As it’s a new year, it’s time for a new Uberlist. I first heard about this via the far-cleverer-than-I Kelly Sue DeConnick. She and her old roommate Nikol Lohr made New Year’s To Do Lists back in 1998 instead of New Year’s Resolutions, which is sheer brilliance. In 1998 they had 98 items on their lists (“98 Things To Do In 1998”), so since this is 2008, there are 108 items on the uberlist. My first attempt was back in 2003 and I’ve participated every year since then.
In the words of Kelly Sue:
I think I only accomplish about 30% of the list in any given year (one year, I didn’t finish MAKING THE LIST) and generally by June there are a good 10 items that are no longer applicable or even desireable, but it’s a fun thing to have nonetheless, and it keeps me focused for the first few months of the year. Then I forget all about it until about, oh, say, NOVEMBER, at which point I scramble about trying to remember where I put last year’s list.
I enjoy the process partially just for the making of the list; it lets me think about things I’d like to do as one year comes to a close and another one begins. I’m never too worried about what does and does not get done; in some ways it’s a list of wishes and desires, not of things that I simply must accomplish. And it’s fun at the end of the year to look back at what seemed important or enticing at the time. It’s simply not possible to do it all; I’d never expect myself to.
(That said, I pin it on my fridge so that I see it constantly.)
But, at any rate, here I go yet again.
1. Complete a 5K in under 25:40
2. Complete a 5-miler/8K in under 44:19
3. Complete a 10K in under 57:30
4. Complete a 10-miler in under 1:26:09
5. Complete a half-marathon in under 1:58:17
6. Complete a marathon in under 4:29:06
7. Go to the gym on a regular basis
8. Keep my waist fitting in 30″ pants
9. Run an 8+ mile stretch regularly
10. Run regularly during the week
11. Run a non-DC area race
12. Use the Yoga DVD/cards at least three times
13. Attend a Smithsonian Associates event
14. Go to an exhibition at the Corcoran
15. Go to an exhibition at the Freer/Sackler Galleries
16. Go to DC Building Museum
17. Go to Fort Marcy
18. Go to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
19. Go to National Holocaust Museum
20. See a performance at the DC Opera
21. See a performance at the Shakespeare Theatre
22. See DC Nationals play a game
23. See DC United play a game
24. Walk through Rosslyn’s Freedom Park