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Things you want to do before dying

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Or experiences you want to live, people you want to meet (even if you think it's unrealistic) etc

Also, what stops you?

I haven't really had any specific goals, at least not for the last 10 years or so, but recently I've been thinking I want to try racing on a race track. With a car. I've always felt kinda connected to driving cars, and the high I sometimes feel when driving is unlike anything else I've experienced. I want to drive somewhere I can push the vehicle to its limits and be reckless. It feels like something I'd enjoy a lot, maybe even be good at, but I can never know for sure unless I try.

What stops me from trying would be availability (no race tracks in sight), also finances. As of now I don't have enough free capital to do it. I guess health is also a slight concern, I'm not sure if I'm healthy enough to travel with all the stress and work that would entail.
 

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Get published
 
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recently I've been thinking I want to try racing on a race track. With a car.
good thing you specified :^)

in no particular order:

- write a book
- have sex on a church altar
- write a book about having sex on a church altar
- roll down a really, really big hill
- write a book detailing the pros and cons of rolling down really, really big hills
- meet vladimir putin
- write a book abou- maybe i'll just put it all in the one book
- get the band back together
- make music
- start a cult
- skip through a prestigious museum cackling maniacally

current barriers to progress:

- i'm shit and lazy
- finding someone willing to break into a church and have sex on the altar is proving difficult
- australia has no big hills
- vladimir doesn't return my calls
- john belushi is dead and he was a pretty integral part of the band
- im shit and lazy
- im shit and lazy
- haven't had the chance to go to a prestigious museum yet
 

higs

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What are you writing about?
Oh, you know. Stuff.

What kind of race car do you picture yourself in ? I'm guessing it's not formula 1.
 
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I’m in an awkward part of my life where I’ve just achieved the last of my must-do-before-dying items. Sure there’s a lot of trivial things I’d like to do, but I’m now without any real, tangible goals/wishes. I’d still like to do certain travel destinations, and probably own property and other such trivialities, but the list is just empty at this moment.

This year has been leading up to completion of my final goal which I worked towards for 9 years, and throughout the year I’ve been in a fluctuating state of varying degrees of existential crises. These crises have since concluded, and left behind them the person I am at this moment, a person who is just... being?

I’m no longer working towards anything, and there’s no bucket list item I’m aiming for; so I seem to have found myself free to finally just ‘be myself’. I also think I’ve finally figured out what that means.

I’m still performing at a high level in my ‘career’ and all that; but without an overarching goal, I’ve found my skill advancement to have taken a hockey-stick upturn, which I attribute to the lack of internal pressure from trying to achieve. I’m kind of just enjoying that right now. I’ll just continue on the arbitrary path of mastery for a while and enjoy it and see where it takes me...

I think I will eventually build up a new list, but for the time being, I’ll just bask in the satisfaction of having achieved what I set out to do.

I can finally just, for a time, be Happy :king-twitter:
 

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I can finally just, for a time, be Happy :king-twitter:
I’m happy for you, Happy!

& redb proves to be relatable again

- - -
I want to go to more AJJ concerts. That band is really inspiring to me and it’s just a great experience.
More punk concerts in general. Political activism concerts? The actual best things. I need me more of them.

I’ve heard from People that everyone should shave their head or part of it at least once in their life. That it’s very freeing and allows you to focus on your Own Self.
( I’ve also been told that people who shave their eyebrows off fear neither god nor satan and I’d really like to be free of trace religious fears, so that’s a... very tentative thing, doesn’t seem like I realistically would, but it’s sometjing I think about a lot. )

-Climbing mountains


I’m fallisng asleep.

-
 

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Do I get to wear robes and a mask?
 

Adaire

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It's rb's cult; it'd be weird if you didn't.


I wanna ride the vomit comet.
 
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cult meetings will now have been relocated and will now be held in the vomit comet at 3pm every 2nd wednesday
 
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create a new industry in south africa.
make a AAA video game that nets me at least 3 million dollars.
make an animation that wins some type of award, i'll take anything.
move the animation standards back towards originality in concepts and not money spinning projects.

what was stopping me, a quest to assimilate as much knowledge as possible while high on various narcotics.
better late than never i guess
 
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create a new industry in south africa.
make a AAA video game that nets me at least 3 million dollars.
make an animation that wins some type of award, i'll take anything.
move the animation standards back towards originality in concepts and not money spinning projects.

what was stopping me, a quest to assimilate as much knowledge as possible while high on various narcotics.
better late than never i guess
Here’s my unsolicited two cents:

Your creative goals/wishes as stated here are too specific and it’ll be too easy to fall off the wagon. Better to have short term achievable goals with the overarching goal of mastering your craft. that’s how you sustain interest in long term creative pursuits. It’s also a lot easier to course-correct when you’re planning on a shorter timeline.

