I’m just curious to see what some people want to do in life, even if it seems unlikely or inaccessible (no matter the reason). What is one (or a few – or many!) thing(s) you would like to do in this life? Is there anything you feel is stopping or preventing you from doing so?
To get things going, I’ll just share some of my own:
– I want to learn ballet. I don’t have the cash to take lessons, or the time at the moment. I have a bothersome left leg, so I don’t think ballet is reasonable simply as a physical activity in itself. But there’s something so expressive about ballet – it’s so striking to watch.
– I wish I could speak fluent Russian. I’ve only been taking three years of it at the college-level, but I get so frustrated in attempting to speak it myself. There is something beautiful about the Russian language that I feel is missing from English. One day …
– I wish I could enjoy cheesecake. There’s just something off about the flavor. The cakes themselves are so gorgeous and look very appetizing, but something about the flavor and I just don’t get along. It’s so unfortunate. And I love everything related to milk and cheese, so it’s strange to me that I don’t like it. I even try it again once in a while, hoping my tastes have changed.
I want to make music. I like to write poetry and record them to rap/hip-hop instrumentals. Right now that’s the only genre I’ve enjoyed, but maybe in the future I will try something different.
Also, I would like to become fluent in French. There is something beautiful about how the language sounds. Every sentence sounds like music. That quality is something that I feel is missing in the English language.
What’s preventing me from accomplishing these goals is my insecurity. Maybe if I didn’t focus as much on what is wrong with my writing and more so on the good I would make more music. As for learning the language I am only stopped by my ability to study. I want to immerse myself in the culture! Maybe someday when I learn the basics I will travel to France and indulge.
@Christine, these things are achievable. What the fuck ? Cheesecake is nice, but fuck cheesecake.
I want to live in a spaceship and have an internet connection with maximum strength. Also, I want to have a big balloon. Never thought of that, huh? Yeah. Humongous balloon. I’m still not sure why. I just like balloons.
@ Jay – I totally understand the insecurity! I love writing poetry and short stories and the like, but not only have I not had the time lately, but I’ve struggled with being too critical of my own work. Also, it’s strange you say that about French … that’s the exact reason why I took French instead of Spanish in seventh grade (we were forced to take either; practically, I should’ve taken Spanish, but French is much easier for me to pronounce and such) and continued to take it for seven years. It just grew more and more beautiful – musical, really – the more I learned and interacted with it. I am so proud to say that I visited Paris for a week three or four years ago – one of the most amazing experiences ever. I was the oldest member of the group I went with, so it was amusing in my fellow companions “relying” on my “skills” with the language once we went gallivanting about the city and castles in the Loire valley. I’d never traveled before, and to go somewhere with such a passionate language and culture was simply stunning (for lack of a better word). Although it’s tough to get going, I highly suggest embarking on that journey of learning the language. It’s just icing on the cake to be able to travel there (or to French-speaking countries – I wanted to go to somewhere in Africa more than France, but the opportunity rose more organically in my school setting to go to France … typical haha). Plus, I literally had not been on a jet before, so that was an adventure in itself – I’d only visited a few nearby states in my life, and only a few times at that. What a journey! :)
@ Sasho – I know these things are definitely achievable, but they’re just frustrating. Cheesecake can just exist, I’ve grown to accept the fact that it is just cheesecake and nothing really that special. I probably ate it too much in a past life and got sick of it? Maybe that’s why I feel oddly about it. And the ballet thing is especially frustrating since I can barely walk without limping. Interesting about the balloons, though. That’s possible, too, you know. Ever been in a hot air balloon? Maybe not the best solution, but hey, it would be pretty cool nonetheless.
@Christine, never been in an a hot air balloon. But the idea of even a bigger one is nice. Actually, since I don’t have any real knowledge about hot air balloons, I’ll have to be with someone who knows that they’re doing, or I just might kill myself.
About the ballet, if you really like it – just do it. About the cheesecake and eating it in another life… I don’t think so. You exist only once, after all.
No matter what your goals are – entertain them. Now that I’m getting seriously into psychology, I don’t think I’ll have much of an impossible goal, other than becoming a Telekinetic, which is ludicrously and insanely impossible. :D
@ Sasho – thanks for the reality check. As soon as my course load calms down this semester, or hopefully during the summer, I’m going to try and figure out some way to try ballet. It won’t be a pretty sight, though – I’m not the most coordinated person, but hopefully that would change … only time (and actually attempting it) will tell.
And that would be so crazy to become a Telekinetic … not logically/obviously/[insert-similar-word-here] possible, but seriously. That would be so crazy! Just imagine … Now THAT is a pretty awesome response, so thank you for that.
