The List

I like lists. I like knowing what I have to do or to buy or to pack because it’s all in ‘the list.’ Shopping lists and the lists I make for travelling have items that can be easily crossed off.

For example, the average shopping list:

shopping list

However, there are some lists that are harder to finish or are never started. I have a number of lists like that and here’s a few of them. 

The language list:

I haven’t had any formal classes in any of these. 

I love learning languages but they take a long time to become fluent in them and they also take a lot of energy and motivation. I want to learn Chinese and Spanish, I have attempted to learn Japanese and Korean,  and I’m currently learning French. The joy I get out of being able to understand a few words spoken by someone in another language is what keeps me going.

Places-I-want-to-travel-to list:

This list grows and shrinks as new countries are added and others crossed off. 

I’ve been lucky to have had the opportunity to visit some of these places already and I hope to be able to visit more of these countries soon.


Then there’s things like a list of food I want to try but don’t know where to find or haven’t had a time to go out and eat:

It would probably be longer if I could remember more of the food I actually wanted to try. 


Don’t even get me started on the list of books I want to read and movies I want to watch. I think if I keep working on these lists, slowly but surely I’ll get them done. If you have any recommendations on what I should add or how best to cross off some of these items, let me know.

Are you a list writer and what are your lists like?