Thursday, June 08, 2006

43 things

After visiting, Significant emailed me his list of 43.
Herewith my own:
  1. climb Kilamanjaro
  2. bungee jump off Bloukrans bridge
  3. learn to swim
  4. study arabic
  5. get a bicycle – and learn to ride it like a pro
  6. learn sign language
  7. buy a guitar and take lessons
  8. travel through north Africa and the middle east
  9. roadtrip South Africa
  10. write for national geographic
  11. do my masters in creative writing
  12. get my PHD in something
  13. write, seriously, get a couple of books out there
  14. marry my soulmate
  15. get rid of all my clutter
  16. develop my relationship with my Creator
  17. read more
  18. get a car – any car
  19. stay committed to working out
  20. watch Live live in concert
  21. ditto with Carlos Santana
  22. skydive
  23. do more volunteer and relief work
  24. do something worthwhile within journalism
  25. become a writer of influence and reputation
  26. backpack South America
  27. just travel
  28. take up cooking as a hobby
  29. develop my sense of focus
  30. strive everyday to serve others and myself, and in doing so, serve the Almighty
  31. watch all those movies on my to-watch list
  32. upgrade my computer
  33. be a good mother, someday.
  34. dye my hair something drastic, just for one day
  35. maintain my friendships
  36. perform Hajj
  37. watch a sunrise in every country
  38. learn one of the local vernaculars (and train my tongue to click like a natural).
  39. go for laser eyesight correction surgery
  40. stop using profanity
  41. take an advanced design and layout course
  42. play squash more regularly
  43. and bring about world peace

It would be interesting to see how many checks are scratched next to the items when I revisit this list after a decade.


Muhammad said...

wow. you managed to leave the word smitten out of it.


Really Really Awesome list. Aspirational, Humble and simple. Remember, putting a list out there screams to the world to shift the future in your direction. Allah put the Universe in our control and we don't even know it :)

I'll make a duaa for you... May Allah grant you everything on this list before you leave this world. Insha-Allah. Aameen :)



zee said...

shit saaleha, that's actually a really good list.

Fatima said...

*agrees with those above her*

we have more in common than we think.
2,4,8,9,13,14,16,17,18,19,27,30,33,34,35,40,43 (hehe)

Anonymous said...

Love the list...
May u most definitely bring about world peace...
Just one question...Why 43?

saaleha said...

According to the FAQs on the 43things website:

Why is it called 43 Things?
Everything needs a name. We think 43 is the right number of things for a busy person to try and do. Why not more? It’s too much. Why not less? You can do less, but it is still called 43 Things.

so there you go, forty-three.

Muhammad said...


realist said...

There was nothing about a hostile takeover of the Fournous empire? ;-)

zHabib said...

what about hijacking a Mercedes?

Bilal said...

10 things from your list that I really wanted to do: (in order of preference :p)

1.bring about world peace
2.perform Hajj arabic
4.get my PHD in something
5.marry my soulmate
6.climb Kilimanjaro
8.become a writer of influence and reputation
9.backpack South America
10.strive everyday to serve others and myself, and in doing so, serve the Almighty

10 things from your list that I have done: (some just kinda…)

1.bungee jump off Bloukrans bridge
2.learn to swim arabic
4.get a bicycle – and learn to ride it like a pro through north Africa and the middle east
6.roadtrip South Africa
7.get a car – any car more volunteer and relief work
9.just travel
10.upgrade my computer

Profane. Profound. What's your poison?