As the start of a project which will last 10 years, a fact intimidating enough on its own, this undertaking will also be one of the biggest commitments I’ve made in my life thus-far.
To plan it out, in true Max fashion, I Googled a list of the top things that people wish they had remembered or recorded about their twenties. This research has morphed into the subspecies of this living, breathing thing that I have claimed as my own. And it really is mine— by the time I’m done, it will be 10 years old, and recalling myself at 10, it’s not easy to nurture a demanding creature for so long. Knowing myself, I’ll want to look back at something short & sweet; reading an article somehow summarizing the 365 or 366 days of that year, or a slideshow of all the big things through my eyes.
People have told me many times that your twenties are a time to get to know yourself & always wear sunscreen, and one of the things I already know about myself is that I won’t want to shoot now— nor look back at later— dozens of days of footage from my so-called Golden Years. So what I can assure is a sense of adventure which I will pursue vigorously; never a dull moment or update shall pass under these fingers. Though I will certainly have mostly dull moments. I do sleep a lot.
This will be a test of my patience, willpower, strength, self-confidence, and memory. So without any further ado, here is my first update on life things, comprised solely of my birthday, yesterday. It happened on a sunny Saturday in Mindo, Ecuador.
With that birthday celebration finished, in no particular order, here are my ten goals of the year during which I am in possession of twenty years of age. As I accomplish each one, I’ll link to the post about its completion.
Goals for age 20:
- Run a 5k.
Travel to the Dominican Republic. Graduate from University. Visit Cuba for a few weeks.
- Become a Salsera.
- Write & Publish my first novel.
Truly consider myself fluent in Spanish. Fill my chocolate review book (~100 pages of entries). Memorize a good pancake recipe. Start making my own chocolate, from the bean to the bar.
Update August 2016: Well, 7/10 ain’t bad, but I’ll work on getting a perfect 10/10 this year, and hold off on two of the three unaccomplished goals for a bit. Hey, maybe I’ll even accomplish some of my long-term goals by accident this year.