I have promised a few weeks ago on Twitter, that I shall write something inspired by an article I saw, something like “x things to do before you die”. At a first view, looks fine, there is a great range of stuff to choose, not things to do, they are even in greater number, but “posts”, usually in blogs, some “wiser” than others, ass-wiser, as a matter of fact. The number of things to do, varies from 10, 20, 50, to a hundred, a hundred and one or two hundred, with a competition in imagination lacking as a pattern.
“Learn a foreign language” is present, ride a camel, or an elephant or “something bigger than a horse”, along with Everest climbing and “Go to Antarctica”. There are of course the stupid things like “throw a huge party for all of your friends” or “learn to bartend”, quite amazing things to do before one die, putting the imagination to great distress. I found a few hilarious, like “meet your favorite living travel writer, they have inspired you, now thank them for that in person”. Does not matter if such a guy is a disappointment as a human being. Or “travel to Germany to experience Love Parade, because is one of the biggest festivals , attendance-wise, on the planet”. No kidding. No Rio Festival, no Cannes Festival, Love Parade has to be!
I’d liked some extreme things myself, like skydiving, or an expensive trip to the International Space Drive, outer space, but they say it’s over $20 Million worth, and only if I would be in some accommodating financial position, maybe I’ll do it. Even so, it’s exaggerate and money can always be put to a better use, to discover something useful or revolutionary, or, speaking of revolutionary, to throw down a dictator, hmm… I wonder if there is anybody living who think that he can consider if someone is a dictator or not.
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I would like also to fly with an Army Jet, be it the Russian MIG as suggested by the group I’d liked most, or American, the Top Gun F sort. Instead of skydiving, I would rather fly with a parachute, enjoying of course, enormously the fall too, coming back to the “dive”. Ideas as “Read East of Eden before you die”, have not occurred. This sort comes in literary lists, “The 500 books to read as a must” type, another wise-ass thing to suggest. I’m not sure there is more than a person in one million, who read more than a thousand books in a lifetime. Borges said that he maybe read three thousand, more than that he merely turned over. Mircea Eliade read a book per day when he was young or very young, and he was not alone. Now there are other temptations, there is the internet, of course, what one reads here can be the equivalent of a few paperback book’s pages, per day. There is the TV and here are the movies. They cut our reading time as well. Lame, isn’t it? (Oh, how lame of me, not mentioning the “work”, Der Arbeit macht frei time to be cut, :), ho ho.. )
Before you die, consider yourself lucky if you have fallen in love. Properly. Consider yourself lucky if you were born in a country without war, where your life being all the time in danger is not an issue. Consider yourself lucky if you breathe. Leave out a trip to the Moon as a “must do”.
Before you die, live like an angel…
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