“Was dancing to Thriller with a hundred children on your bucket list?” I asked with arms outstretched to the side.
“Not until today,” she said laughing.
The term is certainly familiar, but I never made one. My lists tend to be more tactical, survival strategies to meet the immediate needs of my family or various organizations.
I am a list maker--errands to run, groceries to buy, tasks to complete, calls to make, projects to tackle. My lists cover meetings, lunches, books, and contractors, lessons to plan, appointments for the pets, cars, house, and the children. Some lists get checked off in a day, others get saved for years. When my youngest child entered kindergarten, I had big plans for my newfound free time. That orange post-it note included a dozen items, some still not completed almost five years later. Sometimes I overestimate what I can accomplish in a day, week or year.
This idea of my own bucket list inspires hope and direction. What do I want to do with my days, my weeks and my years? Time to make a new list – below is a start.
- Earn master’s degree – in progress (over 50% complete, yahoo!)
- Grow a hydrangea – I have killed six rounds of these bushes spanning two states
- Learn how to use every feature on the camera (without cursing)
- Attend a writer’s conference
- Watch whales in Alaska and/or Newfoundland
- Write a book
New ideas are percolating. Latest assignment on my checklist of things to do - add 95 items to bucket list. Do you have a list of experiences you hope to accomplish? Share a few!