Usually I don’t set down (or think about) very long-term plans since, in the blink of an eye, everything can change. I live my life one day at a time and take events as they happen.
Having said that, I’m going to put out a few short-term goals for myself.
Re-build muscle lost from surgery, gain weight and strength
A few weeks ago, I got a gym membership (at an actual gym, not the smoothie bar/health club-type) and began StrongLifts. I’ll admit, it is difficult. Especially on the lifts that can pull on my side (laying down/sitting up on the bench is a bitch).
I already have gained 4 lbs and I don’t feel as weak as I did 8 months ago. In addition, I’m back to the point where I can’t remember the last time I woke up in the morning and DIDN’T have a boner.
I don’t have the problem that many of my generation had where I can only read books that were assigned to me. Reading for me was enjoyable and something I haven’t lost the love of. I’d always have a book to read in my bag throughout college and grad school.
I’ve read a lot over the years, mostly fiction, and now want to expand into the classics and interesting non-fiction.
Thanks to my Kindle, I can do this and not have a house full of books to read.
Work on increasing fluency in Italian
I have wanted to be fluent Italian speaker since I was a little kid (after hearing my Dad and Grandfather spit some dialettu). It wasn’t until college that I actually took a class in it. Since I started so late learning it, my progress amounts to me taking the textbook, putting it on my head, and hitting it with a hammer.
However, thanks to the ISO’s I scored of Rosetta Stone, I’ve had some progress. Now, I just have to put the time and work in. I’m shooting for studying for 45 minutes to an hour daily. Any longer than that, my concentration starts to drift.
Be comfortable in social situations
One of my personality traits is that I am VERY introverted. For the longest time (including after my surgery), I was perfectly content to stay in on the weekends and basically just crash/read/do house stuff/play a videogame.
I plan on doing a “shock to the system” and basically go out to where there are lots of people and talk to randoms. This is a win-win for me, since I become comfortable going out by myself, possibly get to know some solid guys and run my beginner’s level game on girls.