"Find the joy in your life." ~Morgan Freeman's character in The Bucket List
I want to compose a Bucket List of all the things I want to do in my life before I die.
I could really make several bucket lists and divide them in to genres: travel, activities, hobbies, etc. I'm sure we all might have some similar ones and then branch off in areas that really interest us.
Ok, so we can all include the obvious on our bucket list: Great Wall of China, Seven Wonders of the World, Climb Mount Everest, star in our own season of The Real Housewives of... (and it will be far more fabulous and much less annoying than Orange Coutny), go skydiving, scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef, write and publish a book on the NY Times Best Seller List, and obviously have all of the money required to do those things and the 7698 others.
I set some resolutions for myself this year, but aside from that, I have decided to do a yearly Bucket List. There are so many things that I want to do in my life and I need to get them all down on paper to make sure I can do them. This will make all of these things more doable and also helps me set the goals in to easier segments. I can also spread out these things and enjoy them more rather than trying to cram them in at the end. Some items will be big and some will be small. A lot of money is also an essential bit to many of the things that will be on my bucket list, so this is another plus to spreading out the joy and items on my list (again, do you suppose those minis really need to go to college or have diapers to wear?!?!?!)
Yesterday, on Good Will Grace, Whitney wrote about breaking her 2010 resolutions in to monthly goals and I thought this was a great day.
Ok, so 2010 will bring many changes, challenges, events, and memories. Here are a few of my 2010 Bucket List Items. I will add to them and let you know as I cross some off.
1-Take a long trip with Mr. Molly Lou. I love my children and I love my husband. We have taken such great family trips, but we need to get away together and RELAX! This needs to be more than a 24-48 hour getaway and should just be about us getting away to explore and have fun together.
2-Sew a memory quilt. I mentioned in my resolutions that I wanted to learn a new hobby. I own a sewing machine, but I am soooooooooooooooo not talented and have a mind boggling amount left to learn. I have made some curtains (I can sew in a straight line), but not much else. I want to make a memory quilt from some of my grandmother's clothing pieces.
3-Go on a girls weekend with some friends. The older I get, the more I realize the value in friendship and girl time is so important and certainly doesn't happen enough.
4-Run a 5K and perhaps a 10K. I know that some of you may totally laugh at this and this is just another morning stroll for you. You see, I HATE running and only feel it is necessary if I am being chased. I need to embrace this task called running and hopefully one day learn to enjoy it (gulp!). I want to run a race from start to finish, no walking by the end of the year.
5-Take a class. This can be any class, but I do enjoy learning. Perhaps I will take a sewing class and this will help me better achieve #2.
6-Start a regular and routine volunteer mission. I have always helped with church, worked once a year in a homeless shelter, donated money, food, and goods to organizations, but I have always wanted my children to grow up to be helpful, compassionate, and humble human beings. The best way to do this is to start early and have the role models of their parents. Find and start that routine volunteer project.
7-Read at least 15 books a year (and no, the 18577325 children's books don't count). This will be an ongoing BL item.
8-Go to the Oprah show. This is probably NEVER going to happen, especially since her show isn't going on until the end of time. This is probably an unattainable one, but one that might be fun to try. If Ellen can campaign and win, making it on the cover of O! Magazine, then it is worth a shot.
What's on your list this year?
Have a great day.