What Do I Want To Accomplish This Summer?

Mt. Fuji - beautiful right?

Mt. Fuji – beautiful right?

Summer is when I get the most work done. Maybe its the inspiration of the warm weather, maybe its just because everyone around me is more relaxed and happy. Whatever the reason, I want to make this summer the most productive summer ever, both in terms of work as well as life experiences, a.k.a. bucket list items.

Here are some of the things I want to accomplish this summer:

1. Learn To Play The Oboe
Why the oboe? Why not? Its been awhile since I picked up a new instrument. I can currently play 11 instruments passably, 6 of them well. I’ve also always been horrible with reed instruments, and I figure there’s always room for something new and working on things you’re not good at.

2. Spend 1 week Relaxing By Myself On A Tropical Beach
Instead of taking the wife and kids, I want 1 week just to relax and recharge on a tropical paradise. I’m thinking somewhere like the Maldives or Bora Bora, though I’m not sure I want to be around all those honeymooners.

I’ve read that a break like this can be great to recharge the creative juices. Really, it doesn’t matter too much where I go, as long as its beautiful, serene, and I’m away from the world for awhile. Maybe Vermont?

3. Hike Up Mount Fuji
Its something I’ve always wanted to do, but somehow never got around to doing (even though I’ve been in Japan twice). There’s something peaceful and majestic about Fuji. It probably won’t be so peaceful when if I take the family, but hey, that’s how it goes.

4. Write A Symphony
I’ve been dabbling a lot in classical music lately. I’d like to complete a full symphony from beginning to end. I’ve never really had the patience with this sort of thing in the past, but with age, I’m thinking I might actually follow through this time.

That’s what I want to accomplish for the summer, I’m sure I’ll have a lot more to add to this short list in the coming months.

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