I heard Bob Cowsill being interviewed on Hippie 94.5 (my favorite radio station) on the way to work today, and he said that a bus tour (his last with the Cowsills was 43 years ago) is the last item on his Bucket List.
Hmmm, I wondered. Is it good when you’ve crossed off all the items on your Bucket List? I don’t think I’ve ever made a Bucket List, though I have certainly mulled about it. I would bet that my Bucket List has changed over time.
Right now, here are some things I want to do before I die. And when I cross off the last item, well, I think I’ll be adding to the list. Don’t want to tempt fate or whatever!
1. Go on a mission trip to Mexico. My church, Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, takes an annual trip to Puebla, Mexico. This is the one I want to participate in. One of its focuses is educating women. I believe the primary focus is “Give Ye Them to Eat” or something like that.
2. Travel to New England and do a historical tour with John.
3. Go to the Grand Canyon with John. I’ve seen it before but he hasn’t. I am ashamed to admit that we didn’t take our children to the Grand Canyon. Oh well. Life got busy. We did take other great and not-so-great trips.
4. Go on a hot-air balloon ride. Yes, this will challenge my fear of heights, but it just looks like so much fun.
5. Learn to paddle board.
6. Write a collection of stories, poems, or perhaps a book. Whether it gets published or not, well, we’ll see.
7. Continue practicing yoga and do as much exercise as I can to keep my body healthy. I believe in the power of exercise to relieve stress, and I’m hoping it will also ward off dementia, which runs in my family. I am planning to take a tai chi class at some point.
8. Walk outside in nature and appreciate the beauty every single day that I can.
9. Learn more about botany. I am already obsessed with identifying trees. Not so much their scientific names as their ordinary names and maybe a little about them.
10. Continue to read all kinds of books. Well, maybe not so many trashy novels, but balance is a good thing. :D
11. Practice conversational Spanish and brush up on tenses besides present tense. Learn at least one new Spanish word each week.
12. Work toward more balance in life...have more fun, don’t continually work more hours than I have to (this has become a habit), bite my tongue when I need to but also speak up when I need to.
13. Find some joy in every day. And learn not to work so hard at my spiritual life. God loves me the way I am. Of course I can always do better, but I just need to chill and accept that there are seasons in the spiritual life, just as there are seasons in nature.
14. Do at least one random act of kindness a week.
Okay, these are enough items to keep me busy for the rest of my life, I think. I have some other ideas, but for now this is enough.