Do NOT incorporate the word “impossible” into your mental dictionary. Beyond your fear, ego, cultural and mental biases lies unlimited universal potential just waiting for YOU to make the decision to utilize it. The more you allow your lower intellect to rationalize possibility, practicality, and potential of these things occurring, the more time you spend NOT taking DIRECT ACTION towards the manifestation of these very desires.
Humans attempting to understand true potentiality with hard analyzation via psychology and physics is part of the hilarity of the cosmic drama. Blinding ourselves to our true potential via elements which are manifestations of higher subsets in the first place, we become like dogs chasing our own tails. Follow your dreams and move headstrong into the storm, and you will realize that it was nothing but an island oasis the entire time : )
Well, nice to meet you/ I’ve conquered these things. First step: Don’t think too much. Second step: Don’t talk too much.
1) I want to revamp the entire education system in America that caters to different types of learning patterns, and doesn’t pool kids into “smart” and “dumb” categories based on test scores. As an aspiring teacher, I think we’ve turned the education system into a factory, and measure everyone on a baseline of standards, which is efficient. I’m not condemning the system as a whole, but the standards we’ve created to grade our kids on. Test scores matter, but they’re only part of the story, kids shouldn’t be labeled as “stupid” just because they aren’t great test takers. And then there’s the topic of kids from different culture backgrounds with varying experiences, all expected by the system to perceive a test question in one way.
2) I want to learn boxing. I went to a LA Boxing class a couple of weeks ago, which I would recommend to anyone under a lot of stress looking for an outlet. I just don’t have the time at this point in my life to pursue to the extent that I want to.
There are more things I want to do, but these two stick out to me at the moment.
my “impossible life goals”: relearn german, learn to speak fluent arabic, ge’ez, icelandic, mongolian and blackfoot
I want to build my own house/ art sanctuary
I want to help people rise out of their self-perpetuated negativity
I want to reclaim my spirit and have it reclaim me
I want to die happy and light
Thank you all for such wonderful responses – truly inspiring! I just wanted to say that I knew using the word “impossible” wasn’t exactly the right choice. I do agree that we only limit ourselves, and we should all just go for our dreams. I just wanted to add a few more of mine as well (again, not strictly “impossible”!):
– I want to help the homeless. I sometimes help out at a food pantry, but I want to do more. It just sickens me that in our society wealth is so unfairly distributed… I want to start a homeless shelter and just provide some support at the very least.
– I would love to be able to speak without being insecure when in public. I get nervous sometimes, but only when I catch myself in the middle of whatever I’m doing. I was at a poetry reading recently and read one of my poems, without thinking what I was doing, and in the middle I started shaking like a leaf because I realized that I had so many sets of eyes upon me. It’s an irrational thing, really, but it’s frustrating to experience. I’m really not very shy, but when I find myself in the middle of attention I get nervous as heck. Trying to work on this currently …
Well, since nothing is impossible i would just say what i want that are the less possible XD:
– To make an animation movie with my own script. How to do that actually? i must know people that are working in animation movies and to get them reading at my scripts and i really don’t know how to do xD.
– To fly in the sky in a big balloon. Where can we find a place where people offer to fly in a balloon?
– Spending my life by travelling everywhere on this planet! I can’t actually because of money and my weak health…
1.) I want to publish a book. Any kind of book, preferably something inspiring to kids/ adolescents similar to how I was. I want to tell them, through a creative, inspiring story, that it is alright to be themselves and to be unique, and that society will judge you no matter who you are so you just need to be strong and live your life the way YOU want it.
2.) I want to save somebody, somehow. I want to know my presence made a difference in somebody’s life. Actually, scratch that. I don’t need to know if I saved someone, I just want to save someone. It could be that I smiled at somebody and it made them decide not to have suicide. Even though I’ll never know it, at least I saved a person.
3.) I want to learn how to play the piano. I always believe that my creative side rests within my hands. Somehow they have a connection into my heart and my pure soul.
4.) I want a huge library in my house when I’m older. Hell, if I’m struggling to have ends meet, I’ll make my entire house a library. As long as my house is filled with limitless books I will be happy with life.
5.) I want to travel the world and see the most of it. I want to experience different cultures, different foods, different languages. I feel as if I can learn more about myself by seeing new and different things and go on adventures and trying something new.
@tuneofspeech, Your taste will change when you change your opinion about cheesecake.
Just think that you like how they taste, and contemplate on that. Try hard :) and get that negative thought out of your head.
-My goal is to travel to Asia and Russia, and make some psychological studies about their prison populations.
-Write a book about prison psychology :)
Simple as that :)