I’ve counted. Eleven weeks until graduation. Eleven weeks until the first day of the rest of my life (go cliches!). As my time as an undergraduate draws to a slow close, I’ve been thinking about things I’d like to do with my life. I think it’s great to have a plan of action and to pursue it. I’ll be the first to admit that I sometimes let fear get in my way, but I’m slowly abandoning fear in exchange for a full life.
Below is a list of things I’d like to do before I die or finally crawl into an anchorhold:
1. Publish a small book of poems.
2. Get a Master of Arts in English.
3. Get a Ph.D. in English.
4. Stay a few days in a convent.
5. Own a bookstore / bakery called Made in America (I got good ideas, ya’ll). I’ll sell American literature, with an emphasis on literature of the
American South. Of course, I’ll have a Medievalist’s Corner.
6. Present a paper at an academic conference.
7. Work as a Christian missionary.
8. Get married OR…
9. Not get married and live happily as a single.
10. Heck. I might even become a Protestant nun (refer back to #4).
11. Visit the Shrine of Julian of Norwich.
12. Wear nothing but dresses for a week.
13. Have five babies (dependent on #8).
14. Name all five babies with literary references. (Cordelia, I appreciate your unabashed honesty. Pearl, watch your dialectic tone.)
15. See a production of The Taming of the Shrew.
16. Teach good and other stuff.
17. Get business cards. Fancy business cards.
18. Get a cat. Or a bulldog.
19. Spontaneous plane trip.
20. Take a course in Latin or Greek language.
21. Volunteer at a women’s shelter.
22. Write more paper letters.
23. Write more fiction and poetry.
24. Throw my parents an anniversary party.
25. Write spontaneous thank you notes.
26. Just write more.
27. Become a good mentor.
28. Find a good mentor.
29. Read all of The Hunger Games series.
30. Stop worrying.
What’s on your “to do list?”