Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Before I Etcetera

Instead of Killing Yourself
wait until
a year from now
where you say,
“Holy fuck,
I can’t believe I was going to kill myself before I etcetera’d…
before I went skinny dipping in Tennessee,
made my own IPA,
tried out for a game show,
rode a camel drunk,
skydived alone,
learned to waltz with clumsy old people,
photographed electric jellyfish,
built a sailboat from trash,
taught someone how to read,
etc. etc. etc.”
The red washing
down the bathtub
can’t change the color of the sea
at all.
- Derrick C. Brown

Back in February 2011 I made a list of ten goals I wanted to accomplish in my life:

1. Graduate University.
2. Live somewhere else for a while.
3. Travel.
4. Move out.
5. Go to a major music festival in the States.
6. See all my friends who live far away.
7. Teach.
8. Make more friends.
9. Write more music (and maybe actually share my music with people).
10. Write a book.

Since then: I graduated with two degrees, moved out and moved away, went to Sasquatch twice, saw all my friends and family a few times (though I always want to see them more), completed my pre-internship and internship, made new friends and became better friends with old friends, wrote some songs and shared a couple of them, got two tattoos, dyed my hair purple a few times, got a new car, and got a job.
and that's just the "big" stuff.
I took silly photos with my friends, jumped on a trampoline with my nephews, planted flowers and watched them grow, read great books, sang my favourite song really loudly in a car with some of my favourite people, went on a plane by myself, beat the obstacle course on Wii Fit, rode a ferris wheel, cried at a funeral, stared at the stars.

and I'm going to be 23 in 9 days and I can't wait for what's next.

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