Best to focus on being the best video game creator/animator that you can possibly be, andlet the opportunities and money flow in, than to aim to make the oddly specific 3 million dollars.
 

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@Happy I would say those goals are a bit too vague. I've been working on an independent project of sorts over the last 2 years, and it's now almost done. At the outset I had a pretty specific vision in mind, and then broke it down to very concrete steps. But like you say, after its being broken down into steps and it's very clear what has to be done, it's more important to develop habits and systems, and take pleasure from just executing the plan and having the sense that one is learning new things and evolving in terms of one's skills.
 
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happy: your goals are too specific
serac: your goals are too vague

democracy sucks
 
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create a new industry in south africa.
make a AAA video game that nets me at least 3 million dollars.
make an animation that wins some type of award, i'll take anything.
move the animation standards back towards originality in concepts and not money spinning projects.

what was stopping me, a quest to assimilate as much knowledge as possible while high on various narcotics.
better late than never i guess
Here’s my unsolicited two cents:

Your creative goals/wishes as stated here are too specific and it’ll be too easy to fall off the wagon. Better to have short term achievable goals with the overarching goal of mastering your craft. that’s how you sustain interest in long term creative pursuits. It’s also a lot easier to course-correct when you’re planning on a shorter timeline.

Best to focus on being the best video game creator/animator that you can possibly be, andlet the opportunities and money flow in, than to aim to make the oddly specific 3 million dollars.
lol i'm opening a studio, first step is advertisements.
i might only make a video game some 15/20 years after this post.
also wanna start a school to man that studio eventually, more threads than i would advertise are being wound together.
if the studio fails then i can teach kids why you don't open a studio thinking it's a good idea.
the down time is whack though, which is a welcome change to what i was 5 years ago always craving down time lol.
 
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@Happy I would say those goals are a bit too vague. I've been working on an independent project of sorts over the last 2 years, and it's now almost done. At the outset I had a pretty specific vision in mind, and then broke it down to very concrete steps. But like you say, after its being broken down into steps and it's very clear what has to be done, it's more important to develop habits and systems, and take pleasure from just executing the plan and having the sense that one is learning new things and evolving in terms of one's skills.
I don’t disagree with you there. I thought aiyanah was in a much earlier stage of their journey than it turns out they are (opening a studio is pretty far along towards those goals). My two cents would have been more valid for someone at an earlier stage in their journey. Still, I think there’s too many items in that list.

@aiyanah best of luck with the studio. That’s no easy feat.

In other thread-related news, I think I’ve worked out my next long term goal, and while it’s mundane AF, I think it’s definitely something that fits the “Things you want to do before dying” thread parameter. It’s something that caught my interest about a year or 2 ago. It is to achieve financial independence. Step 1: define what that means for me. Step 2: break it into actionable steps and define a timeline.

Okay, GO!
 

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Haha, go @Happy

I had to think about this. There were a couple of things when I was younger, but I have never really had a very definite goal. I sort of had things vaguely planned out, and they went to plan until I became ill and had to do a 180˚.

It just took a bit longer than I thought it would, but if everything went to plan, life would be predictable and perhaps I'd be bored by now. And if there is anything I fear, it is boredom - although I do understand boredom is necessary for development. If I didn't get bored so quickly, I would never have done all the things I did.

I have put down foundations upon which I can build many interesting things and I'm in the process of realising a couple...or three. It is pretty exciting because I don't know where it will take me and that is the interesting part. Not knowing, that is.

In terms of concrete things though...I would like to write a book. If I can find the time. Maybe several books? And there are several paintings I'd like to start, but again - time. And maybe get piano lessons, I'm a bit sick of reverse engineering everything...

Perhaps I will do a PhD, but I'm not rushing into it because it has to be the right kind of project. I'm just waiting for the right opportunity, and I need to prioritise my health first if I'm going to get anything done. Not feeling great right now, but I have used that time to come up with ideas, at least.
 

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@Happy

Are you done with your architecture program? Have you gotten a license?
 
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@Happy

Are you done with your architecture program? Have you gotten a license?
Yeah fully licensed and finally working in my dream job. I very nearly sold out too, after a few years of working jobs I disliked, but stuck it out and got to the other side.
 

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Really happy for you dude. Personally I'm taking the urban planning route so I can work developing countries.. Not sure how my plans will pan out but I'm encouraged by your success. Hope the best in your new position !
 
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Ah thanks @onesteptwostep :)
Best of luck to you. That’s a noble goal.

(I’m actually gearing up to do a bit of that in a developing country next year. Really looking forward to it!)
 
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