?

Log in

No account? Create an account
Putting it all in perspective - brad's life — LiveJournal [entries|archive|friends|userinfo]
Brad Fitzpatrick

[ website | bradfitz.com ]
[ userinfo | livejournal userinfo ]
[ archive | journal archive ]

Putting it all in perspective [Feb. 19th, 2002|11:23 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I was telling Kenji earlier,

One's todo list is never empty. You may think you have but five things to do, but those are only the give that are immediately of importance. As soon as they're done, suddenly a different five are now the most important, so they seem relatively important, compared to the infinite list of things everybody must do.

Everybody's todo list is infinite because there are an infinite number of dependencies to succeed in happiness (or "wellness", I suppose). I should graphviz my own as an example, but I'm tired and plan to sleep here in a second.

Think of happiness/wellness as the end goal node. As prereqs for that, I have "stay alive", "love", "travel", "learn", "toys", and "improve the state of things". travel and toys both require money. money requires education, as does learn (although I'm often not learning what I want to learn in this "education"). education requires classes.

And classes require taking a 5 point quiz tomorrow over some vocabulary I'm too apathetic right now to care about.

A thousand years ago, the depedency tree before "stay alive" was a lot more involved. Nowadays it's pretty hard not to die, and we spend all our time on relatively unimportant shit, in the grand scheme of things.

I wish I could work on eliminating subgoals within my todo dependency graph that had less depth from the root goal than I'm working on lately. That is, I wish I could work on things that directly affect "improving the state of things" (aka. "change the world") instead of all this school stuff.

But in 3.5 weeks I'll be done with school, and then I have no clue what I'm doing. I wish the Goethe Institut would contact me back already. I need to figure out where I'm going to live and such.

So really, the next 3.5 weeks are pretty important: I have to write those two LJ independent study papers to graduate. I know that's important... graduating. But then I have no solid plans after that, so it's hard to work towards a goal when I can't see the goals that lie beyond.

Anyway, now I sleep. I'll study tomorrow, perhaps.
LinkReply

Comments:
[User Picture]From: patrick
2002-02-19 11:29 pm (UTC)
My todo list is never empty.
"Stay Alive" "Sleep" "Post to livejournal" "Communicate with friends" "Drink beer"

hehe.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: brad
2002-02-19 11:34 pm (UTC)
For which of those is "Snort coke off a hooker's tits" a descendant prereq?
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: patrick
2002-02-19 11:35 pm (UTC)
I think "post to livejournal" is the prereq for that.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: dpb
2002-02-19 11:34 pm (UTC)
Why do you have all that other stuff on there?
"Stay Alive" and "Drink Beer"

All other just fall into their proper place!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: patrick
2002-02-19 11:36 pm (UTC)

Re:

Well, I had to get 5 items on my todo list, didn't I? I was filling up space.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: dpb
2002-02-19 11:41 pm (UTC)

Re:

True, true, makes you feel like you got more to do....

(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: calliste
2002-02-20 03:54 am (UTC)
I almost got Martina convinced that you can move in with us. For some reason, she's even more undecisive than I am, which is deadly. Especially the combination of me as an undecisive person, and her and Erik which are even worse ;) Be prepared though, I have the feeling that Chuck is nothing against the combined messiness of us three, slash, four (whenever Thomas is at home). We're dreadful, I'm telling you. But nice.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: chuck
2002-02-20 08:17 am (UTC)
Ha! Brad has to deal with another chuck.
He will never escape.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: calliste
2002-02-20 08:21 am (UTC)
The worst thing is, we're three of you.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: shortypoke
2002-02-20 01:14 pm (UTC)
NOOOOOO!

A.D.D.^3!!!!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: calliste
2002-02-20 01:46 pm (UTC)
Let me rephrase, we're totally chaotic, but I'm the only one in here suffering from chronic ADD. The other ones are suffering from chronic boredom, except the fourth person living here who is fortunately never there, otherwise I would have killed him long ago. But we're extremely messy. And also, we ran out of toilet paper about a week ago and everybody's insisting that it's the others' turn to buy new toilet paper.

But I digress.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
From: ex_jesus
2002-02-20 05:58 am (UTC)
well, that was a nice post. i actually read the whole thing too.
(Reply) (Thread)
From: ardbeg78
2002-02-20 07:11 am (UTC)

Goethe Institute

When are you going. There is a fellow here at my office who is leaving us in the spring and plans to attend starting July 1.
(Reply) (Thread)