In addition to napping, healing, and all the other appropriate activities, I had hoped to be able to use this time to accomplish something meaningful, but that hasn’t happened. My level of attention isn’t up to it just yet.
I wondered a bit whether facing down my mortality in such a specific way would impose some sort of blinding clarity – I’d suddenly know what was most important and have a passionate need to accomplish it right away. Nope. Actually, the mortality thing didn’t change much at all. I already knew family was most important. Aside from that, I’m still interested in lots of things.
- I still want to learn to paint with the same techniques the old masters used, then use those techniques to create my own weird paintings.
- I still want to open a museum called the Museum of Corporate Greed where people can come to learn more about the impact our Corporate Overlords have had on everyday people throughout history (I’m guessing it might be more difficult to find funders for this nonprofit museum than if it were a typical science or art museum).
- I still want to design and build my own house.
- I still want to learn Python, R, SQL and PHP programming so I can explore the exciting world of predictive analytics and maybe use it to figure out who will win the superbowl each year.
- I still want to draft the perfect dress pattern that I can use to make an entire wardrobe of my ideal dress in different fabrics, so I never have to think about what to wear again.
- I still want to create an atheism blog that explores ethics, science, belief, and creative problem-solving from an evidence-based standpoint.
- I still want to figure out how to bake the perfect loaf of bread.
- I still want to build my dream wood shop and build a house-full of gorgeous furniture, cabinets, and trim that includes nifty hidden compartments and decorative bits only available to those who spend a little time poking around for them.
So when it comes to my non-work priorities, nothing is especially different. I’m not sure whether to be disappointed or happy about that, so I’m going with happy. I’ve decided to assume that it means I was wise enough to know what was interesting and important to begin with. 1) Family and 2) learning and doing new things because it’s fun.
Thanks to the temporary lemon-brain, I may not be able to spend the next few months accomplishing any of those fun dream tasks, but I have been able to spend it with Abe, which makes this time most valuable. Everything else? Hopefully, this bought us the time to work on the other projects over the next few decades.