Chris’ Midterm Report Card aka All Downhill From Here!
PROJECT “DO ME A SOLID”
- I’ll do a bit of everything, as long as my good deeds can have a DIRECT impact, starting with volunteering
GRADE: PASS – So I stole an idea Jonathan Fields and started my day by sending out a tweet, asking if people need help. The results have been small in scale (helping a friend find a job) but nonetheless gratifying.
- I’ll go wherever where my help is needed – down the street, or around the globe, mowing a lawn or working with relief efforts in a disaster zone.
GRADE: FAIL – Toronto City Counsellor Adam Vaughan suggested many novel ways in which I could help in my community. So far I’ve acted on exactly none of his suggestions.
PROJECT RENAISSANCE MAN
- I’ll learn to fix my own motorcycle.
GRADE: FAIL – although there are good repair classes starting in fall, so I can still turn this one around.
- I’ll become handy, like learning carpentry. Jesus was a carpenter. So was Harrison Ford (and that dude became Indiana Jones).
GRADE: FAIL – Being chronically underemployed means my resources are finite – when it comes to classes, it’ll have to be either bikes or carpentry, or find an expert oblivious to how patience-taxing and pointedly unhelpful a needy apprentice can be.
- Since I’ve spent the last decade devoted to music and living vicariously through its creators, now I’ll take the stage. I’ll sing in a band (I’m pretty good at karoake) and maybe even write and record a song.
GRADE: FAIL – I should perhaps leave music to the professionals.
- I will read. Not just what I like, but books that are actually good for me (ones with fewer pictures) and challenge my ideas.
GRADE: PASS – Chronic underemployment does have an upside….plenty of time to catch up on your reading.