Endless Lists

An article, a magazine layout, a thesis, a dream of becoming someone.

A dentist appointment, an email, a blog entry, a plan for the future.

A date, a meeting, a celebration, a conversation, a chance to feel alive.

A skill to learn (typography), a book to read (Let the Great World Spin), a film to see (Never Let Me Go), a place to be in (museums and art galleries).

Lists upon lists. Typed on a silver metal notebook with black keys touched by weary yet hopeful fingers. Numbered, highlighted, pondered upon.

Life is made up of the greatly abstract things. Love, philosophy, art, psychology, engineering, beauty, biology, rocket science, color theory, optometry. Life is felt with the small things: the delicate movements, the words spoken once and will never be heard again in the same way. A breath of fresh air in a new city, a long walk on an empty street, coins for a beggar. A mistake, an accomplishment, a broken promise, a deadline met.

There are 54 items on my Things for Semestral Break List (made up of tasks ranging from mundane to silly to difficult to time-consuming to seemingly impossible) – half are highlighted, half are most probably will be left untouched for a longer time, as the flurry and busyness of school begins in a few days.

But I will keep making lists. Until I break down, until I figure out why, and how.

Universities List

Book Log

Travel Checklist

Things to Change In Myself

Things to Do Before Turning 24

“Don’t settle.”

Steve Jobs. I have been referencing and thinking about his insanely amazing life a lot lately.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

Things to Write About

3. how Apple products have changed my life

For a perennially lost and confused girl, writing lists, keeping track of progress and undying aspirations, helps her stay sane and encouraged to keep going. After all, we are not given a guidebook of how to move and act in this crazy and sometimes miserable but always beautiful, albeit fleeting and ephemeral, world. You get to, have to make your own set of rules, then follow them faithfully.

Things to Improve On

1. writing

2. being on time

3. keeping promises

4. staying true to oneself and especially when with others

5. this blog

What’s on your list?