Time Warp to the Future

So I thought I’d write a proper blog post today. One where I write about what I’m currently up to, my plans for the rest of the year, and the near future. It’s mostly just to help me make it clear where I’m at, but you’re welcome to read along too.

By the way, have you been to www.michaelgray.co.nz? Cool huh?

Now that I’m done with university I’ve been meaning to find a job to help pay the bills and support myself rather than relying on others. I’ve been searching for a while now, trying any job that I think I could do well. But no such luck, it’s tough out there. I did want to be a postie and I was so close too. But not having a car or driver’s licence was the clincher. So that dream went down the toilet. I suppose I could get my Restricted and try again later.  It’s just a bit of a Catch-22 needing a car to get a job, but needing a job to afford a car in the first place.

I’m going to New York in a few weeks, yeah just casually throwing it out there. But it’s been a whole lot of organising. I don’t travel much. Have only been to Australia once, and that’s the most I’ve seen of the rest of the world. Leaving Wellington for Auckland on September 10th. And leaving Auckland on September 11th for New York — ironic I know. Thanks to the P3 Foundation I’m going along with 11 young people who all care deeply about ending world poverty. We’re attending events at the Millennium Development Goals Summit at the UN as well as a TED conference hosted by Bill Gates’ wife. And a wee bit of sightseeing along the way. Also a bus ride to Washington DC to see some of the monuments and US history. Will give a good blog post about it (might even keep a diary!) when I get back, hopefully in one piece.

I’m also hoping to start the first group meeting for Fair Trade Upper Hutt along with Jen. I want to be involved in actual practical means, and not just writing about it. So helping end world poverty was and always will be an ongoing passion of mine.

I’ve really jammed packed this year haven’t I? But 2010 has been pretty big all round. Bike To Parachute in January-February, and the Imagine Cup a little later. As well as finishing off my degree in Media Studies. It makes every other year seem quite quaint, but I know that’s not true.

So in October I will somehow find myself in a 6-week LSV (Limited Service Volunteer) course at the Trentham army base, locked away from the world. A lot of team building and exercise is on the cards. It’s not something that I think really suits me, but all the more reason to do it. Hopefully improve my confidence somewhat.

Here’s hoping I can make it to the U2 360 Tour in Auckland. Cheekily playing on the same day they came in 2006, November 25th. I did go to the second night concert, wonder if they’ll do that again? I know that was a bit of a mission back then, going up on the Overlander. But I still remember those few days, staying with my cousins, and the concert itself. So awesome. For my favourite band of all time, I really hope I can go. Switchfoot are great too, but I don’t know if I would travel the country just to see them.

Graduation. Not much to do here. Dress up, attend on the night, grab my certificate, maybe go out to celebrate?

Next Year…
So all my adventurous activities would have come to a close. Time to settle down perhaps? Here’s hoping by now I would have found paid employment. And this could be the year that I finally leave home. 22 is starting to get a bit old! Now Stephen suggested to me that me, him, and David could live in a flat together. That would be pretty cool living with friends, playing games all the time, cooking meals together. But I don’t want us to kill each other in the process. You may think you know someone, but you don’t really know them until you try living with them!

Then the years after that start getting hazier, it gets harder to predict the future. Get a girlfriend, settle down, buy a house, get a mortgage yada yada. I guess that’s what I want to do? Maybe it’s just ingrained by society…

I do want to keep on writing. But hopefully at some stage I’ll be able to make some money off it. Currently writing for ButtonMasher, Game Console, Salient (will probably end this year due to leaving Victoria), and the occasional article for Bitmob. Reviewing and writing about games is fun and I still enjoy doing it, it’s what I really want to do. But I may also have to try other avenues for writing. Beginner’s guides to Computery/technological things. Just keep at it I suppose — practice, practice, practice, try and get as much feedback as possible. The right doors might open, new opportunities await.

So there’s a rough plan. Of course you can never fully predict life, so nothing is set in stone. Who knows, next time you see me I could be living in the South Island, driving a tractor!

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