The laptop I had at uni got broken back in 2005, and it was sent away and all that they returned was the hard drive. I bought a housing for it the other day (I didn't even know this was possible til my boss told me about it!), and I finally got to look at a capsule of my life from the last year of university.
Most of it was stuff I had copies of elsewhere, uni work, dissertation things, etc etc. University detritus. There was an email a guy I liked at the time had written and somehow I had a saved copy of it. There was a long article about Gabriel Garcia Marquez which I meant to read at the time and never did (still haven't).
The most poignant of them all though, was a list I wrote, of things I wanted to do before I die.
The most amazing thing about this is that I have actually achieved a bunch of these things already. I don't think I ever expected to achieve them truly. And even after it, I still don't know if I feel like I have done enough. I'm not satisfied!!
Anyways, the list is below.
Before I Die
New York (live) (job - museum/shop/design co.)
Paris (live) (job - museum? v expensive)
San Francisco (live) (job - museum/shop/design?)
california work at disney?
Build a house (Africa?)
adopt a chinese baby
learn to drive
have a pastel 50's american car
get paid for graphic design work of some kind
do work with some friends
make a zine (publish and sell on the stall?)
work for a graphic design co. (overseas? need to support self during this)
sell work to paperchase/liberty's etc - eg. wrapping paper
get outlets/have a business
Have own shop/boutique - London/manchester/leeds/new york/san francisco?
I should rewrite this list perhaps, though I don't know what I would add to it. It seems like it's a bunch of things which are mad flighty dreams, never achievable, despite having actually achieved some. God I feel so OLD!
They really weren't all that big of a deal. It's just life.