I was born to make to-do lists.
At thirteen, already I had learned the art of time management. It’s what happens when your life becomes a mess of four-hour saturday gymnastics practices and long weekends in hotel rooms.
Lazy kids just don’t do competitive gymnastics. They don’t point their toes until their insoles pull or do sets of hanging leg lifts at 9:30 p.m. They don’t drink 32 ounces of Gatorade in two hours.
And they certainly don’t stay up until 2 a.m. finishing homework.
I was a gym kid, a hair tie on either wrist. In high school, when gymnastics became cross country and I tacked on a love of filmmaking, I slept 5-6 hours a night, coasted through unlit subdivisions at quarter to seven in the morning, arriving home just in time for a late dinner and a pile of homework that made flirting on AIM pretty dang impossible.
Doing less wasn’t an option; neither was forgetting something.
In the wake of a wild adolescence, my list-making skills soared. So much so that to look at my to-do lists, shortened for the save of time to TDL, became daunting.
Now, whenever I look at what’s next and wonder whether I have it in me to press on, I think of those days ten years ago when my eyelids fluttered, heavy, as I tried to digest chapters of American history and conjugate Spanish verbs.
And it is then that I know, in light of every moment leading up to now, the only thing left to do is list it out. From there, the game is in crossing the struggles and the tasks off, one by glorious one.
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