I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want out my future. Both in the long and short term. While the goals of today are sure to change over the years and decades, I find it important to cast out a sort of goal time capsule during key moment in my life. The lats one I completed was when I was 16 or so. I’m pretty sure it started and ended with reuniting Led Zeppelin and moving to France to drink myself to death in a bathtub.

In less than a month I will be 25. To put that into perspective, that’s 2 years shy of when my mother had her first child and 1 year older than when Bob Dylan recorded Like a Rolling Stone. If that’s not a gut check to get going, then I don’t know what is. In response to this pressure, I’ve written up what I am calling my Get-Going List.

Much like the child’s Christmas list, the Get-Going List is based on wants. Unlike the Christmas list, my parents aren’t there to save the day and no one is really all that interested in helping me receive these things. It’s up to me, and me alone, to make it happen.

The guidelines for creating such a list are straightforward: Don’t be greedy. Keep it to 5. And try to take into consideration what is going on right now in your life. The last part is really the most important in that it is meant to keep you from putting things like ‘become an astronaut’ if you haven’t opened a chemisty book since grade school. Other than that, have at it and let me know how it goes.

Trevor ‘s Get-Going List

Age 25 (Almost)

1. A freezer full of meat and a garden with more tomatoes, carrots, and spinach than I know what to do with.

2. The ability to make an honest living without compromising my integrity and morals.

3. A house with enough space for friends and family to spend the night, enjoy themselves during the holidays, and drink till sunrise.

4. A creative voice that is both strong and compassionate, honest and exciting.

5. An immediate, extended, and adopted family whom I could trust and could trust me to pick them up from the airport in even the worst of snowstorms.

They say writing things down has a way of changing our way of thinking about them. They say that while our mind has evolved quite well to overcome concrete obstacles, they are still not so good at ordering and prioritizing them. By creating a Get-Going List you are taking memory out of the equation and opening up your ability to focus on the object itself. While my list is much less goal oriented than say a typical to-do list or 5 year plan, it is nonetheless a list. Hopefully, with a little help from the holy trinity of hard work, sound strategy, and luck, I will be able to build toward some of these things in the coming years and get one step closer to whatever it is they call happiness.