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I turn 31 tomorrow. That’s about half of my active life gone by. Out of these 31 years About 15 to 16 years, I have been allowed to take decisions for myself – thanks to my liberal parents. However, suddenly a feeling has dawned that I haven’t done enough. I haven’t written enough, haven’t travelled enough, not enough exercise, not enough photography…just a laid back life that passed by as I procrastinated. So, I decided to first have a clear idea of what I wanted to do in my life and then achieve them one by one. Not in any particular order, but just strike them out one after the other. So here goes –
1.       Get fitter. Be able to run at least 5 Kms , swim 1 Km and cycle 100 Kms without the need to be hospitalised after.
2.       Do a road trip of the GT road. The grand trunk road stretches from Calcutta to Punjab in India and even beyond into the neighbouring countries on either side. Travel this length, possibly with family.
3.       Dedicate at least 6 months to community. As in full time work for some sort of cause. This is other than the regular community work that I should be doing day in – day out.
4.       Live abroad. Live in a foreign country for at least 2 years. Work there, make local friends and expand horizons.
5.       Visit Himalayas and every state in the country, at least once.
6.       Blog regularly. At least one post a week. However short.
7.       Create my personal website.
8.       Act in a film.
9.       Teach in a school/ college.
10.   Earn a PhD.
11.   Own and live on a farm.

To achieve these things, I will have to actively change myself. Some things, that passed off as habits will need to change. These are:
1.       Sleep less. Not more than 8 hours ever.
2.       Cut the crap. There are useless things happening all around you. Stay out of them.
3.       Learn to say no. and then say it!
4.       Be helpful at home. To achieve most of the things above, I need Shveta and Oorja to be with me. I help at home = Shveta gets to be with me.
5.       Spend/ invest wisely. Every penny earned & spent has to be in order to achieve the above.

This post seems to be tuning into a power-packed one. Since it is public, I am under pressure to comply. Periodic updates on this will be one way to ensure I am on track. Besides, there is always Shveta to keep reminding me.:-)This post seems to be tuning into a power-packed one. Since it is public, I am under pressure to comply. Periodic updates on this will be one way to ensure I am on track. Besides, there is always Shveta to keep reminding me.:-)
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