I've had a creative goal list since I was young enough to start dreaming big. And dream big I did. My family encouraged it. They pushed me to do whatever my young mind could dream up. I've actually accomplished a lot on my phantom list. The trouble is that life has slowed me down and when life slows me down and keeps me stationary I get depressed. I lose sight of my goals and start going in circles. Hopefully this list will help me get back on track and push forward even if I'm not physically going anywhere.
Just to let you know what I've already accomplished on my junior high/high school goal list, here it is:
- Finish a long story (it was a fanfic, but it still counts)
- Learn to drive (freeing, believe me)
- Get my own car (check, love my little Saturn!)
- Go to college (on scholarship!)
- Attend a great art school (graduate school. SCAD was amazing!)
- Become an artist (check, next step get regularly paid for it!)
- Visit Disneyworld (check, I worked there for three months)
- See Cirque Du Soleil perform live (check, while I was in Florida)
- Go to a live music concert (Need to do this one again)
- Go to a big anime/comic convention (Dragoncon in Atlanta, GA)
- Teach kids (preschool and now Sunday School, possibly college next?)
And now here's my creative bucket list:
- Illustrate it (still working on this)
- Write and illustrate my own book series
- Find a literary agent
- Find a publisher
- Get book series published
Some people have said I should try my hand at a webcomic too. I'm on the fence because I don't know if I'm that organized or disciplined yet.
- Learn how to play piano well (still learning)
- Learn a second language (tried Spanish, got distracted by Japanese, then Korean. I really need to commit to just one)
- Become a successful freelance illustrator
- Design characters for an animated movie or a videogame
- Illustrate book covers that get published
I'll probably end up adding to this list, but for now there it is. I'd love to do a list like this for other areas of my life too. If you would, here's a blog on how to create a useful bucket list.
So, do you have a creative bucket list?