*see the Mona Lisa
*see the ocean on both coasts of the US
*meet JK Rowling
*publish my novel...and have it on the best-seller list
*meet my great-grandchildren
*save someone's life
*bake a cake from scratch...from memory
*have a library with super-tall bookcases
*try sushi (it has more to do with being brave than with a desire to try the food)
*see the northern lights
*live in a city
*make a perfect score on every assignment in one class
*read the Bible from cover to cover
*learn to change the oil in my car
*pet a zebra
*travel in England, India, Japan, Mexico and Greece
*run 5 miles without stopping, slowing, or tripping and falling ;)
*drive a race car :D
*make sure my mom gets a new house...she deserves it
*stand at the edge of a volcano
*learn to make home-made pasta :)
*finish college, and then grad. school
*submit a postcard to PostSecret
*make my way through a cookbook Julie Powell style
To make a Bucket List effective, it must be constantly revised. Things must be crossed off, added, and subtracted. The list has to have room to grow with the writer's life. My original list had three less items, and only four items crossed off. Now ten of the items have been crossed out: eight were completed and two were disregarded.
I took out "skydiving" and "working a job with a salary" because they no longer reflect my life. Skydiving is something that would make a great story...but not necessarily something that would change me for the better, and I think that's essentially the point of the list. It's supposed to make you into the best and most accomplished version of yourself you can become; it's about experiencing all the things you want in life while you have the chance. I don't think I want to jump out a plane after all. Call it chickening out if you like, but it's just not sounding like my cup of tea.
I kicked out "working a job with a salary" for the same reason. I just don't think the money is what matters in the job anymore. Sure, money is necessary, but if I can be doing something I love for a bit less a profit then that's the road I'm going to take.
But now about those other four... :)
- I remembered today that I had already fallen asleep under the stars a long time ago. I honestly don't know how I forgot. On graduation night, my friends and I had the only non-alcoholic party in town. It was the first real chance that Kyle and I had to talk. We sat up almost the whole night swapping stories across a rather cliche campfire, and a few hours before morning I drifted off to sleep beneath a brilliant canopy of leaves and branches and stars.
- I've been learning to solve my own problems since I moved away from home. Living in my apartment (which I still say tries to kill me) has been quite the experience. I find myself making phone calls to my landlords and the electric company and a variety of help desks without a second thought. I'm managing to teach myself how to cook and bake and clean...and to never buy the cheap light bulbs. It's slow going, but it's independent going, and that's what counts in my book.
- I actually did go shopping and buy everything I wanted. I took my friend Hannah and we spent the entire day indulging in overpriced chocolates, name brand clothes and aimless browsing. It's an experience every woman should have at least once in a lifetime. (Funded by college refund money, of course.)
- Soon after I posted my original list, Stasia from the UK contacted me about becoming pen pals. We've exchanged one letter a piece so far, and I'm currently writing my second. :)
To those of you who participated in the Bucket List Mcklinky back in :
How have yours been progressing? Any new goals or discarded goals? Anything accomplished?
To new readers:
Wanna share a Bucket List of your own?
Below is a Mcklinky. Updates and new lists welcome.