So, yesterday I got tagged yet again by Meek Meek from intricately me and thought that it would be cool if I could kill two meme birds with one meme stone and so here we are. Straight to it.
8 Things I Would Like to Do Before I Die
I already covered some of this stuff when I wrote the article on my bucket list. I copped some criticism on Stumble Upon for saying I would spend my last year on Earth “working”. Yes, if this were my last year on Earth, I would still write on this blog…I would probably change the focus to more of a diary style where I chronicle stuff that I am doing to make my life and this world better, but tDA wouldn’t really go anywhere. So, here now are 8 things I would love to do before I die:
1) Use The Displaced African ( tDA ) as a Launching Pad for a Huge Project that Changes the Very Landscape of Africa
I am not using the statement “changes the very landscape of Africa” lightly. I would honestly love to die with my mural painted on walls throughout Africa because I did something that made my beautiful homeland better. Maybe restructure the socioeconomic structure of the continent, mobilize the diaspora community in a more meaningful and powerful way, change the way we immigrants relate to the homeland. I want to do something tangible to make home better.
2) Live the Four Hour Work Week Lifestyle
I have already spoken of my love for the ideas and thoughts of Tim Ferriss and his book the four hour workweek. I would love to have enough control of my time, income and mobility to be able to be able to step out of the Western rat race without suffering any consequences. I would, actually will, I’ll make it happen soon enough, use this time to:
i) Still my mind. I am of the dot com generation and I am a stimulus junkie. I want to learn how to just quiet and still my mind for long periods of time.
ii) Travel to countries like Singapore and South Korea and figure out what they did that we didn’t or what they didn’t do that we did in Africa.
3) Stay with PUAs for an Extended Period of Time
From the slightly more profound to the entirely superficial. I spent so much time studying these guys material, I want to see with my own two eyes if they live up to the hype. If I achieve number 2, this should be easy to achieve while I also achieve number 1.
4) Become a Renaissance Man
I want to make many changes to the way we think about a variety of things and want to add schools of thought to the areas of:
a) African health and nutrition
b) African immigrant’s relationship to work.
c) Sex transmutation
d) Marriage and relationships. Speaking of which:
5) Conduct In Depth Investigations into Relationships
Right now, I am absolutely fascinated with polygamy. Whereas few women will agree with me, at the moment it seems like the most sensible way for a man to be a man (i.e. with an ever wandering eye) and still do it in a manner that is not against any laws of morality or religion and maintains the dignity of society. Do polygamous marriages work better than monogamous ones? I dunno!
What is the best way for a man to nurture and love his wife? What is the best style of raising children? I want to take that, put it into a manual and put it into the African school systems. It’s way more important to most of us than understanding the distinction between celcius and Kelvin, no?
6) Be Able to Meet Anyone I Want
At the moment this is still very abstract and ambiguous and hasn’t crystallized fully but I would love to have the skill sets, resources and resourcefulness to be able to meet anyone regardless of socioeconomic status. At this time the people I want to meet are varied and include:
b) Anthony Robbins
c) Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson
d) Any high up American CEO etc etc
7) Become a World Class Dancer
If you have ever seen me dance, you know this is a goal and a half, watch this space……..
Go Seven Days Experiencing Nothing But Positive Emotions
I want to be an extremely emotionally healthy individual and so I want to see if I can go seven days experiencing nothing but positive emotions. Not with nothing bad happening but with enough mental toughness and resilience to turn any negative into positive and magnify positives.
I have hit emotional highs before and it was like I had an angel halo around my head. I want that back. Then once I know how to do this and can sustain it, put it into a manual and create an emotional health course for kids in school.
As you can see, my list, and Mo Ma’s are very Afropolitan. No desire for a lot of money, though that would be nice, or a big car, though a Tesla Roadster would hit the spot, or even a large plot of land, actually I want this too right in the middle of Central Kenya. Instead, I want to live as fulfilling a life as possible and be remembered for fulfilling other folks before I die. What about yourself?
8 of My Favorite TV Shows
And now, the meme from intricately me. I watch almost no television, BUT have realized that the only component a show needs to hook me in is for it to be about relationships. I haven’t enjoyed an Action film since Face Off, and over the course of this year I have been slowly but surely losing my male globes in favour of chick flicks and relationship themed stuff. So allow me to say it for you, I am nothing but a big girl when it comes to TV.
1) Big Love: One man + three wives = A world I have never witnessed before. Sadly, polygamy is dead in Kenya and so I have never actually seen a polygamous marriage. This program shows the highs and lows of the practice. The alternate storyline- a duel between the protagonist and his father in law-is warped but has me on the edge of my seat all the time because I never know what’s going to happen.
2) Keys to the VIP: Two men compete to see who can pick up girls in a bar. My mother got her Masters Degree while we were in Oz. She studied alongside people from everywhere including the States. She said that one problem she kept running into with Americans was regardless of whether they could do something or not, they would talk a big game. I don’t disagree with this approach to life per se, though I dislike it when people then become condescending without any substance to back that up, but this show proves my mother’s point quite well.
3) Frasier: As I type this, the final episode of Frasier is playing in the next room. I loved the moments when Frasier and Niles would begin having pretentious debates about the underlying psychological elements that were driving their strange behavior. A psyche junkie like myself lives for those moments.
4) Friends: I will probably over time come to stop watching this show because I realized I am not a fan of their values at all. They approach every relationship from a “what can you bring to me” and “how can you make me feel” mentality which I hope to never bring to meaningful relationships. But, they talk about relationships and all the way to the end, the Ross and Rachel thing kept me on the edge of my seat.
5) Kevin Hill: Something I love more than shows about relationships is shows about African Americans and their relationships. Check out the article I wrote on 7 Movie Classics for a sample.
6) Wrestling: Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson is hands down the best performer I have ever seen perform live in front of audiences. His character the Rock talks an excess of BS, but the way he delivers, his creativity, playfulness, sexual innuendo and the way has the crowds eating out the palm of his hand has made me a wrestling fanatic ever since. There are also some folks like the late Eddie Guerrero, Kurt Angle and the my-goodness-this-one-must-get-eaten-alive-by-women Kofi Kingston who are exceptional at making the fake sport look so real and compelling in the ring.
7) Human Weapon: I only watched one episode but I loved the way it was done. Two Americans go around the world trying out different fighting styles and understanding them, before engaging in battle with one of the masters of the art. Gives you great insight into the various martial arts. My father should have taken me to karate as a child instead of lying to me that he would….
Pretty Woman: Yes it’s a movie but I couldn’t include it on the 7 movie classics for lack of space. I liked this movie, haven’t seen it in a few years but I really liked this one. Julia Roberts just has this glow about her whenever she was the leading lady in romantic comedies.
Finally: Feeling Blessed
Do you have those things that you have done for a long time, in my case about five years, without being fully able to describe what you were doing? And the one day, you find someone who puts it beautifully. That is the case when I read this article entitled Feeling Blessed.