I’ve always failed at 2 things when it comes to the New Year.
1) Making resolutions
2) Following through with resolutions if I did actually make them.
So, this year I’ve decided to do something different.
I didn’t want to be a complete,lazy,defeatist,quitter and not make any sort of goal; saying I’d never follow through. But I didn’t want to be too optimistic, make resolutions I knew I’d never keep and up feeling like a loser, full of contempt and self loathing.
Instead, I’ve opted for something new. This year I’m making a bucket list. A bucket list of 11 things that I want to do by 2012. And since that’s when the world’s supposed to end, at least I’ll die with life a bit more fulfilled. Even though I did have some bigger bucket list items I would have liked to have done.
The list is comprised of a variety of things. Some items are just fun things I’ve always wanted to do but never have. Others are legitimate goals that would indeed make me a better person and then there’s a couple that are just random and will do me no good. BUT, they’d be fun to do anyway.
So, with that said, in no particular order, I present my 2011 Bucket List.
1) Be a slam poet I saw my first slam poet my freshman year of college at a NACA conference, and I fell in love. The power, feeling and energy these people put into their performances is AMAZING. Since watching them, I’ve always wanted to try it, just once.
2) Go on a solo trip Ideally this would be a impromptu trip. Where I decide just days before I leave that I want to. BUT in reality, it won’t happen that way. Partially because my work schedule wouldn’t allow it and also because I’d kinda like my trip to be somewhere I have to fly to. But really, I just want a trip where i don’t have to deal with or worry about anyone else and I don’t have to think. I just have to relax and enjoy myself.
3) Blog twice a week Blogging helps clear my mind and keeps my creative juices flowing. I quite enjoyed blogging back in the day when I was actually doing it regularly, and I’d like to pick it back up.
4) Call my parents at least once a week, individually This is one of my “this will actually make me a better person” goals. I’ll be the first to admit I suck at talking to my parents. In the sense of actually doing it and because I never really have a conversation with them when I do call. If I actually called them regularly, beyond the “Hi, nothing’s new, bye” or the “Hi, I broke my car. What do I do” I’d feel better about myself.
5) Perform in drag Yes, I’m serious. I’ve always loved drag queens. I think it’s the theatre nerd in me, and I’ve always wanted to perfrom legitimate drag. Sure, I did Simpson drag shows back in the day. But my makeup and outfits were horrible. I want it to be legit……..Well for the most part. My ideal drag character is a Ke$ha impersonator. A character. Someone, big, over the top and obnoxious. Something that manages to look like a big hot mess, but on purpose. Not just because I didn’t know how to do my makeup.
6) Take part in the 48hour film festival This another one of the things I’ve wanted to do for a few years, but never have. It’d be fun to be an actor in one of them. But, the boyfriend and I have also been talking about actually heading up a team and making our own film. I’d LOVE to do a campy-goofy-John Waters-this is actually a bad movie-but it’s funny-so I like it-type movie.
7)Go to my first concert Yep, you read it correctly. I’ve never actually been to a concert. Well, sort of. I’ve worked production on a few concerts in Des Moines and I did the programming thing in college. But I’ve never had the real experience. The spending money on tickets, waiting in line for hours, paying too much for merch type experience. I want that. Preferably, it’d be Lady Gaga ( I heard she’s in Omaha in March!!)
8 ) Reduce my closet by half I have way too many clothes. No argument. And no matter how many times I attempt to go through it and throw stuff out, I still keep way too many things thinking “I’ll need this someday”. I really need to just bust my own balls, say NO and get rid of things.
9) Take a community education class Something fun and random, like knitting (no, I’m serious) Or maybe even useful like html coding or a nutrition class.
10) Apply for The Amazing Race In college I was dead set on getting cast on a reality tv show and even made it to the semi-final round for the Real World at one point. But as I’ve grown older and wiser. The days of trashy reality TV are gone. This time I want to do The Amazing Race with the boyfriend. He’s agreed to it, so all we need to do is apply. And if you know us and have seen us interact, you know we have a chance.
11) Beat a video game This is one goal I NEVER would have thought I’d set. And anyone I who knows me college would agree. But, now that my apartment is home to a Wii, Xbox and PS2 I find myself gaming a bit more. The last game I beat was Super Mario Brothers on the DS and before that……….Super Mario Brothers on the Nintendo…when I was 10. (And this would be a pointless no good goal for the year)
So there you have it. A few of these I could easily do in just a day. Others may take some time. And I’m also sure there’s other things I’ll add to the list as the year goes on. But I’d really like to do them, for once, they’d all be a lot of fun (well minus having to get rid of clothes). But even then I’d be doing a good thing.
But yea,stay tuned and we’ll see what happens.