At the beginning of this summer I made a list of to-do's so I thought I would go over that again now and see how I did.
Get learner's permit – Yes!
Research colleges and learn about potential jobs – A tiny bit. I'm taking a television production class, and hopefully that will help me know better what part of film I'm interested in, if at all.
Plan trip to England – I've made lists of where to go and found a really cool site for planning trips, I just need to put it all together and figure out about places to stay and plane tickets.
Get in shape – I've been exercising on average about three days a week and in addition my mom got a running machine which I've been using.
Take a break from reading – I didn't want to stop reading altogether, just give myself a break so I could enjoy what I did read. So that break happened, but now I want to get into a lot of reading again.
Make an eBay shop – I collected everything I want to sell and took pictures of it, but I haven't made an actual shop yet.
Improve my word per minute average (that is, typing speed) to 85 WPM – I mentioned I've been using this website, which is awesome. It has you practice typing all over the keyboard focusing on each letter and then goes back to practice any letter you're slow on, so the average really is an average of your typing, not just of easy stuff like a's and l's but of all the x's and z's too. My average right now 70 wpm out of 1128 samples and my highest is 108 wpm. I forgot to work on this goal until more recently.
Continue to research how computers work – This I didn't do as much as I want to and is definitely something I want to continue learning about.
None of those goals were very measurable (except the typing one), but I did work on each of them. Did any of you have goals for this summer? What was your favorite thing that happened?
Besides this stuff I was also working all summer and packing. Some of my favorite things were the Fourth of July when I was working and ran the cotton candy machine with a guy from work. I made the cotton candy and Nat ate the failed attempts. It's harder than you might think to get the stuff onto those sticks. Especially as it was raining and the paper sticks kept melting. But I am now a master. I also went to go see Ant Man with a friend from work, that movie is great, but the best part was when the unexpectedly feels-filled post credits scene came on. The best part of the whole summer though was Disneyland for three days mid August.
I heard this quote yesterday and put it up on my wall: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is mystery, but today is a gift, that is why it is called the present.” What with moving and thinking about college and school and an overload of emotions from being tired and stressed I like that quote as a reminder that worry has little place in reality. There's no use in worrying about the past as it's already happened, no use in worrying about the future as I don't know what's going to happen and can't control it, and no point in worrying about today, I can do something about today. I don't mean there's no point in planning or being conscious of consequences or anything like that, but worrying is different and doesn't help.