On-The-Side Goals


I know we all have "to-do lists" of things we must accomplish in a specified amount of time, but we all have little things as well. For example, my main goal is to get through Senior Year with good marks, but I also have made it my on-the-side goal to memorize the famous speech in Hamlet:

Hamlet said:
To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover'd country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action. - Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember'd.
What are your "on-the-side" goals?


For a Free Scotland
I really want to write something of publishable quality, most likely a short story. I mean, I get stuff published in the school lit mag (Lit Mag FTW) and I've gotten some letters published in newspapers, but I'd really like something creative in an outside work.


Registered Member
I hope you do learn to memorize the speech! I don't really have any little goals , my main goals are to be well enough to go to University next year and to quit smoking for good. I do have others to, it's a goal for me just to get out of bed in the morning sometimes.


4 legs good 2 legs bad
I don't have any main goals. All of my goals are what most people would consider "on-the-side." My big goal right now is to hike the entire Appalachian Trail or Pacific Crest Trail, both of which are over 2,000 miles.