04 March 2012

I'm 17 Years For a Moment...

Oh wow.  In preparation for the new KING-size bed set that arrives to my house today, I've been cleaning, dusting, and pitching things like mad.  I'm not a hoarder by nature, so I thoroughly enjoy the pitching and purging process.

Except, I came across something I will not throw away...because it's just too darn hilarious.

It's a list of 35 goals I made for myself a long time ago...

The date?  January 15, 1993.  I was four months shy of my eighteenth birthday.

Here's my legend: an asterisk (*) means it's been accomplished.  A number sign (#) means I haven't done it yet.  A (@) means a fail.  Got it?
As they say in New Orleans: Laissez les bons temps rouler!  (Let the good times roll!) 

1. Move to Oregon (#)
2. Travel overseas (*)
3. Have 3 children (*)
4. Read all 30 banned books on my list (# - it's probably longer now)
5. Graduate from college with little debt to pay (*)
6. Skydive (#)
7. Send my parents on a Caribbean cruise (# - it might just be my mom)
8. Lose virginity (* - heh)
9. Go to all my class reunions (* - so far)
10. Visit at least half of all the US states (#)
11. Get a job with a salary over $25,000 (* - yes, but then I quit)
12. Be a regular on Saturday Night Live (#)
13. Meet Christian Slater (#)
14. Watch a San Francisco 49ers football game in real-life (#)
15. Watch a Los Angeles Dodgers game in real-life (#)
16. Go to the Olympics (#)
17. Whitewater raft (#)
18. Build my own home (#)
19. Have respectful and disciplined children (* - work in progress)
20. Live till I'm 100 (* - working on it)
21. Purchase a mediocre expensive car (* - ha!  Obviously I did not know the meaning of 'mediocre')
22. Own a hot tub (#)
23. Weigh 120-125 pounds by graduation (@)
24. Marry a basketball player (* - I did not specify professional or what.  Brent played in high school...ACCOMPLISHED)
25. Not get pregnant before college graduation (@ - I was about four months pregs when I graduated from college.  Maybe it's a FAIL, but I'm okay with it.)
26. To play professional golf (#...but it's likely to be a @)
27. Get braces (#)
28. Learn a musical instrument (#)
29. Go to a music concert (*)
30. Climb Mt. Everest (#...and I've lost the interest, so @)
31. Grow long hair (* - No specification on length)
32. Act on Broadway (#- See 26)
33. Stand on Mt. Rushmore (# - Must check.  I may not be allowed close enough to actually stand on it)
34. Visit all Seven Wonders of the World (# - Did not specify Ancient or Natural or Modern)
35. Meet Jean-Claude Van Damme (# - Ahahahahaahaaaaaaaahahahahahahhahahahaaaaaa!)

So, data analysis:
12 out of 35 goals - ACHIEVED
21 out of 35 goals - HAVE NOT YET ACHIEVED
3 out of the previous 21 - HAVE LOST DESIRE TO ACHIEVE
4 out of the previous 21 - HIGHLY UNLIKELY GOAL WILL BE ACHIEVED
2 out of 35 goals - FAIL

I guess now I know what I've got the rest of my life to work on!


  1. It is so fun to see what kind of thing you valued back then. Much less life experience to guide you, but so much enthusiasm for life!

    What happened between you and Jean-Claude? You never mention him anymore, did Matt Damon kick is @ss?

    I love that some are very general and others oddly specific. Ahhh, youth.

  2. Yeah, this made me chuckle, but was also a good look at what I valued then versus what I value now. And...some of the goals...? I don't know what I was thinking! (Climb Mt. Everest? When only, like, one guy's done it? And I have no climbing experience?! Ah, youth, indeed)

    Jean-Claude. Yeah, he had a string of really sexy movies, and I was in love with him mostly through my high school years. Then, I went to college...I met Brent...then, Jean-Claude seemed not so appealing anymore. It's probably because his movies were no longer so great...but more than likely I'd replaced him with Brent (because honestly? there's no physical difference between him and Jean-Claude) LOL!