I was recently at my parent’s house, going through some of my boxes from years gone by. I used to keep a lot of really useless crap. I think I knew, even at the time I was throwing the items in the box, that it was crap as one of the boxes was labeled “School Shit”. I kept every notebook from college, every test, and even my calendar, called an Events Tracker, that I documented each chapter that I was to read on any given day. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that 75% of those chapters were either not read or not read until the night before the day where “Midterm” or “Final” was scribbled in it’s dated box.
I was skimming through my Events Tracker and came across a page with a “To Do” list written at the top. This is from February 1995.
|Note that I was supposed to tan at 6:30, on Tuesday, in February, in Iowa.|
|Close up of the “Goals” for the week.|
I found this whole thing so hilarious. For instance, on Tuesday, the same day I was supposed to tan, I have written “Othello”. I don’t remember what class this was for, but one would assume that I was to have read the great Shakespearean Tragedy by this date. Yet, I am just getting around to obtaining the cliffnotes that very week. I actually remember getting the cliffnotes for Othello and reading about as much of those as I had of the actual play. I think I settled on watching the movie and I’m guessing that sufficed.
I love the sad state of my finances as well. I’m not sure what I mean by “Get check from work”. I don’t remember having a job my freshman year of college. I am assuming the “Transfer $” was code for, Call Dad and ask him to transfer some of his money into my account so I can pay this ticket that I got. I can’t remember what the ticket was for, but being the educated, college graduate that I am, I’m going to say that it was for imbibing before the ripe old age of 21. Back in my day, the fine was a measly $35, but apparently I had already spent all my money on beer and was in need of financial assistance to resolve the issue.
I’ll say I never did put things in any kind of priority order. Things were and still are on a first come to my mind, first written down basis. I still keep all kinds of lists. I have lists for things I want to buy one day, lists for groceries, to do lists, crafts I want to try, dinners for the week, etc. However, a lot of these lists get made, but never referred to again. I may accomplish what I set out to do, but I didn’t need a list to get it done. Here is my latest to do list:
The only thing I have left to do on this list are making the dentist and the primary care appointments. I have successfully completely all of the other items.
If I was given the chance to relive (not redo) any part of my life, it would be college. I wasn’t a fan of the classes until the last 2 years, but I had some of the most fun of my life during that time and met a lot of my life long friends in those (*cough*) five years. That being said, my to do lists now may be boring and mundane, but they are so much easier. Maybe I would just want to revisit a week of my college years. My college list contains some of the things I loathe the most, like finding a job. Finding a shirt for Rory was a piece of cake and I didn’t have to answer questions about what my best and worst qualities are.