I have to admit, the idea of a bucket list kind of creeps me out. I don’t know why exactly. Maybe because I prefer to think of things in terms of things I’d love to do. (Strong period there.) Adding in the … before I die, feels a little morbid.
So, to avoid the morbid thingy, this is more of a before I turn 50 list... ya know, before I should not wear certain types of clothing or need to start wearing elastic stretchy pants, like those ladies in Wal-Mart do.
I have two years to do all these things, so nothing is impossible, don't you think? So many of my list items that I keep identifying are for my son, so it might be time for me to think of just me, maybe?
In a way it is a great way for me also to look back and appreciate all I have done or had the opportunity to do, as a young woman from a small New England town, I never dreamed of the things that I have done. So, my list will not have the travel to Europe or move to California in it. Been there, done that. But, I think as I create this list it will be more of the wow! why have I not done that yet.
So, using the phrase before each item, I'd love to....
1. Go on a vacation to Banff.
2. Have a marriage as beautiful as the wedding.
3. Be able to not worry about bills for 6 months straight.
4. Kiss a handsome man at the Golden Gate Bridge in SF.
5. (this one might be a stretch) be able to wear a modest bikini in public, again. (I am close, but, just need to get the abs tighter. )
6. Own a sports car of my choosing.
7. Support a more peaceful world, if I can, in a small way.
8. Reduce my addiction to the Top Gear (UK) TV show and The Graham Norton Show.
9. Buy a (RED) fingerprint Timbuk2 messenger bag for my computer/commuter work. (Portion of the proceeds goes to the (RED) AIDS foundation.)
10. Tell my hopes and dreams to God and not have him laugh hysterically.... ;)
I am very fortunate and some things on my list may seem small to many, but, I have traveled to Europe and Asia for business and pleasure. I have lived in California for many years and have lived across the US for work, moving from coast to coast, every few years.
At different times I have owned two different sports cars, driven one down a ice covered street in a large city and did doughnuts to get where I needed to go! I have swam in three oceans and have seen the sunset in over 15 countries and the Sunrise in way too many hotel rooms on business trips. Life has been more than I ever dreamed it could be.
My dad asked me once, do you have any great dreams for yourself left and I answered, "Yes, to love and be loved in return. A love of respect and honor with common goals." That one is worthy of the phrase "I'd love to".