A great bucket list needs a little of everything. This is the formula I ran with for ours:
Something wild. Something ridiculous. Something attainable. Something that feels like a longshot. Something broadening. And something gracious.
A couple of caveats: Initially I planned to share “our” list, but I figured I’d let Ryan keep most of his to himself. No need to succumb the poor guy to the oversharing I like to do here! Also, I need to preface it by saying that the list certainly isn’t complete and that I don’t know the specifics about each item. But life is long; I’ll figure it out. Besides, setting our sights is as much about having something to move toward as it is achieving it. Now on to the list!
Sing at a karyoke bar. (Terrifying! But it sounds exhilarating too, and it’s good to go out of your comfort zone every now and then, right? Way, way out!)
Smash watermelon with a sledgehammer. (Have you seen that Geico commercial? I usually can barely stand their commercials, but that one makes my fingers itch every time! I could see myself doing this on, say, my 60th birthday. So random and wasteful!)
Take cooking classes.
Develop this blog and help more people write their life histories.
Participate in an athletic event after each baby.
Something that Feels like a Longshot:
Write a book.
Be involved in a restaurant. (Menu, design & styling, who knows?!) Maybe even own it!
Take our family to Africa.
Take Ryan to London.
Visit Chile (where my husband served a two-year church mission).
Go on a Mediterranean cruise!
Pay a family a monthly sum to keep their daughter in school. Those programs keep a lot of girls from being sold (usually unintentionally by their parents) into the sex trade. I need to find the right organization first, though!
Contribute to women’s health in Africa.
I hope my list has gotten you thinking about what’s on yours. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much lighter I’ve felt ever since I’ve had these on my mind. The world is a brighter place when you have DREAMS to keep you going. (Even if they do feel a bit far off, most of the time.) So tell me, what are a couple of items on your life list? (Don’t make me be the only one to share—That would just be embarrassing!)