Tuesday, February 9, 2010

There's a lot to get done before my DEADline

I always wonder how I am going to get done everything I want to get done....in this lifetime. There's so much to do, so much to experience, so much to learn, so much to see, and so much to taste.

A couple of years ago, I bought one of those Moleskine books, and my goal was to list the 100 things I want to do in this lifetime. Actually, I titled it "100 Things To Do Before I Go". A 'bucket list', so to speak. I was only able to think of 50 things my first go at it. My little book was lost for a bit, but then I found it a couple of weekends ago while I was doing the "massive 2010 clean out". I've managed to add a couple more items, and I'm sure now that my book is in my possession again, I'll be able to hit 100.

Here they are: (and those that are blocked out, are things I've managed to accomplish)

  1. visit France (again)
  2. go skydiving (again)
  3. live abroad
  4. weigh my goal weight
  5. not live paycheck to paycheck
  6. be a fabulous foster parent
  7. be fluent in the French language
  8. be comfortable in my own skin walking into a room of strangers
  9. be a decent salsa dancer
  10. go on a special trip with my mother
  11. make a difference in a child's life
  12. go rock climbing
  13. be able to run 3 miles w/out stopping
  14. practice yoga faithfully
  15. visit Martha's Vineyard
  16. be a raw vegan
  17. be perpetually neat and organized
  18. get my sign language interpreting certifications
  19. go on an extended European vacation
  20. remove money as a concern
  21. go on another Country Walkers tour
  22. host a big, blow out bash
  23. zipline through a canopy
  24. have a home with a front porch and a swing
  25. go to Alaska
  26. live a toxin free life with a toxin free home
  27. own a home with a fireplace
  28. own an 'escape'/summer home/cottage
  29. take beautiful photographs (good enough to sell)
  30. go a month without TV (again)
  31. visit all 50 states
  32. truly live in peace in my heart and home
  33. have the visible baby biceps I've always wanted
  34. visit New York City
  35. stay in one of those huts on stilts on water (is it Bali? Thailand?)
  36. visit my Grandfather's mother's hometown in Poland
  37. make sure I can do the splits at every decade (40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90!)
  38. be debt free
  39. walk along an east coast's coast with pedal pushers on like I've always dreamed about with Ignacio
  40. be my own boss
  41. go on an Outward Bound adventure
  42. live for me
  43. be a volunteer for the elderly
  44. have a special relationship with my nephews. Always.
  45. stop worrying about what others think
  46. ride my bike and take it on public transportation
  47. visit at least 500 of the 1000 places before you die
  48. rent an old house with Don and Marty for at least a week, living out the daydream we've created
  49. get a makeover that makes me look fabulous
  50. get my teeth straightened (again)
  51. go kayaking
  52. take guitar lessons
  53. always take dance lessons (ballet/jazz)
  54. live a life that my dad would be proud of
I think I need to get more imaginative with the next 50 things. Dream big, baby.

There is a lot to get done. At least I know if I don't get it all done, there is always my next lifetime.


  1. i'd like to be able to do your #13 again. i finally was able to run/jog 3 miles about 4 years ago. want to get strong again.
    p.s. i had a partial mastectomy on Friday, and today I learned that it wasn't cancerous. YAY!

  2. You have inspired me to make my own list!!...Look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

  3. I worked on my vision or dream board tonight. It's sort of the same thing but instead of making the list I cut pictures out of magazines of all the things I want to accomplish in life. My new "dating optimism" book suggested it. This author assures me that it will all come true as long as I cut the pictures out of magazines..plus positive thinking...blah, blah.
    I'm thinking that I like your list too. There are just some things that need to be written. Good luck with your list!

  4. Tracy, I've had a Vision Board on my bedroom wall for years. I need to make some revsions.

    Jules, I need to put more thought into the last 50 things on my list. They have to be juicy!

    Anon, Yay! No cancer!

  5. You have many admirable goals...I think your dad is proud.