Assembling a “bucket list” for the St. Louis Bloggers Blog Carnival #7 apparently stimulates my mind.
Contemplating the list brought to mind three things:
One. What would I put on my list? (this is a given)
Two. How different would the contents of this list be only ten years ago?
Three. I have lived a lot in my 32 years. Even if I don’t accomplish all the things I would like put on a bucket list, I really can’t bitch much. I have done a lot and seen a lot…of course that doesn’t mean I don’t hope to do more.
Fortunately, I plan on kickin’ it (a)live for a long, long time. If I get hit by a bus tomorrow, it better back it up a couple of times because I am not going out that easy. Yeah, I still have a touch of the “indestructible youth” syndrome…or so it would seem.
I digress, don’t I always?
So, here is my bucket list:
- sky dive
- walk/hike the Great Wall (camping on it would be even better)
- snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef
- taking an African Safari
- going to Iceland to visit the Phallic Museum, glaciers, swimming outdoors in a geothermally heated pools and whale watching.
- learning to snowboard, not just doing it but doing it well
- para-sailing and/or hang gliding
- going to Alaska while it is daylight for 24 hours
- sing in front of an audience, preferably getting paid to do it (technically I have done it many times, just not for a paycheck)
- write a book and have it published
- love me for me…unconditionally (it is the unconditional part that is giving me such difficulty)
Ten years ago, I would not haveÂ ’procreate’ on the list. I would have ‘live alone and be okay with it’, ‘be alone and not be lonely’, ‘learn to say “no”‘, ‘marry best friend’, ‘move out of St. Louis’, and ‘find my career niche’ added to the above list.
I hope to get to do all of the things on my list before kicking the bucket and I hope to add things to the list as I get older, and (preferably) wiser, and that I am continually able to complete those items as long as I am still taking in air.
When I think about everyone out there making their bucket lists, I really hope that these lists aren’t full of regrets or setting them up for regrets when they are old.Â I hope everyone is capable of making these things happen and having full, fun lives.
I think I will share my outlook on life with all of you now, as it seems oddly appropriate. You will probably think I am crazier than you already think I am. But it gets me through the days…so here it is:
Life sucks sometimes. It is also the most incredibly amazing gift to be alive. Live hard, love hard, try not to hurt people along the way (including yourself). Remember everything, even the really sucky stuff because it is the sucky stuff that makes the good times even better. Don’t live in the past just because you remember it. Regret nothing, even if you would do it different if given another chance. Most important, never give up.
That’s all folks!