There are skills I would love to acquire in this lifetime if not bound by time and priorities. Other skills intrigue me in the mere prospect of having acquired, but so far less in the actual pursuit.
The latter category raises the question: how does one attain something yet lack motivation (or face total unwillingness) in working towards? I’m aware of two methods: 1) plug into the matrix, 2) reprogram yourself to enjoy the course. My tech-noir side prefers ‘reprogramming’ to the somewhat related but dreadfully academic sounding ‘cognitive behavioral therapy’ in the field of Psychology.
To emphasize the dichotomy, I separate the desires into two lists.
To acquire (if/when time/priorities enable)
- Powerful mnemonic memory techniques. Still entertaining the notion year after year without clear direction.
- French. Initiated, fair progress attained, but placed on hold in light of priorities.
- Japanese. Similar story.
- Esperanto. Eventually, I hope.
- Chorded, 1-handed keyboard proficiency.
- Hand sketching. Pursued on and off over the years, but never for long enough time.
- Plant and maintain a garden.
To have acquired
- To be a good swimmer and enjoy swimming
- To be a good chess player (and enjoy chess)
- Solo camping in nature.
- Comfortably manipulate fire.
- Self-sufficient living. Ability to grow food and build a home leagues away from civilization.
Questions, comments? Connect.