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Life goal #1:
I often meet people and tell them I'm always working on something, eventually trying to hit the mark and accomplish everything on my list of 100+ life goals. And they ask me, "Well what's number one?"
I tell them and they always get a little chuckle out of it, like it's silly. Sure it is, just a little. It's "Meet someone who truly aspires to be a Sumo."
When I first even thought of making a list of life goals, it's because I was inspired by the heart in children. Kids want to be everything when they're young, but as they grow up, reality does a number on them and just brings them down. Where was that 7 year old who wanted to be a firefighter, a chef, a rock star AND a superhero? Nowadays you got young people whose lives have barely begun just settling for good enough, and never aspiring to be anything more than someone who just has a job to get by on. I told myself I would defy that norm and choose to accomplish a number of different goals before I die, so when I look back it's not just 30-40 years of working, eating and sleeping the same days over again. I want to make experiences that are new, different and special. I want to innovate.
But, moving back to the life goals, the first one is something unique and special to me. And even if I could renumber things, I would keep it as my number one. I put that there because I wanted to be silly originally and choose to do something no one would really think about doing, and put that up there as a life goal. Sumos are rare nowadays, and you know, the thought of someone who wants to become one is almost ridiculous, so why not? But I've looked back on this list a few times and reevaluated it, and myself as a person, but that goal hasn't changed. As I've looked at it again and again, I just want to do it more and more.
Think about someone who would want to become a sumo. Why would you become a big husky dude when society looks down on people who seem fat, and criticize them harshly? Even put on traditional garb that would get diaper jokes thrown at you constantly? It's unfathomable, but that's just it. You can't even begin to understand how or why this person would want to become one, and that's just what hit me the most as I looked at this life goal again over the years. Is it some sort of pride in your heritage, your love of tradition, your amazement in the way Sumos take each other on in the ring? Did you even know back in the day Sumos were highly respected and treated like the way we treat rock stars today? These guys were proud warriors with so much history and tradition. Then here in this modern age, you would have this person who is telling you he would put himself through the humiliation, the criticism, and the physical challenges in building yourself up to become strong and fast enough to be a sumo in the ring. What is going on in his head? He's putting on all this weight and retraining himself constantly to be able to move with all the new weight on his body, and it's tough. Obviously he's passionate, he loves something about it, and with it, he is able to keep himself driven to reaching his goals.
You thought the goal was ridiculous, you laughed at it at first, but then you meet this person and somehow resonate with the same sense as someone who wants to strive to meet some kind of goal; it just becomes so surreal. You don't know what it is, but you know it in your heart because there's something you want to strive for as well, and you realize you're not so different.
You grew up in a completely different place, in a different culture with another language, with different values. But something remains the same, and that's heart. It doesn't really matter who it is, but if they're really different from you, you can learn a lot from meeting them. I chose a Sumo, because it's just something not a lot of people would aspire to become, so you really have to wonder, what would so fervently drive them to become something like that? I guess I'll have to ask in person. But to do that, I got to go meet that sumo after all.
What are some interesting life goals you have?