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  1. 1. be indie
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    22 people
  2. 2. create a list of 100 must-read books and read them.
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    1,074 people
  3. 3. Learn to play the piano
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    8,219 people
  4. 4. create the soundtrack to my life
    1,874 people
  5. 5. kiss at the top of the eiffel tower
    16 people
  6. 6. Write more
    3,812 people
  7. 7. be simple
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    36 people
  8. 8. Get a tattoo
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    21,913 people
  9. 9. have a wikipedia entry about myself
    25 people
  10. 10. be a better daughter
    839 people
  11. 11. identify 100 things that make me happy (besides money)
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    7,806 people
  12. 12. Take a photo every day
    1,082 people
  13. 13. Go on a road trip
    3,811 people
  14. 14. lose my shyness
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    58 people
  15. 15. not let the little things bother me
    38 people
  16. 16. spend an entire day watching the extended version of all three Lord of the Rings movies back-to-back-to-back
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    1,012 people
  17. 17. overcome my social anxiety
    161 people
  18. 18. Have a totally different life by this time next year
    909 people
  19. 19. be able to click a song that sweeps me away.
    4 people
  20. 20. create a vision board
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    246 people
  21. 21. sweat
    3 people
  22. 22. take an alphabet of photos
    168 people
  23. 23. take more risks
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    1,079 people
  24. 24. go on an adventure
    304 people
  25. 25. leave notes in library books
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    589 people
  26. 26. do 100 things I have never done
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    52 people
  27. 27. nap in the grass
    7 people
  28. 28. frolick through a meadow of wildflowers
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    7 people
  29. 29. get the hell out of Illinois
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    5 people
  30. 30. Start dressing up, wearing makeup, and wearing earrings again
    18 people
  31. 31. Fall in real love: ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can't live without each other love.
    1,259 people
  32. 32. list 100 quotes that really speak to me
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    3 people
  33. 33. Kiss a stranger
    798 people
  34. 34. sleep on a rooftop under the stars
    240 people
  35. 35. find a religion that suits me
    262 people
  36. 36. identify 100 things that make me happy.
    2 entries
    2,500 people
  37. 37. Stop being depressed
    542 people
  38. 38. Have a Looking for Alaska day
    2 people
  39. 39. keep a list of all the books I have read
    5 people
  40. 40. loosen up
    87 people
  41. 41. go skinny dipping
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    3,193 people
  42. 42. Go mud sliding
    2 people
  43. 43. random facts
    1 person

How I did it
How to get rid of unnecessary possessions
It took me
1 day
It made me

How to learn to play the upright bass
It took me
3 months
It made me

How to write a letter to myself that I'll open in 5 years
It took me
2 days
It made me
happy. i cried

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list 100 quotes that really speak to me

1.”A lot of people chase fame and popularity. I’m not intrested in being famous. I do what I love, and if people hate me for it there’s not much I can do. I’m not going to change who I am to please the public.” – Kristen Stewart

2. “The number one rule of writing to to write what you know- or something like that. So I wrote about my expirences.”- Nikki Reed

3.I wanted to be one of those people who have streaks to maintain, who scorch the ground with their intensity. But for now, at least I knew such people, and they needed me, just like comets need tails.
- Looking For Alaska
I ran out of the room like I’d never smoked a cigarette, like I ran with Takumi on Barn Night, across the dorm circle to his room, but Takumi was gone. His bunk was bare vinyl; his desk was empty; an outline of dust where his stereo had been. He was gone, and I did not have time to tell him what I had just now realised: that I forgave him, and that she forgave us, and that we had to forgive to survive in the labyrinth. There were so many of us that would have to live with things done and things left undone that day. Things that did not go right, things that seemed okay at the time because we could not see the future. If only we could see the endless string of consequences that result from our smallest actions. But we can’t know better until knowing better is useless.
- Looking For Alaska

And as I walked back to give Takumi’s note to the Colonel, I saw that I would never know. I would never know her well enough to know her thoughts in those last minutes, would never know if she left us on purpose. But the not-knowing would not keep me from caring, and I would always love Alaska Young, my crooked neighbour, with all my crooked heart.
I got back to Room 43, but the Colonel wasn’t home yet, so I left the note on the top bunk and sat down at the computer, and I wrote my way out of the labyrinth:
Before I got here, I thought for a long time that the way out of the labyrinth was to pretend that it did not exist, to build a small, self-sufficient world in a back corner of the endless maze and to pretend that I was not lost, but home. But that only led to a lonely life accompanied only by the last words of the already-dead, so I came here looking for a Great Perhaps, for real friends and a more-than-minor life. And then I screwed up and the Colonel screwed up and Takumi screwed up and she slipped through our fingers. And there’s no sugar-coating it: she deserved better friends.
When she fucked up, all those years ago, just a little girl terrified into paralysis, she collapsed into the enigma of herself. And I could have done that, but I saw where it led for her. So I still believe in the Great Perhaps, and I can believe it in spite of having lost her.
Because I will forget her, yes. That which came together will fall apart imperceptibly slowly, and I will forget, but she will forgive my forgetting, just as I forgive her for forgetting me and the Colonel and everyone but herself and her mom in those last moments she spent as a person. I know now that she forgives me for being dumb and scared and doing the dumb and scared thing. I know she forgives me, just as her mother forgives her. And here’s how I know:
I thought at first that she was just dead. Just darkness. Just a body being eaten by bugs. I thought about her a lot like that, as something’s meal. What was her - green eyes, half a smirk, the soft curves of her legs - would soon be nothing, just the bones I never saw. I thought about the slow process of becoming bone and then fossil and then coal that will, in millions of years, be mined by humans of the future, and how they would heat their homes with her, and then she would be smoke billowing out of a smokestack, coating the atmosphere. I still think that, sometimes, think that maybe “the afterlife” is just something we made up to ease the pain of loss, to make our time in the labyrinth bearable. Maybe she was just matter, and matter gets recycled.
But ultimately I do not believe that she was only matter. The rest of her must be recycled, too. I believe now that we are greater than the sum of our parts. If you take Alaska’s genetic code and you add her life experiences and the relationships she had with people, and then you take the size and shape of hre body, you do not get her. There is something else entirely. There is a part of her greater than the sum of her knowable parts. And that part has to go somewhere, because it cannot be destroyed.
Although no one will ever accuse me of being much of a science student, one thing I learned from science classes is that energy is never created and never destroyed. And if Alaska took her own life, that is the hope I wish I could have given her. Forgetting her mother, failing her mother and her friends and herself - those are awful things, but she did not need to fold into herself and self-destruct. Those awful things are survivable, because we ARE as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be. When adults say, 'Teenagers think they are invincible' with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don't know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, as so it cannot fail.
So, I know that she forgives me, just as I forgive her. Thomas Edison’s last words were: “It’s very beautiful over there.” I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful

5. Sometimes you lose a battle. But mischief always wins the war- Looking For Alaska

identify 100 things that make me happy. (read all 2 entries…)

11: walking in the rain without an umbrela home from school
12: seeing people I have not seen for along time
13: natalie
14: memories of camp
15: fires with my family
16: when people complement me
17: my teachers from last year
18: when someone likes my writing
19: Jens Yeikman
20: the last day of school

identify 100 things that make me happy. (read all 2 entries…)

!. Walking barefoot home with Caitilin.
2. Put on clothes JUST after they get out of the dryer.
3. Blogtv with Hank and John Green.
4. Blue October
5. Summer.
6. Looking for Alaska.
7. Orchestra classes where the teachers leaves and never comes back :).
8. Family Gatherings.
9. Traveling someplace by myself.
10.The Notebook.

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