near the start of my ultimate semester of school to finish my master’s degree, I have really started wondering what more there is. Sure, I will look for a job, maybe move, meet new people, and try new things. But those are things everyone can hope for and do. So I have tried to set a list of things that I REALLY do want more of consistently in my life (in a way, my mini, more immediate bucket list):
- Guitar: I need to learn. I finally made the commitment at the beginning of the year to buy one, but have made little progress in the playing department. I just need to suck it up and find an hour each day to sit down and learn how to play. I know I have the basic skills, I just need to get over the hump and get in the habit, cuz I really do want to be able to play. (If anyone has any tips for learning, send away!)
- Tennis & Golf: Unlike guitar, these are things I already know how to do (well, golf kind of), but don’t make nearly enough time to do. I have played tennis since I was like 8 and love nothing better than to play. The problem is, you have to have someone else to play. Golf I need to play not only to get better but also because I do enjoy it. I love going to the driving range for an hour by myself, but just need to commit to it regularly.
- Scrapbooking: I began scrapbooking my senior year of high school. I did really well for a while and am currently held up halfway through junior year of college. Not bad, no, but when it takes 3 hours per page, it is difficult to find the patience and time to sit and do a few pages. When I do it, though, it feels so great to get another page done and know that is one memory that is preserved forever. Corny, yes, but even as horrible as high school was, I enjoy looking back at my friends and fun we had, and want to keep doing that far into the future.
- Close friendships: My two best friends have been by my side for 22 years and 15 years, respectively. Loyalty is not a new concept to me. So it is harder now, being more permanently awway from said loyalties to understand how frienships can form and fall apart so easily. I want to work harder at 1) making new meaningful frienships and 2) maintaining those friendships. It sounds silly, but I want to be a more vulnerable person and allow myself to come out of my shell when I normally would not. Unforunately, they do work both ways, but if one fails, I do not want to feel like it was at all because I dropped the ball. That being said, the strong friendships and loyalties I do have can always use more and definitely deserve even more attention and respect.
- Take pictures: I used to love take pictures of everything: people, scenery, flowers. Now I don’t even think about it unless it’s after the fact and I am wishing I had taken more. I have decided that I need to take pictures every time we do something, even it’s just 2, and even if no one wants me to. They’ll thank me later.