My dear friend Sarah (whose blog inspired me to start my own) has an excellent list, and in the Grand Re-Opening of her "Musings of Mother Hood" blog, she's revisited the list that she wrote several years ago. She calls it her "Life List," which I prefer to "Bucket List," so I'm borrowing that moniker, too.
Reading Sarah's list the first time, and again this time, naturally got me thinking: what would be on my list?
I started one several months ago, but I have to admit that thinking of 100, even 50, things that were dramatic enough or inspiring enough or unique enough to include on the list is a daunting task. To the point that when I tried it the first time, I got less than one page of a small spiral notebook into my list, put it down, and didn't return to it. Until today. (Weirdly, I did manage to cross one thing off the list in the lapse between then and now... so it counts. Totally.)
With Sarah's recent post, I'm inspired to start again. Maybe my list won't have 100 things on it - for some reason, 100 feels like the magic number to me - but nobody said I had to write the whole the list right now, and nobody said it couldn't be a running list as I am inspired by the little things that happen, 365 days a year. That's what this blog is all about in the first place, right?
So here goes: the beginnings of the list of all the cool things I want to do while I'm here.
- Donate enough money to have my name on something at West Point
- Celebrate the 4th of July in Boston
- Win 1st place in my age group in a race - DONE!!
- Cross something off a friend's life list together
- Sing in a symphony chorus
- Go to the Olympic Games
- Watch Army play in a bowl game in person
- Take a train as my primary mode of transportation on a trip or vacation
- See my cousin Jay perform live
- Become a published author
- Visit the American Cemetery in Normandy
- Take my kids to the Army/Navy game
- Be in Punxsutawney on Groundhog Day
- Run a marathon in all 50 states
- See Mt. Rushmore
- Take a Creative Writing course
- Go to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC
- Buy something at the actual brick-and-mortar Akinz, my cousin Suzanne's retail store - DONE!!
- Swim around Key West
- Watch the Dallas Cowboys play a regular season game in Cowboys Stadium
- Spend a whole day riding roller coasters and amusement park rides with my kids - DONE!!
- Give a graduation speech
- Tour the White House
- Complete a full Ironman Triathlon
- Hike some of the Appalachian Trail
- Grow strawberries in my garden
- Learn to surf
- Visit Yellowstone National Park
- Sew matching outfits for my daughter and her American Girl doll
- Qualify for and run the Boston Marathon
- Decorate a fancy cake, like one from a bakery
- Cook / bake every single recipe in a cookbook
- Own season tickets to something
- See the Rose Parade in person
- Take a vacation with my sister Susannah, just the two of us
- Read a biography of every U.S. President
- See Lenny Kravitz in concert
- Own a convertible
- Take my kids on a Civil War staff ride vacation
- Apply to be a contestant on The Amazing Race
- See the California Redwoods
- Walk underneath / behind a waterfall
- Legitimately begin a presentation with the words, "My fellow Americans..."