Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I’ve got a lot to do
I rushed to pick up my son after work because the weather was so beautiful that – get this! – I actually wanted to take him for a walk outside.
I got him home, fed him and then strapped him into his stroller, and away we went.
I was amazed at how content he was, just looking around the neighborhood as we strolled past. Everything is so new to him.
It got me thinking about all the new things I still want to experience.
A few years ago, I started my “Bucket List.” I know it was a few years ago because it was in an old version of Word on my computer, and it is titled, “Things to Do Before I Die.”
“Bucket List” wasn’t a common term yet.
Basically, I wrote the list and put it away. Most of the things I can’t do at the size I am anyway. I knew that when I was writing it.
But how stupid is that? Do other people have some right to a wonderful life that I must bypass because I’m too lazy to change my circumstances?
I want that sense of wonder that I see in my son’s eyes. And I’m finally taking the steps necessary to strip away all the excuses I’ve given myself for not living this life to its full potential (got in 25 minutes on the treadmill this morning).
Life can be pretty dang good if we don’t spend all our time dreading it.
Here’s my bucket list. What’s on yours?
2. Climb the sand dunes in northern Michigan
3. Walk in a cranberry bog
4. Visit California
5. Visit the White House
6. Visit Hawaii
7. Drive across the USA
8. Hang glide
9. Hike the Grand Canyon
10. Visit Europe
11. Hot-air balloon ride
12. Scuba dive
13. Go whitewater rafting again
14. Bungee jump
15. Run the Crim 10-mile race in Flint
16. Take helicopter ride
17. Do the Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk
18. Go to Bonnaroo
19. Go to Kentucky Derby
20. Learn to speak Spanish
21. Golf lessons
22. Wear a bikini in public
23. Drive a race car
24. Take a cake decorating class
25. See a Broadway play
26. Try caviar
27. Do a tornado chasers outing
28. Visit the Statue of Liberty
29. Ride a mechanical bull
30. Kiss in the rain