31 things I’d rather be doing right now

31TIRBDOctober is the month for a blogging challenge called “31 days,” where a blogger is tasked to write every day for 31 days about the same topic of their own choice. I already needed to invigorate myself into a blogging habit, so, challenge accepted.

My problem is I like a lot of topics – too many topics, really; how can I pick just one? Then, I thought, “hey, why not talk about them all?” So my take on the challenge is to talk about 31 things I like to do, or would like to do. If in your mind that doesn’t really fit the spirit of the challenge, too bad; get your own blog.

Comic courtesty of wondermark.com

By way of introduction, I’ll say it is very nice to know that I’m not alone in this aspect of my personality. According to Margaret Lobenstine I am known as a “Renaissance Soul,” someone who has a love for a great number of activities and wants to pursue them all. I read her book 4 years ago, and I was able to curb my enthusiasm for a little while, but lately I find myself wanting to go do a lot of things again. Maybe it’s time to re-read it. In any case, for the next 31 days, you my dear reader will get to see all the things that are bopping around in my head all the time, and why I enjoy them so much.

I’m calling this series “31 things I’d rather be doing right now” because no matter what I’m doing at the moment, even if it’s one of the 31 things, I’d rather be doing one of the other things. The Myers-Briggs test classifies me as a “P” as opposed to a “J.” They stand for “Perceiver” vs. “Judger,” which doesn’t help clarify things much; wikipedia says P’s “keep things open,” and J’s like to “have matters settled.” That’s pretty good, but in high school I learned a mnemonic device to remember it better: “P’s like the PROCESS of doing things; J’s JUST want it done.” I’ve never been able to find anything on the internet to corroborate that explanation, but it’s always stuck with me because it’s always been true about me. In many ways, I like doing a thing more than finishing it, which is why I can hop around to other tasks without finishing previous ones. Drives my family crazy, but hey, that’s me. It’s not that I can’t finish things or don’t want to (I published a book, after all); it’s more along the lines of, “ok, this is fun, but what else is there to experience over here as well? It’s the as well is what gets me into trouble: I want to do it all, and there’s just not enough time in a day/week/month/year/life.

Enough rambling. Here’s the list below, which will grow as the days goes on.

Who knows? By the end, maybe some of y’all might be able to help me think of ways to combine all of these. You’d get a big high five from me, so you got that going for you.

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