FAVORITE THINGS I NEVER GET TO DO
Have you also wondered what could have been if you thought differently, wanted different things or lived a different life? With so many things that I wanted to do, I think that if I developed an interest or devoted time in doing something else, I can be really good at it. Like if I developed an interest in swimming. Or if I didn’t hate math so much or I didn’t turn my back on science. It’s always that nagging feeling of “so many things to do, so little time,” that it makes you wonder what if you actually just do it.
I believe we do certain things because it’s either what we want or it’s easier that way. But isn’t it interesting that there are so many other cool things one could venture at if given the talent, the desire, the time and the appropriate passion for it?
Here are six things that I would have love to do if the gods of fate pushed me in the right direction:
6. Play the guitar.
I think it’s safe to say that everyone who has ears loves music. But not everyone loves music and feels frustrated at not being to play it at the same time. Maybe I can sing a tune, yes, but I’ve always wanted to play the guitar. For me, the guitar is the most powerful and most convenient of all musical instruments because you can have it with you anytime you want. And I’m all for power and convenience. Plus most, if not all, great songs of all time are guitar-aided, which is great. Another thing is, girls are easily swooned by guys who can play the guitar compared to the one, let’s say, playing the cello, the maracas or the trombone. Although swooning girls isn’t exactly a venture I’d want to try. Last time I checked, I still like men. 😛
Maybe it’s because my family isn’t exactly musically-inclined that’s why it’s been such a sad solo plight of mine. It’s actually a surprise that I was able to develop such a keen interest in music when no one in my family cares if you have toys for your first piano and guitar (so sad.) For them, music isn’t really something you should be obsessed about. Which I’m wholeheartedly not supporting. You don’t know how many times my mom gets pissed off everytime she talks and then she sees that I have my earphones stuck in my ears (not that I do that deliberately 😛 Hey, I’m focused!) Or every time I turn the volume of the speakers high enough to be heard by the neighbors which are actually miles away from us. My excuse is, and I think it’s valid, I always set the volume of the music according to how I want to enjoy it. Which of course my mom will never understand. Anyhoo, I actually long for the moment when my mom gets to be mad at me because I play the guitar all the time. Hehe Or we don’t need for anyone to be mad. Just help me play that effing guitar!
(Someone actually promised to teach me but that someone is out of my life so…it’s his fault, not mine.)
It would have been really great if I know how to drive a car. I could take myself to places without having to depend on someone to do it for me. Or depend my time according to one’s availability. I could invite my friends to go anywhere we want and then we could chip in for gas to lessen my expenses. Maybe we’ll find a hot hitchhiker in the process to share some awesome time with. Ö But sadly, I don’t think I’ll be able to do this since 1. I’m a nervous wreck. 2. I’m not very good with confrontations (especially with traffic patrols) 3. I tend to become absent-minded especially when I’m distracted 4. I think parking is the one practical art I can’t do (yes, it’s that complicated for me. Valets are expensive.) 5. I’d be totally frantic helpless if I get stranded or I get a flat tire or the machine dies on me. 6. I’m not even good at bump cars!
4. Work in the medical field.
During my grade school years, I’ve always excelled in my Science classes. Biology (aside from Physics) was my most favorite subject. I even represented our school for a National Young Scientist quiz bee once (although I wasn’t able to advance in the regional round. :D) In short, I used to rock as a science geek. My former teachers actually expected I’d take a pre-med course in college and I’d go on to become a doctor. But then HS happened. I found myself liking other things. Even though most of my classmates thought our Biology teacher was hot, it wasn’t enough to get me hooked to it again. But it would’ve been nice if I were in the medical field. I mean, I had the initial desire. I think I would’ve been good at it. I would’ve helped my father quit smoking (because her daughter who’s a doctor says so.) I’m not deathly afraid scared of blood and needles and human guts popping out anyway. (Okay, who am I kidding?) But then again, I’m not exactly good with my hands. I’m a super klutz. I’ll never do well with scalpels. And opening people up to save their lives. Plus, when a patient dies on my table, I’d probably think his ghost would haunt me for the rest of my life and I don’t think it’s something that I have the energy to deal with.
3. Learn to speak another language
You’d think this one’s not too late since many people take time to enroll in Instituto Cervantes or any other schools that teach romantic languages here in the country. Plus I was able to learn elementary and intermediate Spanish for two semesters (which unfortunately was not at all helpful.) But I would’ve loved it if I pursued to learn French, Italian, Spanish or German when I was much younger. Because it’s faster to learn that way. Plus the overzealousness of a child beats a young adult trying to make up for lost time.
2. Be computer savvy.
I hated MS-DOS. I thought it was utterly useless. And then forcing students to spend an hour everyday to deal with a black screen and stupid commands made it even worse for me. But then the computer world has improved immensely over the years. And it has become this complicated yet beautiful thing that you’d want to get to know better. If only these awesome things were available back then, I would’ve been more attentive. Today, it’s not so cool when all you know are basic Office stuff with a touch of Paint. It’s much better if one knows a few cool tricks like building your own website much like the best websites to date. Or creating a social network like MySpace or Facebook that has overpowered the test of common web knowledge. It’s definitely so much cooler when you become computer pioneers–who gets to create softwares or start web applications and trends for worldwide consumption. Like the next Jerry Yang and David Filo or the next Larry Page and Sergey Brin. If we could turn back time, highschool-themed movies will be so much different. The geeks would be the bullies and would definitely get the prettiest girls.
1. Be artistic.
I never enjoyed our Art classes back in the day because I knew I couldn’t draw well to save my life. But if I actually took time to enjoy it back then, I knew I can do it. Right now, I’ve been contented at admiring the works of the great artists I know. I find their work really romantic. Artists have this sense of individuality that I also find really attractive. It’s like they live for self-expression. And to be able to sketch or paint a picture so wonderful, you’d think it’s real, is just real talent for me.
Maybe it’s not too late. Now if I can just draw a cat without it looking like a shoe, I’ll be all set. 🙂