A Day In The Life


The Bucket List
February 3, 2008, 9:29 am
Filed under: Fun Monday, My Life, Nature

I had some problems compiling my ‘bucket list’ for Tiggerlane’s  Fun Monday post.   I hadn’t heard of the movie so the first thing I did was some research on the whole ‘bucket list’ concept.   And the thing of it is, I’ve been living my ‘bucket list’ for years. My earthly life could end in the next six years, hours, minutes or seconds and I can’t remember when I first really became attuned to that fact. But I do know that I’ve dreamed dreams then set out to achieve those dreams or goals since I was in high school. 

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My long-time philosophy has been to take the time to do the things I really want to do; to take the time to experience things that I really want to experience; to live my life to its fullest capacity because my future is unknown. And while I’ve added things to my ‘bucket list’ over the years, the fact remains that my list is still considerably shorter than when I first embarked on the journey of adult life. I don’t consider the shorter length of my list as a lack of vision or drive. I’ve simply reached a point of greater contentment and peace with who I am and with the life I’ve lived and am still living. I don’t regret the choices I’ve made.

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I would like to complete my goal of visiting all fifty states. There are only thirteen I haven’t been to and Alaska is at the top of that remaining list of thirteen. I would like to spend some time building houses with Habitat for Humanity. And I would consider it a great honor to meet and work with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter. I’d like to spend a year in Vermont to experience the change of seasons in New England. I’d like to attend an opera, preferably a Puccini opera, at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. I’d love to have the means to purchase a beautiful old house in disrepair and, with a team of experts at my beck and call, renovate it to its former glory. But, honestly, I don’t believe I would even think of doing any of these things if I found out that I only had a specific amount of time left in this world.

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If these lovely fellows were hanging around waiting for me to kick the bucket, I would spend every last second that I could with the people I love.   I would want to resolve old hurts and make amends in relationships that ended badly.  I would say things like “I love you”, “I’m sorry”,  and “I’m so thankful that you were a part of my life” to as many people as I could.   I would give away everything  I owned and donate my last dimes to worthy causes.  Then I would kick back, at peace with the people around me and unencumbered by material concerns, praying for the strength, courage and fortitude to enjoy my final ride.   

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Outstanding post!

Comment by Sandy

That’s a nice way of looking at how you’d spend your last. When it all comes down to it, I’d do the same.

Comment by Karmyn R

I totally agree. I think you have the Bucket mastered.

Comment by Celeste

This is a wonderful post. You have a great attitude of living life to the fullest and your ending is just right.

Comment by Molly

I love your photography first off. Your approach to living is so whole and centered on the many facets of life that make you happy. Just to mention, do you know that you can see a live broadcast of the Met Opera at your local movie-plex? The next is on Feb. 16. E-mail me if you’d like additional details.

Comment by Faye

It’s all about the attitude, that’s for sure. Excellent “bucket list”.

Comment by Nekked Lizard Lady

i love how you looked at this challenge.

Comment by janet

Beautiful post! I love the philosophy behind the way you live your life.

Comment by Fianna

Excellant bucket list…especially your last paragraph!!!

Comment by Alison

I’m so glad you mentioned the vermont trip. That was on my original list that got fried in my computer. Now I remember it.

I’m glad you’re living your list each day.

Comment by Pamela

This is wonderful. I love your post and your whole attitude towards life. I just decided that I want to be you when I grow up.

Comment by Susan

Fantastic post. I like the way it’s in coherent paragraphs. A+ for style and content. 🙂

Comment by Ann

What a great way to tackle this topic. Brilliant post.

Comment by chrisb

My sentiments exactly! Well done.

Comment by Linda

i’d have to agree that mine has changed over the years, things that seemed radical and fun just dont matter anymore.. but things like sharing time with my husband really seem to.. hm.. funny how life turns out…

Comment by jill

That’s a good philosophy to have and a good way of living your life.

Comment by Jenni in KS

YES!

Comment by Sayre

I really like your point of view on this. It is so inspiring.

Comment by Simply Jenn

I agree with saying sorry!! And making sure Iam always right with myself. I hate to loose someone I love and never have that chance!!Terriffic photos to!! i love how you put it all togather.

Comment by jettied

Beautiful list.

I am inspired!

Comment by Cynthia

I love your list as well…. a life well spent.

Comment by GrimRealityGirl

A noble sentiment and something we should all live by. Good for you! I’m afraid my list is a bit more selfish!!

Comment by Aoj & The Lurchers

Nice post…and I know a house in disrepair, if you ever have contractors at your beck and call!

Comment by Tiggerlane

Great list…great attitude…

Comment by Heather

That is a very nice list!! Great job.

Comment by Michelle

Amazing, inspiring post… Nuff said!!

Comment by hazed

Sounds like you found the meaning to the Bucket list some time ago. Most people aren’t so lucky. Great post!

Comment by Joy T.

Awesome post! My dad was a professional photographer for about 40 years and worked a lot at the Capitol here in Atlanta. He knew Jimmy Carter on a fairly friendly basis when he was governor. My dad has a photo of Jimmy Carter with a balloon in the shape of a light bulb tied around his head for some energy thing they were working on. The Carter Library is about 10 minutes from my house. I’ve never been. Gah. Perhaps I should add that to my bucket list.

Comment by Sauntering Soul

Great Post! Very inspiring.

Robin of mytwoblessings

Comment by Robin of mytwoblessings

Very well put.

Comment by Serina

Beautiful!

Comment by mamalang

Great list and great that you are living your list too. I have regrets for some stupid stuff I have done in the past but I am learning daily how to number my days and make them count. Just two days ago I said the most stupid thing to my husband as we were driving, I won’t say here what it was but it was something more like a child would say instead of the adult I am. So we’re driving along and I’m thinking how do I take that back? I couldn’t. So I’m thinking what to say now. In the past I might have let this go and not said anymore but I thought this is not worth wasting time and life wasted over. So all of a sudden, I reached over and touched his arm and said, “I’m so sorry for saying such a stupid thing.” He responded nicely and it was over. I think, I’m not sure, but I think he might have realized that I am a little more mature now than when I was eighteen and saying childish stupid things. Anyway, I felt so much better.

Comment by Junebug

Beautiful. You’ve visited a lot of states!

Comment by Megan

Wonderful! If you haven’t visited West Virginia yet, you’re welcome to drop by any time! Lovely and well thought out, much more thoughty than mine!

Comment by Sieglinde

Oh my goodness this was a touching and beautiful post. I feel the same as you the things I would still like to do or accomplish would not be on my list if I found out I only had X amount of time left. I am not faced with that at the moment, and I know that my feelings on that are subject to change if I am ever faced with that reality.

Comment by Kaytabug

all signed up for next week

Comment by julie




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