My Hopes & Dreams

This is a list that I first put together back when I was around 21 and had the world on a string and all of that jazz, but I find it kind of intriguing that still over a decade later the majority of these lifelong ambitions continue to hold up pretty well!

Granted, I don’t know how much I particularly care about playing music or fishing with Jimmy Buffett anymore these days, but as for the rest of them? Luckily I’ve still got plenty of time! 😉

Learn to SCUBA dive.

Become an Eagle Scout.

Spend some time living in Florida.

See my writing published regularly in a newspaper of some kind.

See my writing syndicated nationally and/or worldwide.

Put together a new humor book, and get Dave Barry to write the Foreword for it.

Create a website that earns over a million hits a year.

Publish a few books and eventually be able to retire on the royalties.

Meet Jimmy Buffett. Spend an afternoon fishing with him.

Write a song on the guitar that doesn’t suck. Learn how to sing good enough to be able to perform it solo.

Watch all 100 of the American Film Institute’s Top 100 Funniest Movies. Prove them wrong by replacing the lousy ones in their list with my own choices.

Learn to surf, even though I’ll probably be horrible at it.

Photograph the sunset from a variety of different countries.

Ride an elephant.

Get my career to the point where I can do nothing but write for a living, if I still so desire.

See the Northern Lights.

Write an episode of The Simpsons.

Swim with a whale shark.

Find a nice girl that I can settle down with and eventually marry.

Also have children with this girl some day, and see to it that they grow up learning to think for themselves.

Buy a house that has a waterfront view, its own swimming pool, and enough room to construct a shark tank in the basement (for viewing purposes only…).

Learn to speak a second language.

Write and produce a sitcom.

Own a boat.

Spend an entire year bumming around the Caribbean on said boat.

Write a book about it.

Take a hike through Yosemite National Park.

See a killer whale in its natural environment.

Own a high performance sports car, and keep it for longer than three months…

Take home a Pulitzer Prize for my writing.

Spend a Christmas holiday in New York City.

See a performance at the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

Interview one of the original Muppet Performers about what it was like to work with Jim Henson.

Learn how to make something out of stained glass.

See the Egyptian pyramids up close, even if it is in one of those cheesy tours.

Contribute to the creation of a Disney animated film.

Witness a volcanic eruption.

Name a star after somebody.

Raise a million dollars for charity.

Spend a month (or two!) traveling the world to visit every Disney park on Earth in rapid succession.

Re-dedicate myself to my wife on our 50th wedding anniversary.

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