“Have you found joy in your life? Has your life brought joy to others?”– Carter Chambers,The Bucket List (2007)
I pondered tonight over many questions similar to these, and decided to refer to my own “bucket list,” (which I actually call my “life list) and looked to see if I’ve made any progress in successfully checking any of the items off.
Over the past few years, I have been continually adding goals and aspirations to my “life list,” but I often forget that I need to be doing more with this list than simply adding more hopes and dreams to it.
No, I need to start conquering the list little by little.
Obviously, I’m only 22-years-old, which is far from 6-feet-under, but life goes by much faster than we realize.
I don’t want to wake up at the ripe old age of 107 (I’m pretty sure this is how old I’ll be before I croak. And, if anyone would like to dispute this issue, I suggest you take it up with my awesome gene pool) someday and wonder, “what if?”
I understand that this is, for lack of a better phrase, “easier said than done.” Yet, having a poor outlook is not going to help anyone travel the world, do missionary work or achieve whatever huge, life-changing goal they might have. It’s as simple as that.
I’ve decided to share my “life list” with you all to perhaps remind you of your own aspirations or goals, inspire you to do something about your own bucket list, or simply to give you a good laugh at some of my ridiculous life-long dreams (Just forewarning you, but my list touches upon some of the most heartfelt, sappy, odd and unique goals around).
So here you have it, Steph’s “life list” (In no particular order):
(“X” denotes that I have completed this item, so clearly I have a LONG way to go)
X- Graduate from college (working on this one as we speak. Can’t wait to check this off in 7 months!)
– Get hitched to some poor soul.
-Throw a surprise party.
-Breed some beautiful babies (like I said, “awesome gene pool”).
-Send my parents on a trip (It’s the least I could do for all of the gray hairs).
– Touch somebody’s heart (Figuratively speaking that is, I don’t “do” blood).
-Go to a game at Wrigley (Preferably the game would be against the White sox or the Cards. but just being there would be good enough for me).
-Get a dog and name him or her Wrigley.
– Meet somebody famous.
-Own a lake cabin.
-Make somebody’s whole day ( I enjoy making people happy).
-Cook Thanksgiving dinner…Turkey and all (believe it or not, this is one of my greatest fears… I just find it unnatural to stick my hand inside a turkey).
-Go horseback riding (I did this as a girl scout once, when I was 9-years-old, but I don’t remember it. So I’m going to do it again).
-Go the Kentucky Derby (This includes wearing a big floppy hat and drinking mint juleps).
-Meet Honey Boo Boo (She’s so “fabulous”)
-Visit the Vatican.
-Take a ride in a gondola.
-Ice skate in central park.
-Be a contestant on a game show (I’m shooting for “Price is Right” on this one. Showcase showdown, anybody?).
X-Get a New Years kiss.
-Learn how to play pinochle (My mom’s whole family plays this, but I have yet to learn).
-Go skinny dipping.
-Fly a plane.
-Visit Ellis Island.
-Write a fluffy teen novel (I feel like I have enough awkward wisdom from my adolescence to carry this one out with flying colors).
-Go water skiing.
-Write a soldier a letter.
-Sing karaoke alone (I’ve done karaoke countless times, just never by myself).
-Throw a dinner party.
-Perform a stand up act, at an open mic night.
X-Eat a banana split.
-Make somebody smile without trying.
-Make a snowman (I grew up in MT and live in ND, you would think I would have gotten around to this, but no, I’ve been deprived–plus I just really hate snow).
-Watch a movie at a drive-in theater.
-Two step at a real honky-tonk.
X-Vote in a presidential election.
-Visit the the Cathedral of St. Paul.
-Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
-Make pizza from scratch (My little brother learned this trait from my Grandad Stanislao, but I never picked up on it).
-Go to a Broadway play.
-Attend the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade.
-Get asked to guest host on a radio show (I have the face for it).
-Drive a convertible.
-Visit every country…at Epcot (I visited Epcot at age 8, but I don’t believe we made it to every country).
-Milk a cow ( I don’t think you realize how traumatic this will be…cows are HUGE and they kick!).
-Visit the American History Museum in D.C. (I’ve been to all of the Smithsonian museums but this one, because it was closed when my family was visiting back in 2007).
-Learn how to crochet.
-Take my kids to Disney world.
Well, there you have it folks, my “life list” thus far. Hope that this has inspired you to get after your own list, or at least provided a little entertainment.
Dressing up in honor of Honey Boo Boo on Halloween… I only hope that one day I can cross that one off my “life list.” You better redneckonize!