1. Re-learn Italian and French. I was getting good at Italian but then the real world came my way and it was easier to speak English to my father than in Italian. The truth is my grandparents aren’t getting younger and I will be damned if I am not able to have a full conversation with them in their native language. As for French, I learned it in high school and I loved it, but it is also something that I have lost. I want to gain it back again.
2. Learn Spanish. The truth is, it’s a language that I should know.
3. Learn how to follow the stock market and with that said, read more books about economics and its principles. I never took a formal economics course in college and its something that I regret. Also, it’s something my father is very passionate about and it would be good to be able to be on his level and have a few nice conversations.
4. Save up money for a new bike and do the Erie Canal trail from Albany to Buffalo. I’ve never been to Buffalo before and this would be a great way to see it. Haha, as for getting back, I’ll figure that out.
5. Go back to Potsdam for a weekend. It’s something that’s been long overdue and there’s been a lot of people I’ve been dying to see.
6. Get more involved in city youth programs. I was in the library the other day and unfortunately, the library faced some severe budget cuts and has to reduce its hours. The library is a youth hangout and a lot of kids don’t know what to do when the library closes early. Even though this is a setback to the community, this shows us that we need to give kids something to do around the city. I’m hoping to get back involved in Bike Rescue, so I can learn about bike maintenance, and most importantly, teach kids good skills.
7. Read more.
8. Try to be with my family more.
9. Get back into my faith. I’m not going to become a bible thumper but when I was down in Virginia, I had a realization that life is truly a gift and I can’t accept the fact that we were all randomly placed here. There’s been some instances in my life that I truly believe were not acts of coincidence. I do believe there is a God. I feel that something is drawing me back to the church and I need to follow that urge to see if that’s where my answers are. I don’t know if I can return to being a practicing Catholic because there’s a lot I disagree with the church and its views regarding divorce, marriage, homosexuality, pro-life issues, and evolution. I feel this is something I need to do and honestly, it’s probably one of the bravest things I’ve ever done. I never thought it would be so hard to write “I believe there is a God” for everyone to see. Tomorrow, I’m going to Christmas mass with my best friend. It’s the first time I ever made the conscious decision to go to church.
10. Learn more about cars.
Here’s to 2012.