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dreams unachieved

November 23, 2014

Last night I went to bed really early (9 p.m.), stayed awake thinking for a while, then fell asleep long before Spouse came to bed. I woke up a few times to write down dreams. But I think I got close to 12 hours of sleep. (Which I desperately needed.)

Among the things I thought about…

I’m 48 years old. If I think strategically about the next 12 years, when I look back on my life from the vantage point of age 60, what would I like to have accomplished?

  1. At least 1 poem and at least 1 essay published somewhere besides a blog;
  2. getting paid for something I wrote;
  3. my not-a-book poetry project executed;
  4. now that I have a name that’s all my own, “making a name for myself”;
  5. writing about the topics I have been avoiding;
  6. my Estuaries/Terroir project;
  7. write SFF;
  8. at least 3 garments that I created from ideas, and wear at least infrequently;
  9. modular garments (that I created);
  10. my tapestries somehow look ‘finished’;
  11. at least 1 tapestry created and executed here in Maryland;
  12. friends who are creative: visual artists & writers (that I can interact with offline, at least occasionally);
  13. learn to cook, and do it regularly;
  14. dance regularly;
  15. make sculptural things ~ with glass and metal; with paper; with fabric and wood;
  16. go to Iowa;
  17. use my passport;
  18. more solo travel!;
  19. create a Travelling Studio;
  20. attend at least 1 residency for writers or artists.

That’s enough to get me started…

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 23, 2014 11:14

    A good mix of the aspirational and the practical. Though I suspect you can already check-mark #12 unless you don’t count “online friends”. (But, yeah, that one’s tricky.)

    • November 23, 2014 11:54

      Oops, I guess I need to edit that one. Of course online friends are friends! But, I’d like to have friends I can interact with offline, at least sometimes. I have no one in the entire state of Maryland like that (except Spouse).

      • November 24, 2014 10:20

        I do get that. Of course, it’s partly my whole “I don’t really count” thing, but I have a hard time claiming to be a friend of someone I’ve only met online. There are kinds of interactions and relationships that really do require face to face. But on the other hand, I have a similarly hard time claiming to be a friend of someone when we’ve only interacted briefly, even in person. So the chance to develop an on-going conversation on-line can help jump-start an in-person friendship. Or maybe I just over-think things. In any case, I find your on-line personality fascinating and would hope that we would enjoy meeting in person some day too.

      • November 25, 2014 21:53

        Spouse and I met and became good friends as penpals (pre-Internet). There are things it’s easier to say in print than in person. I’ve been fortunate to have had deeply intense and emotionally-intimate friendships develop online, beginning ~ 1998.

        I agree with you, though, that in person it’s often tricky to figure out when you can consider someone a friend. Everything usually takes longer than I wish it would, and it doesn’t always work at all.

        I’m definitely meeting some really interesting people – including you! – via Twitter.

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