Happy Leap Day!
What does it mean to have a day that only happens once every four years? I don’t know. I’m too busy to think about it very deeply. However, as I was driving to pick Little Man up from pre-preschool, I did think briefly about the nature of repetitive time.
Some things in life repeat in quick succession (laundry, dinner, diapers), and some are more of a special event kind of thing (Yom Tov, birthdays, anniversaries). There are also things we wish would happen regularly, or at all, but are relegated to our “someday” list. And what better day to think about someday than Leap Day (okay, that’s a stretch, but let’s just go with it, shall we?)?
In honor of this somewhat special once-every-four-years day, I thought I would make a list of 29 things that I would like to do someday (29 things is kind of a lot; it took a little thinking on my part).
1. Assemble a Shomer Shabbos and Yom Tov all-women’s orchestra
2. Really understand how to use a semicolon
3. Make time for a regular yoga practice (or any regular exercise, really)
4. Get my clarinet overhauled
5. Buy a saxophone. Or two.
7. Renew my library books online
8. Put out a CD
9. Paint the walls of my house bright, vibrant colors
10. Buy a house
11. Really develop one mitzvah until it’s “mine”
13. Eat breakfast/lunch/dinner without a child on my lap
14. Learn how to knit
15. Get back into sewing
16. Run (or maybe walk) a marathon. Or a half-marathon
17. Take my children to see the ocean
18. Get my Master’s in Music Composition
19. Be ready for Shabbos by chatzos
20. Drink 8 cups of water a day (though that may not really be such a big deal)
21. Have all my children and their (future) families by us for Yom Tov
22. Read the parsha every week
23. Say Tehillim every day
24. Correspond with a pen pal. Like with letters written in pen and mailed in envelopes
25. Send pictures regularly to my parents and in-laws
26. Organize my photos into physical albums
28. Practice music every day
29. Perform in a music recital (that’s my best motivation to practice)
What are some of the things on your to-do-someday list?