Here we are in the last weeks of June… Summer has officially arrived, school is out for the season, the days grow a little more lazy and for the second year in a row I continue partaking in my daily blogging exercise, marginally focused along a question-and-answer theme I’ve simply called Those 30 posts in June. Still no planning. Still no writing of these words days in advance. Still just this: each day a meanderingly vague prompt drives a meanderingly vague post… and today that post just happens to be:
June 21st // Something You Want To Experience
I thought about diving into a single topic, a lone epic item, from my dream list here and then attempting to justify it, but instead I thought about it some more and opted to go the bucket list-list route. Some of these are very do-able. Heck, a couple would just require going out at doing them. Others are monuments of effort and skills honed over many years of work. Yes, some of these are fairly prosaic… but in many ways I too am merely the product of my society and generation, so some of my dreams actually are just that commonplace. Deal.
Driving a Coast-to-Coast Road Trip. I live in Canada, so this means — probably — finding my way to Victoria and driving cross-country towards some pre-determined point (in my mind, a rocky, be-lighthoused penninsula) overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Publishing a Photo. I’ve upped my chances of this with the quantity of photo’s I’ve taken, but still I think this might rely on either (a) getting discovered, contracted, and subsequently paid, or (b) being in the exact right place at the exact right time and capturing a moment everyone wants to see.
Completing a Marathon. Hey, I’ll be HALF way there in about two months. Again. Other than having a very good idea of the effort I’ve put in so far for THAT half goal, I see no reason I couldn’t strive for this pre-40.
Selling Some Words. Like the photo… effort, chance, or some other bit of coincidence.
Reaching the Summit of a Famous Peak. I’d say Everest, but everyone says that. Honestly, right now, I’d be happy doing Fuji or K2 or some other mountain you’ve heard of.
Speaking at TED. Of course, this means doing something noteworthy in my field of expertise, and having something unique and awesome to say about it. Right now I can barely justify attending as an audience member.
Hiking the West Coast Trail. Maybe when Claire is about ten. Family trip?
Conversing Fluently in a Second Langauge. Something tells me that if we keep Claire in French Immersion, my fatherly duties might lead me to this path whether I want it or not. Luckily, I think I kinda do.
Designing a Board Game. I’ve had ideas. Execution, and wrangling a bunch of friends to help play test it would be the big obstacles.
Giving Away Something Valuable to Someone Not Expecting It. I have this notion that were I to ever get something really valuable, I’d like to experience the complete and utter astonishment of giving it to someone deserving of it that wasn’t expecting it. Weird, I know. It just seems like it would be a cool and memorable moment.