Ideas vs. Actions

I love the idea of writing a book but I don’t love the work required to write a book.

I love the idea of running a marathon but I don’t really love the idea of all the training that would be required.

I love the idea of loving winter but I don’t really like the idea of being outside when it’s cold out.

There are so many ideas that I have in my brain. Honestly. (For people who do know me, I’m not always a space case – there are sometimes thoughts going on upstairs… not all the time… hahaha). Yet there are so few ideas that I truly translate into practice.

That’s a huge issue with my generation (people born in the 90’s). We have so many ideas and we’re so open to new experiences but we can’t always pinpoint just one that we want to focus on. Our bucket lists are forever running and yet, how many of those items will we actually accomplish? And will we be sad with the ones that we don’t? Probably not – they were just something that sounded cool but we didn’t bother actually doing the research. Time is fleeting, this I know, and yet it feels like it will always be there. It doesn’t feel like it’s been another year of my life and yet, I’m a week away from being 25.

My generation is going to be one with a long resume from all the job switches. My generation will likely be able to say they’ve lived in four different cities within ten years. My generation is not going to slow down gently. We want to have everything as soon as it crosses our mind. I’m curious to see what retirement looks like for my generation and whether we’ll have the physical strength and monetary support to live the way that we want. What is going to happen to debt and mortgages as my generation continues to age?

I sometimes try to be focused. I try to have specific goals that I work towards as the days go on. I try to have some meaning in the everyday rather than letting the days pass me by. On the last point, though, I will admit that I spend some time waiting for the next travel adventures that I’m about to go on. For example, I leave for Thailand tomorrow! Travel is something that has given my life that clarity that I was talking about – how sometimes it’s worth staying in so many days a week so I can go out on these grand adventures.

My latest accomplishment in enjoying the everyday is the fact that I have picked up more books in the last 6 months than I probably did within the 6 years of post-secondary education. I have rediscovered my love of reading and I’m so thrilled that it was one idea that I was able to put into practice. My library card is definitely getting its full use and my brain is happy for the influx of new ideas. I’m hoping that this new habit (along with this occasional habit of writing in this blog) will help assist me towards writing a book one day. That’s also why I’m trying to gather up new experiences – to give me clarity and new perspectives for writing a story one day.

Who knows that other ideas I might be able to work towards. I’m a work in progress but I still try.


Bucket List

So my birthday is coming up at the end of the week. A few years ago, my friend introduced me to a tradition of doing a set of new things per year (the number being the age that you’re going to turn). AKA this year, I should have done 24 things before turning 24. Now, I haven’t really kept up with this tradition but I think that it’s a pretty cool idea and I’d like to get back into it. I also want to try to tie some ideas from The Happiness Project and adding new things to my life to try to add to my happiness.

So my 24 things included the following:

  1. Donate blood – I did try to do this and did not weigh enough. But once I’m 24, that no longer matters
  2. Volunteer at a soup kitchen – nope 😦
  3. Go skating – nope
  4. Go see a psychic – nope but this is definitely still on my list
  5. Be a vegetarian for a month – not done but I did adopt meatless Mondays
  6. Play a game of chess – no
  7. Swim 10 x 100 IM on 2:05 – HA. no. Maybe next year without the time request
  8. Join a choir / something to start singing again – no but it’ll roll over
  9. Mail a letter to a friend abroad
  10. Bubble soccer – no but one day that would be cool
  11. Go hiking – started doing this one again, which is awesome. Just need to keep it up.
  12. Run over 10K – just barely over but it was done 🙂
  13. Do something crafty – knitting, cross-stitch etc – I did a few puzzles back in December
  14. Read a Stephen King book – I tried to read The Shining but I just couldn’t get into it.
  15. Take a cooking class – nope
  16. Buy someone a vacation – nope. Maybe in a few years
  17. Wine/beer/spirits class – no but that would be cool
  18. Go rockclimbing – no but I really want to do this asap
  19. Take up kayaking – nope 😦
  20. No bra picture – nope 😦
  21. Go on a picnic – nope 😦
  22. Hang up my SG singlet – donezo! Got my big girl career and left COB the beginning of June 2014
  23. Start and maintain a blog – kind of.
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So not the most successful when you look at it this way but I’m starting to think of 25 things to do before I turn 25… anyone got any ideas or suggestions?