I was recently inspired by an article I read over at Nerd Fitness. It was a how to guide on Living Vicariously. You know how sometimes theres a video or a person you see where you walk away thinking Man, I wish I could do that? Yes.
Well I decided that there are a couple of talents that I want to learn, a second language for one. Of course I prefer to start with small goals and work my way up. For this Summer I plan to:
1. Write a minimum of 50,000 words this summer.
I want to improve my writing and to do that I need to practice more. I don’t mean writing a novel, but short stories as well. Just so long as the cumulative is that 50k mark.
2. Swim a mile.
People who’ve read this know I swam a lot last semester. I didn’t continue this semester but I want to return to it. The most laps I did in one night was twenty. A mile is thirty five. I will work my way back up, I swear. I did this originally to control my back pain and it really is great.
In August I’ll let you know if I managed to keep it up.
I received this email today from an old friend. He lives very far away, so it was very nice to hear from him. Below is a little statue he made, and his explanation.
“I haven’t been well recently and being a private and very prideful person in general I avoided (and always have) getting help. Yesterday I made Gordon (see attached picture) because I felt so alone and detached. This prompted me to just swallow my pride and get a therapist. I’m waiting on a call back now and really hope this works out. I thought I would share Gordon with you all because he represents a breaking point with me right now. He was the only gourd that I grew from seed this year that didn’t rot or simply not grow. The place where I planted was too shady and the soil has some kind of fungus. In a sense Gordon was my last hope – I think that’s why I made him. Enjoy Gordon and I hope he may inspire your own Gordon!”