In the movie “The Bucket List“, Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman decide to make the most out of what time they think they have left. In the movie they compile a list of things they still wish to accomplish, giving them some much-needed motivation and a desire to still stay young at heart.
As Grace and I were rocking tonight, I thought that my own bucket list would consist of seeing her graduate from high school and college, get married, fulfill her dreams, and maybe have a kid or two. But then, I realized that those aren’t things I can do. I have spent a lot of time wrapped up in Gracie Anna, and I sometimes forget that I was a pretty cool person before she came along. I forced myself to think about things that I would like to do, just for myself, and I think I came up with a pretty nice list.
- Ride in a convertible with the top down – Pure, unadulterated fun!
- Read the Bible from cover to cover – I got one of those read the Bible in one year books in 2007, but I haven’t gotten around to actually doing it. I should start. Tomorrow.
- Earn a Ph.D. or D.Ed. – This was a childhood dream of mine, but it will have to wait until Grace is in high school or later.
- See Hawaii, Alaska, a major desert, the Great Pyramids, the African savanna, Greece, and the Bay of Fundy
- Photograph an anaconda in its natural habitat – I’ve always been fascinated by the Amazon rain forest.
- Maintain a weight of 180 pounds – That will require losing almost 180 pounds and keeping it off. I have lost and gained a lot more than that in my life, and I am determined to do it. I am joining Weight Watchers, meetings start January 25. (I’ve never done WW before, so I’m going to give it a try. I think I can do it.)
- Read all the books in my To Be Read pile – With an infant in the house, this is unlikely at the moment, but some day, she’ll grow up and I’ll have time to read again.
- Learn to play the piano – Another childhood dream
- Attend a taping of the Oprah show – I think Oprah is one of the most influential people of our time, and I adore her.
- Done! 8/2008 Spend a week with my husband and daughter at “the beach” – Any beach will do. The only times I have ever even been to a beach were the Normandy beach in France (where the D-Day invasion took place) and a private, secluded beach in Mexico. I spent about two hours in each place. Joe loves the beach and spent weeks during his childhood in Rehoboth, Delaware. I would like to see what the fuss is about.
- Ride in a helicopter and a hot air balloon – I’ve been afraid of heights for most of my life, but these two things seem thrilling to me.
- Mange dans un cafÃ© Ã¡ Paris – For you French-challeneged, that means “Eat in a cafe in Paris” I was in France when I was 15, but it was a school trip, very structured. I’d like to go back and walk around and see and do whatever I want.
- Learn Greek – My maternal grandmother is Greek, and I would like to learn at least a little of the language.
There are, of course, a million things I want to see and do and share with Gracie, but I’ll leave them for another entry. What’s on your bucket list?
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