I’ve got a bucket list of things I want to do during the time I have left. Some are silly fun things, some are more meaningful.
1. Learn to sing at least 30 digits of pi… in GERMAN. Post the audio file on SP.
2. Get a smartphone and learn how to actually use it. (Update: phone has been purchased and activated. I’ve installed 2 apps, received a text, sent an email, and did a post on sp. Here.)
3. Drive somewhere outside my comfort zone, (At least 6-hour round trip), take pictures. (UPDATE: Done! Here are the pictures!)
4. Try grapefruit-jalapeno vodka
(update: DONE. Don’t bother. It tastes terrible.)
5. Email rocketman until he understands how to make his avatar picture show up on SP. (Read comments here and you will almost understand). (Update: DONE!!!)
6. Post audio file of me playing at least 12 measures from the Mozart Horn Concertos. (Example: 4 measures from 3 different movements would be ok. Anything that adds up to at least 12 measures.)
7. Spend this summer reading some classic literature. I’m not sure what yet. In past years I’ve already read Frankenstein, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, a huge amount of Edgar Allan Poe, and a good amount of Sherlock Holmes. I’m considering possibly Moby Dick…? What classic stuff would you recommend? I downloaded War And Peace (Tolstoy), and Crime And Punishment (Dostoevsky), but it just doesn’t sound interesting to me. I want something my brain has to think about, but I also want something interesting that’s going to hold my attention. Feel free to offer suggestions.
(Update: DONE. Though I’ll keep reading more.)
ALREADY DONE: (#8, #9, #10 are done).
8. Crochet a blanket for someone who needs it
9. Compose music for the symphony, have it played at a concert (This has been done multiple times.)
10. Donate at least 30 items of clothing/books/household items to a local charity that helps victims of domestic violence to relocate to a safe place (This has also been done multiple times)
My list probably differs a lot from someone who is not disabled. I can’t do the usual things like run a mile or do extreme sports. Some of these things probably sound ridiculously simple to you. For example, driving a six-hour round trip to someplace that’s outside my comfort zone. For me, that’s huge. Social anxiety issues combined with disability issues make it a big deal. In a six hour round trip, all kinds of junk can go wrong. If the car broke down, I couldn’t walk anywhere for help. Even if there was a house across the road and up a hill, I couldn’t get to it. So I’ll need to prepare for this the same way you would probably prepare for a week-long camping trip. Provisions, emergency contact plans, etc.
I’ve already done three of the ten things on the list. Some may continue to be done more than once (like composing for concerts, and donating my stuff to places that need it more than I do. I have a ton of stuff I need to either give away or throw away. I need to get rid of so much stuff. I want it gone.)