I am happy to report that that's starting to change. Grad school has broadened my horizon and opened up whole new worlds of opportunities and possibilities, and suddenly the 100 years of life I expect to have don't seem like nearly enough time to do all the things I want to do.
That's why I've decided to create a bucket list. Listing everything I want to do over the next 70 years is a bit overwhelming--perhaps that's why I've never done this before--so I am focusing on the things I want to do before I'm 30. The clock is ticking: only 4 1/2 years + 1 week to cross all these things off my list.
- Create my own homemade Ranch recipe that is as good as Brick Oven or BYU Ranch. I've been working on this one for a few years and I'm starting to get mad that I haven't discovered the secret yet.
- Give snow skiing a try. Or snowboarding.
- Learn and master Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue on the piano. All 27 pages of it.
- Do at least one uncharacteristicly spontaneous thing, like skydiving or swimming with dolphins
- Travel outside the U.S. (yes, Canada counts)
- Visit at least two places in the U.S. I've never been to before
- Buy a house
- Buy a grand piano
- Get married
- Start a family
- Go to Harry Potter world
- Become a more ambitious chef and create my own cookbook
- Publish an essay/article in a prestigious magazine
- Pay off student loans
- Create my own library and/or music room
- Get my master's degree
- Stay physically fit, i.e., be able to play basketball or ultimate Frisbee for longer than five minutes without wheezing
- Finish reading the entire Bible
Anything else I should add to my list?