First, I have to write my letter of intent in order for my application for grad schools.
Second, I have to plan out my schedule for the next six months so that I can apply for volunteering in Africa.
Third, to look up part-time job in order to save up for school & volunteering - if I get accepted.
Fourth, work out my savings plan, and to become a better steward of my money.
Fifth, to set time aside for hobbies I'm picking up - e.g. learning Arabic, Russian, Hindi, improving my Japanese & Korean, and maybe learn some kickboxing.
Sixth, to learn how to cook - well.
The list could go on.
But what preoccupies my mind now is this - how to make a better sense of the world we live in.
Why do we work the way we do - probably to maintain or to improve a pleasant lifestyle - and just how in the world can we be content and live shamelessly with this simple goal of satisfying our immediate needs, materialistic desires, career goals, family plans - while most of the world's population is warped up in violence and hunger, disease-stricken and who knows what other hell people are forced to go through everyday.
To say these things is like a slap on the face. For too long I chose to live in the sluggish ignorance of all these things. Who cares if I can buy a brand-name t-shirt that costs $30 when a mosquito net can be bought for $10 can save an african child from falling into the deadly claw of Malaria? Who gives a damn when a brand name bag you just purchased can probably feed a war-stricken orphan for a few weeks, or even months?
I'm not too sure where I'm going with this. But what I'm convicted of is that I wish for change - change in myself, and if possible, then use what I have to improve the humanitarian crisis of the impoverished world we live in.
And yeah, there are poorer and more unfortunate souls in other countries struggling to live through one day, even as we are fearing for our own economic downfall.
Sometimes reality bites, but better to feel the pain and search for remedies than to let the wound to sit around and rot.
Now to number 1 on my checklist.