Impossible List

Professional Goals

  • Get 2 years of formal job-relevant experience that I can point to in my Resume
  • Graduate from University with a GPA above 3
  • Pay off 50% of my student loans within 2 years of graduating
  • Pay off all of my student loans in less time than it took me to accrue said debt.
  • Translate professionally
  • Teach English professionally
  • Teach Spanish professionally
  • Get paid for making this or another blog
    • Publish one post every day for a month
    • Get paid for writing articles
      • Get paid for writing long, thoughtful, important articles
  • Get an Internship
  • Set up a Patreon page
    • Get 100 patrons on Patreon
      • Donate patreon money to Water.org, Room To Read, and/or OceanConservancy.org after paying debts
  • Become an Estonia online citizen
  • Get paid $15 an hour
    • Get paid $20 an hour
    • Get paid $30 an hour.
    • Get paid $50 an hour.
    • Donate everything above $50 an hour (after paying debts) to Water.org, Room To Read, and OceanConservancy.org for a month
      • For two months
      • For three months
      • For a year
    • Donate $10,000 at once.
    • Donate $100,000  accumulated.
  • Get $500/month of passive income
    • Get $1,000/month of passive income
    • Get $2,000/month of passive income
    • Get $5,000/month of passive income
  • Buy a Duet Concertina
  • Buy a Tesla (I care more about having an electric car than I do about having a car, so this can wait a while).

Personal Goals

  • Have a good romantic relationship
  • Be nicer to family
  • Be more organized
    • Follow through on everything on this list.
  • Be more patient
  • Adopt a kid (one older and less likely to be adopted by people looking to be parents, but who needs opportunity and would benefit from a home, maybe teenager).
  • Recommend 100 people to Tab For A Cause
  • Volunteer 10 hours
    • Volunteer 50 hours
    • Volunteer 100 hours
    • Volunteer 1000 hours
  • Go to a prison and listen to the inmates.

Health Goals

  • Run 1km every day for a week
    • For a month
    • For two months
    • For four months
    • Run it in under 5 minutes
  • Run 3km
    • Run 3 km in under 20 minutes
  • Run 5km
    • Run 5km in under 20 minutes
  • Run 10km
    • Run 10km in under half an hour
  • Do 5 pushups in a row every day for a week
    • For a month
    • For two months
    • For four months
  • Do 10 full pushups in a row
    • Do 20 full pushups in a row
  • Do a pull-up
    • Do 5 pull-ups in a row
    • Do 10 pull-ups in a row
  • Get into MMA
  • Work out every day for a month
    • For two months!
    • For three months!
    • For a semester!
    • For a year!
  • Eat a salad every day for a week
    • For a month
    • For three months
    • For six months
    • For a year
  • Do Yoga

Creative Goals

  • Write a novel
    • Write 2 novels
    • Write 5 novels
    • Get at least one published
    • Get at least one of them adapted into another medium
  • Write 20 short stories
    • Get a short story published by a publishing company
    • Get multiple short stories published by a publishing company
    • Be comissioned a short story
  • Write 20 full music pieces
  • Write a symphony
    • Write a good symphony
  • Animate a short
    • Animate 3 shorts
    • Animate 5 shorts
    • Animate 10 shorts
  • Write a webcomic
  • Illustrate a webcomic
    • Illustrate two webcomics
  • Collaborate with a writer/artist on a webcomic
  • Worldbuild an open-source world for people to wite within
  • Play piano again
    • Learn 5 Beatles songs (1/5)
    • Learn 5 Mozart songs (0/5)
    • Learn 5 John Williams songs (0/5)
    • Learn 5 Bach songs (1/5)
    • Learn 5 Chopin songs (0/5)
    • Learn 5 Tchaikovsky songs (0/5)
    • Learn 5 Howard Shore songs (1/5)
  • Play classical guitar
  • Play Viola again
  • Sing more
  • Learn to play the Concertina (note: Requires having one)
  • Design a musical instrument
    • Create a musical instrument prototype
    • Create a “final version” that can be sold
    • Show it off
    • Play it well
      • Play Pirates of the Caribbean on it
      • Play Hedwig’s Theme on it
  • Patent something.

Travel Goals

  • Visit every continent (including Antarctica).
  • Live in Europe for 6 months.
    • Live in France for 3 months
  • Live in Asia for 6 months.
  • Live in Quebec for 6 months.
  • Study in Germany
    • Study in German
  • Go to Russia
    • Live in Russia for a month
  • Go to Japan

Education Goals

Language Education Goals

  • Learn German
  • Learn Greek
  • Learn Latin
  • Learn French —part way there, can have a (shitty but intelligible) conversation
    • Become fluent in French
  • Learn Arabic
  • Learn Urdu–Apparently I have a Pashtun accent…?
  • Learn JavaScript —part way there
  • Lean CSS
  • Learn HTML5 and how to use it to do .SVG animations
  • Learn Python
  • Learn Russian
  • Learn Estonian
  • Learn functional Mandarin (I have no hopes for Mandarin)
  • Learn Italian
  • Speak at least 3 languages (almost there with French)
    • Speak 5 languages
    • Speak 10 languages
  • Practice eloquence

Science  Education Goals

  • Learn to do gel electrophoresis
  • Do more math
    • Learn Calculus
  • Do more chemistry
    • Do organic chemistry
  • Do more physics
  • Do more computer stuff
    • Make a webpage from scratch
    • Make an app
    • Make two apps
  •  Write 10 posts about science
    • Write 25 posts about science
    • Write 50 posts about science
    • Write 100 posts about science
  • Dissect a mammal
    • Dissect a non-fetal mammal
  • Participate in a paper that gets published
    • Participate in a scientific paper that gets published

Literature Education Goals

  • Read every Shakespeare play
  • Read every Jane Austen book
  • Read at least two more F. Scott Fitzgerald books.
  • Read classic science fiction
  • Read Dickens

Formal Education Goals

  • Have a GPA of >3.5
  • Do independent research
    • Do 4 independent studies, each in a different field
  • Get accepted into a good graduate school
  • Get a Master’s
  • Get a PhD
  • Research Venezuela
  • Research governance
  • Research tax policy
  • Do a post-doctoral fellowship
  • Teach a class
    • Teach five classes
  • Have 3 suffix titles.
  • Attend more than one university in a two-year period
    • Attend more than three post-secondary institutions in a four-year period
    • Attend more than five post-secondary institutions in a six-year period (done in a 4 year period!)
    • Attend more than 5 universities total. (3/5)

Other Education Goals

  • Learn to live more frugally
    • Use less than what people get for food stamps in the US in a month.
  • Learn to dance
  • Learn to specialize
  • Learn to generalize
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