Getting old and boring I find less threatening. Also, I love Mighty Lists (they sound so triumphant), and am constantly poaching ideas from other Mighty Lists to add to my own. Ticking things off that list has become like crack to me.
I snagged this in the library impulse-borrow aisle (it’s the random-book-pile next to the self-checkout [not the holds shelf. The other one]) to help tickle the old brain cells. Some of the suggestions are supah-lame, like Learn How To Tell When Someone Fancies You, or Be a Genius. When do you get to check those off? This goes against everything I ever learned about goal-setting Some are idiotic, like Burp or Fart (they recommend on a train, or while kissing [perhaps as a way of determining whether someone fancies you?]).
It’s when it got to the Make a Swear Jar (for Your Parents) and Cook a Meal that I was like, Ah, clearly this book is for the cheeeldrens. I am already old and boring, so this book no longer applies to me.
But it wasn’t a total waste. A few of them I modified for my own use, like Learn to Swim (what are we, Sand People?) I changed to Learn to Swim Properly. Like, I can float and move forwardly but when I go to swim laps I’m convinced everyone is laughing at my form. Also, I am not fast. Also, learning to swim properly will contribute to one of my actual Mighty Goals, Doing a Triathalon And Not Dying. Some of them are actually Neat Experiments For Those Of Us Already Aged, like Be a Vegetarian For A Week, which would only be challenging if I limited myself to one bowl of cereal a day, and verbotened crackers.
So. Old and Boring me, not so impressed. Secret Teenaged me, TOTALLY STOKED. There are lists and check-boxes and GOLD STARS to indicate completed goals. I would like to go back in time to 1997 and be all, Do not date that boy who keeps asking you. Climb to the Top of a Mountain and Learn to Do a Party Trick and Start Your Own Secret Society instead. It’ll make you less neurotic later, if quirkier of habit.
Six caterpillars for me, but eight for my as-yet-unconceived-future-teenage-children. Seven on the average.
Also, what’s on your Mighty List?