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The Wish List May 26, 2005

Posted by MM in Mind Boggling Thoughts.
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I still remember it was in college when I made my first wish list. Xinxin and didi made it first probebly in high school. And one day xinxin chated with me about it. It was a brilliant idea to me. So I made my first list and put it in my wallet. Some wishes are about having different ability to do some new things. Some wishes are about having a wonder family.

The following are something I try to recall from my first list:

  • be able to speak a lot of languages
  • travel the world with my love
  • learn to swin
  • learn to play an instrument
  • be healthy
  • be good at a sport
  • have a family with my lover
  • have 2 lovely kids
  • live by the water (sea or river)
  • have a wonderful house
  • buy a house for my parents
  • wish the ones I love are healthy and happy
  • find a job I like and enjoy
  • can often go to the beach with my lover
  • financially sufficient

*by lover, it is someone I love and loves me

With time flying by, some of the wishes don’t apply now. However, I still long for the same thing – talent, gifts, health, and being happy.

It was last summer (2004 – after obtaining my master degree) when I accomplished one of my wish – learn to swim. It was then I realized unless I take aciton, all my wishes will never come ture.

It was in the 2004 spring when I was struggling whehter I should go for a PhD program or not, I made the wish list that I want to achieve before I get 30. When I looked at that list, I understand I wouldn’t be able to achieve most of them if I go for PhD. It makes me realize that I want to do something different. And the list was very different from my frist list.

The list contains:

  • travel in Europe (see more cultural and interesting things)
  • Have a 2-door sporty convertable car (Mazeda Miata/ BMW Z4)
  • Road Trip in Amrerica
  • Learn another language (Spanish/French)
  • Speak well in English, reduce the accent, & be come very fluent in any situation
  • Learn to play a music instrument (piano/guitar/drum)
  • learn dancing
  • get a job that I like and can support myself and my family
  • Know/learn to swim

For this second list, actually most of the items are very practicle and achievable as long as I invest my time and energy. But how much time and energy do I have? In my first list (made by when I was 18 or 19), I wish I would have a happy family with two children (by 30?). 4 years away from 30, I no longer wish for kids – my life is so instable to have too much responsibility. The stable happy family image is not longer ture and I learn to be realistic.

With time flying by, I might change my list constantly. I need to figure out what is important to me and what I would like to acheive most.


Europe Backpacking Trip Planning May 12, 2005

Posted by MM in Travel.
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We both have dreamed about backpacking for at least half a year since a long long time ago.

To plan for a long trip, first of all, we need to have time. Second of all, we need to have money.  We never have got either of them.

Howeve, without hoping and planning, it is hard to achieve anything. I would like to keep the hope up, and continue planning and gathering information.