“All men dream, but not equally, those that dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act upon their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.”
It’s been a short weekend. I finished up all my classes here at the Academy and am only a few days away fro m being forever done with my plebe year. So, I spent the last weekend with a severe case of the lazies– I slept, I ate, I read, I watched movies and then I repeated the process.
I like to think of it as recharging the batteries. Now it is time to readjust my bearing.
My mind has been full of those questions again.
One of the many movies I watched this weekend was called the “Bucket List”– where two cancer patients played by Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson find out they only have a few months to live and venture off to do all these things they have always wanted to do “before they die” essentially. Ironically, I made that same list back in high school– well more than once throughout my life. I made one in the 8th grade, and another one in highschool. I was inspired from sitting in the back of Mrs. Blakemore’s Chemistry class with Joel Thompson and Kiffer Davis– thumbing through National Geographics talking about all the things I wanted to do when I got out of High School. Funny how those playful dreams manifest themselves into reality.
I miss those days, and think back to them often. Those were good friends… and it brings me much joy to hear that they are both “living the dream” in their own lives.
Anyway, so the brings to the point of my little blog– it’s time for a new list. I have already knocked off half of my top ten within the last few years– so it’s time to update it:
(I still need a good title for it… my other friend has what he calls his “cigar list”– in which he has the same things but the tradition is they smoke a cigar upon completion of any item.)
In no particular order:
1. Graduate West Point
2. Summit Mt. Killamanjaro– Tanazania, Africa
3. Summit Mt. Denali, Alaska.
4. Qualify for and finish the Boston Marathon with my grandad– side by side.
5. Learn a new language.
6. Learn to play a musical instrument– and play on a street corner untill I make enough money to pay for my dinner.
7. Get a tatoo.
8. Ride my Road bike from Coast to Coast.
9. Raise a family
10. Write a book
11. Step foot on all 7 continents.
12. Have a beer in all 50 states.
I will definitely add to this later– totally preliminary.
And I need to make it more specific… I could simply say– I want to climb Mt. Everest. OR I could say– I want to pose naked on the summit of Everest and have my picture taken… the latter is waayyy cooler.
So yeah… more work to be done on this later.