When I moved to California last year I had a list of things I wanted to try. Activities, places to go, books to read, skills to learn - Experiences.
Of these ticket items - I’ve done a handful. Enough to keep me going, but not nearly enough that I’d like to have. Things have come up, I’ve gotten caught into a routine, I’ve stopped doing things I loved and I haven’t taken on new opportunities as much as I’d like to say I have.
That’s not to say I haven’t tried out something I wasn’t expecting to have done. There’s a number of skills I’ve picked up from a technical perspective in the past 6 months, I’ve made a great number of awesome new friends since living here, and I’ve hit a lot of memorable stages in life: My first nephew was born, turning 21, moving out (And across the country), and more.
But I’m still left a bit unfulfilled.
I know there are things I wanted to do that I haven’t yet - and it annoys me that I’ve put them off.
So, as always - What better way to ensure I do these things, as well as a nice reference for later, than write it down here? Here’s what I can come up with off the top of m head:
- Try Kiteboarding - I was halfway there when I bought a LivingSocial coupon, but the season was over by the time I decided to use it.
- Climb Mission Peak - This is a hill that I live nearby, there’s nothing fantastic about it, but it’d be fun to hike up as it supposedly takes a few hours.
- Long-boarding - C’mon. I live in California. I’ve seen this as one of the staples of the area, and I already snowboard so this would be a great way to keep in the flow when I’m away from the snow.
- Ship a project - I’ve been working on something in my free time, but haven’t done enough on it to really show anyone (Plus, the design is horrid - See my previous post)
- Spend more time in San Francisco - I was really excited to be working on things every weekend down in the city when I got here. Surrounded by the hacker vibe and culture of the area. It’s kind of a pain in the ass to take the hour trip up there though, but I’d like to go more often.
- Buy patio furniture - Okay, this is not really one of my goals after moving here, but I seriously need to do it; it’s too empty out there.
- Go to a Hackathon.
- Go to Meetups - Been to one so far, and it was awesome.
Join CrossFit/A gym (Finally did this..)
- Finish my books! - I have a bad habit of getting half way through a book and then getting distracted. I have, quite literally, been reading Cryptonomicon for almost two years now. Since then I’ve started multiple other awesome books, and left them half opened.
- While on that topic - Buy a bookshelf. These things are scattered all over my apartment.
The biggest thing that has hindered me is that I’ve gotten into a routine. A routine is a rut. I’m not talking about my day job (Which is awesome) - I need to be there on the weekdays during working hours, but afterwards I shouldn’t be doing the same activities. I need to try new things. I need to expand.
With that said - I’m going to make it a goal this week to buy a longboard and other associated gear and cross that off my list. There’s a shop not too far out of my way on my commute home, so there really shouldn’t be any excuse.
Heads Up: One of my posts next week may be about a trip to the ER.