A few years ago, my youngest daughter came home from school with an assignment to create a list of 100 things she wanted to do before she died. I watched her work on her list, and I thought, “Hey! Cool! I want to do that.” And so I did. It took me a while to come up with 100, and every time I look at it, which isn’t all that often, I’m amazed to discover that I can now cross several items off the list. Today is no exception.
And before we move on — yeah, I know, people these days are calling it a Bucket List, but you’ll forgive me, I hope, for not hopping on the same old bandwagon. I’ll continue to call it by my longer and more convoluted name because I like it a whole lot better.
The first six items on my list are either done, done and done, or nearly done. Check this out:
#2: Lose 25 pounds. Done!
#3: Lose 50 pounds: Done!
#4: Lose 75 pounds: Done!
#5: Lose 100 pounds: Done!
and I’m less than 10 pounds away from achieving #6 — you guessed it — lose 125 pounds.
#20: See a play on Broadway. Done! I saw Chicago while in NYC a couple of years ago. Had tickets to Wicked, but never made it. Long story.
#37: Become a grandmother. Done and done well! Not that I had anything to do with it, but it was something I wanted, and here I am, Ooma to the two most incredible children on the planet.
#38: Try sushi. Done — many times
#40: Be elected president of Romance Writers of America — done
#41: Serve an entire term as president of Romance Writers of America — done. Oh, yes, these two things might seem like they’re the same, but they’re not. Being elected by the 10,000-plus membership is one thing. Having the stamina, the tough skin, and the perseverance to serve out the whole term is another thing entirely. Not to mention what it takes to oversee a board of 25 people or so while leafing through Bylaws and Policy on a daily basis trying to figure out what you and the board can and can’t do and maintaining a career at the same time. It was a strange balancing act, but an exhilarating one. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
#78: Live somewhere besides Utah (as an adult when it’s my choice): Done! I now live in Florida.
#79: Make an afghan for my friend Jo Ann: Done
#80: Make an afghan for my friend Teresa: Done
#81: Make an afghan for my friend (and cousin) Angie: Done
So now when I look at my list, there are a measly 80 items on it. I have to come up with 20 more things I want to do before I die. I’ve heard that putting a desire, a goal, in writing is a very strong step toward achieving it. Apparently, that’s true.
Last time I worked on my list, I decided to focus on a few key categories; such as, Charitable/Service Activities, Encounters with Key People, Ownership/Acquisition Activities, Medical/Health-Related Activities, Creative Experiences, Educational/Self-improvement Activities, Travel and Adventure. That still sounds good to me.
Now it’s time to look the list over again and to spend some time deciding what I still want to do, what no longer fits, and what new and exciting things I want to add to the list so I can get it back to 100.