Oh man, I had to write one of these for my Expository Writing class! I still have it! Here, have a copy & paste thing!
Ten Things I Want to Do In My Lifetime
1. Visit my pen pal, Aaron [last name edited here], who lives in , England.
Aaron and I have been friends for three years, and through all the Skype chats we have had, I’ve learned so much about the British culture and I have made a great friend. Living in America, I have often spent Saturdays wondering, “If Aaron lived here, I could take him to this great CD store in [that one town] and we could go to that new move later.” It is hard having a close friend live 3,000 miles away. I really want to meet him in person, without the barrier of an ocean and a webcam.
2. Have a photography session during the months of Midnight Sun in Nordic countries.
I love photography, and having a friends who were born in Sweden, I have always wanted to visit the Nordic countries. The Midnight Sun is a natural phenomenon that occurs during the summer there (so it wouldn’t be too cold, and I hate the cold), and a quick Google search will show the amazing photography shots available during that time.
3. Go to Cleveland, Ohio, to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Great Lakes Science Center, Lake Erie, and my friend Geoff.
Music is my passion, and natural science fascinates me. I want to visit a Great Lake for the new experience, and I have not seen my friend Geoff since middle school.
4. Visit Japan in April.
I want to visit a culture that is completely different than mine, and the Japanese culture is a good match for what I am seeking. Cherry blossoms are one of my favorite plants, so visiting in April will give me the opportunity to attend the Cherry Blossom festival. I also love Japanese art, so buying some authentic Japanese works would be fantastic for me.
5. Take a trip to California.
All my life, my dad has talked about how great California is (he used to live there). I want to see a West Coast sunset and see if California is as great as he makes it out to be.
6. Go on a road trip to Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana (specifically new Orleans), and Texas.
I have never been to these states before. I have so many friends in this broad area, and also reading the book Huckleberry Fin has always made me curious to see how Midwestern life is along the Mississippi River. I want to have a personal photography session along the coast of the Mississippi River; viewing images from photography websites has shown me the complexity and detail of this landscape.
7. Get a college degree.
Education has always been very important in my family, but I am the first family member to have the opportunity to attend college. Not only do I want the personal satisfaction of obtaining a higher education to have a better life, but I want to see the joy in my parents’ eyes as I walk across the stage to receive my college degree; they have spent the last eighteen years of their lives wanting better for their daughter, and I want to make them proud.
8. Marry my best friend.
I don’t mean my best friend right at this moment, but I hope I am lucky enough to spend the rest of my life with someone who loves me for everything I am and will support me in everything I do. I hope that when I am sixty years old, I am with someone whose love for me grows more and more with each passing day. That level of companionship is one of the strongest bonds I have ever seen and I hope I will be blessed enough to experience it myself.
9. Become a positive YouTube role model and have 15 minutes of fame.
I don’t want to be in the spotlight for my entire life, but I am fascinated with how revolutions in technology have allowed people from all over the earth to have a voice and change the world. I admire the people on YouTube who use this power to reach audiences to create and inspire positive social changes. These people won’t be world-renowned like Mother Teresa or Mahatma Gandhi, but they supply that quick energy to get the masses inspired for change.
10. Build my own computer.
I love technology, and I’ve always wanted the satisfaction of being able to build my own computer to the exact specifications for how I want it. Hopefully, with the completion of item seven on this list (I wish to major in computer engineering), I have the knowledge to do that.
So basically I want to do a crap-ton of travelling and spending time with people. Writing this list made me feel like Ellie from the movie Up.
Let me tell you about Homestuck.