I’m coming to you live from the front lines of my last round of final papers and final exams. Assignments and grades are flying past my head. I almost had my ear blown off by a stray D+ in a beginner level dance class credit- stuffer. D+….in dance class. Isn’t that lovely? So lovely.
1) Get some mad banjo skills: My dad owns a banjo that he rarely plays. It’s been in our house since I was born. At some point in time, he opened it up and put a rag inside the head so “it would sound more like a hillbilly banjo” (that’s my dad for you). This banjo has obviously seen more of the world than most people. The battered case has stickers from all over the world (in at least several languages) including my favorite: a marijuana leaf with an prohibited symbol and the words “Halte la drouge!” When I moved out last year, I “borrowed” it, and I am determined to use it to channel my Tennessee Blue Ridge Mountain roots . I’d also like to keep growing my fiddling skills.
2) Learn more about computer science and web design. It seems to me that being computer literate will be a more and more useful skill as the years go on.
3) Dance whenever presented with the opportunity. Like this guy ↓. I may be in love with him.
Master French: I can read basic and understand basic French, but I want to be fluent so I can freely ramble the French countryside and read The Elegance of the Hedgehog (my favorite novel) in it’s original language.
4) Write every day: Journaling, observations, poetry, prose, whatever. I’m an introvert, and the act of putting pen to paper is really useful for sorting out my indubitably insightful thoughts and theories.
5) Novel November (National Novel Writing Month): Just what it sounds like. People around the world try to write a novel (50,000) in a month. I don’t expect to turn out the next 1985, but I think it will be a great creative exercise. I have never even considered it in the past because I’m so unmotivated to write and even less motivated to finish projects. But this blog has taught me so much about my own writing process, and I think I’m ready to give it a shot.
To you have a hobby to do list? How do you keep yourself active and learning new things instead of falling into the abyss of complacency? Get jiggy with the comment box.