So I’ve been seeing a lot of goal-related posts lately, and it’s got me thinking. Perhaps I myself should write a list of goal myself. Who knows, I might even actually accomplish some of them. You can never tell.
My only hesitation is that my goals may not be considered interesting. I recall rolling my eyes at some other posts in which their goals are stuff like “drink room-temperature water” and “read book about cauliflower,” and wondering why, oh why, would they think others would find that interesting. Hopefully, no one will have the same experience when reading this.
So, alas, my goals:
1) Get buff.
You may not know this about me, but according to my doctor I am underweight. I’ve been compared to a young tree with the branches chopped off. People have trouble seeing me when I turn to the side. And while I do enjoy being able to fit through tight places, I would like to put a bit more muscle on. Preferably, so much muscle that conversations like this happen:
“Woah, is that the Hulk over there?”
“Nah, that’s just Matt wearing a green shirt.”
“Oh. So why’s he smashing cars and throwing them at people’s houses?”
“Well that, I’m afraid I don’t have an answer for.”
2) Get a sexy tan.
One of the downfalls of being Irish on both sides of the family is that it is nearly impossible to get a tan painlessly. Basically, I have to get sunburn, but not too much sunburn, otherwise said skin will peel and it will be painful and ugly for all involved (so, just me). But I will try my best. Hopefully people will look at me and say:
“Is that Vin Diesel?”*
“Nope, that’s just Matt with a shaved head.”
“Damn. Matt’s been looking good lately.”
3) Finally take advantage of my Netflix account.
Without school, the only real responsibility I have this summer is work, and there’s no homework you have to do for work. I also have to do a few summer assignments, but I plan on waiting till the last minute for that anyway. But during the school, I feel like I haven’t had the time to waste my time watching television. (I think that sentence was grammatically correct.) I still need to finish up Daredevil, and season 3 of Orange is the New Black is coming back soon. And I will binge it all.
4) Confront my Inner Demons:
This should be a tough one. I suppose it could wait till next summer.
5) Get featured on Engie’s Quarterly Rewinds.
Basically, Engie (who’s secretly John Green, but that’s not more important right now) recaps each season, and in said recap she features her five favorite posts from other bloggers. And if I don’t step up my game by the twenty-first of June, I probably won’t make it. Mostly because I’ve barely been posting lately. I blame the government. Oh, and chairs. Fuck you, chairs.
6) Finish that book I’ve been writing.
I technically did finish this book during NaNoWriMo a few years ago, but that was like, three drafts ago, and looking back at it, it was pretty terrible. (Most things are, I’ve found.) The story changed completely now. Like, there’s multiple POV characters, it’s told in the third person, and there’s a surprising lesbian romantic subplot that somehow managed to become the heart of the story. I wasn’t expecting that last part to happen. It just sort of did.
7) Get beta readers.
I really want to find a few people willing to read my manuscript and give valuable advice. I want most of them to be brutally honest, and one person to be gently not honest, just to keep my spirits up. The thing is, most of my fictional writing goes unread by most people, and the people who do read it aren’t reading with much of a critical eye. I need unbiased opinions, goddamnit.
8) Get to do the drive-thru more at McDonalds.
I’m sick of doing front counter, to be honest, and lately I’ve been getting to do the drive-thru more often, and it’s so much more fun. Well, not fun so much as challenging, but challenging in an exciting way. And the people who go through the drive-thru tend to be a bit more interesting. Here’s an example of one of many memorable conversations:
Me: “Thank you for choosing Mcdonald’s, how can I help you?”
Guy: “Yeah, I just wanted you to know that the people at Dairy Queen are a bunch of racist assholes.”
Me: “Um, okay. Thanks for letting us know.”
Guy: *angrily drives off*
9) Actually finish a book.
I can’t remember the last book I finished. I think the last one was Boneshaker, a steampunk novel about 1850s Seattle and zombies. It was great, but I had to return it to the library for the summer.
I hoping to really catch up on reading this summer. I mean, I probably won’t, but still.
10) Take full advantage of my Six Flags season pass.
So, what are your goals for this summer? What did you think of mine? And if you’re an employee at Dairy Queen, can you please shed some light on that one guy’s struggles?
*I think I may be confusing Vin Diesel for some other famously tan person. I’m afraid to look it up.