Say that the average death year is 80 years old (I'm too lazy to google the actual number) and you are 35 right now. How many times do you have to do your favorite things?
This can be sort of a morbid way to look at things or it can motivate you to DO MORE with your life. We aren't guaranteed to make it to 80, so this list can be even shorter! What if I'm 40 or 50 or 60 or somewhere in between when I go? This list would be cut drastically.
For example, my favorite place in the entire world is Garner State Park. I love the trees, the river, the hills, everything. I go on average about every other year. So, in theory I only have 22.5 more times to go. And that is only if I live until that long or don't more too far away to drive up there all the time.
I do an average of 12 bucket list items a year. (Sometimes more, but I shoot for at least 12) That means I only have time to do 540 more if I do an average of 12 a year. So, I can either pick 540 to do or get busy and do MORE!!! I'm going to choose to get busy. I have one this weekend and I did one on Monday! If for some reason I can't hike the Grand Canyon or Machu Picchu one day, I need to prioritize to do that when my knees don't hurt. Or if it is to go to a certain event or meet a certain celebrity, I need to make sure I do that early on because it could be an instance like meeting Richard Simmons. I am so glad I did that before he closed his studio and retired.
My goal is to travel to one new city and one new country each year. I didn't go to a new country this year, but I did go to a few new cities, including Washington DC. So, if I continue this way I can only see 45 more of each OR try and double up on my trips. So, out of all the cities in the USA and all the countries in the World, I only get to go to 45 more. My personal rule is that if I'm paying for it, I am only going to new places. My family goes to Honduras a lot, but I have been there so many times. Don't get me wrong, it's paradise and I love it, but if I have limited time and money, it makes more sense for me to go to new places.
There is a spot in Nacogdoches that as soon as I get there, my body feels "home". Literally every time I pass it my heart says "I'm home". It is such a great feeling. I don't get to Nac as often as I used to now that I don't know too many people there. I still go back often for Driving Jacks events, but not for SFA events. I need to make that more of a priority. So if I go back once every other year (not including Driving Jacks events), I have 22.5 more times to be "home". Dude, I got tears when I saw that number.
I read about a book a year, but I honestly want to change that. Maybe one of my 2017 resolutions will read 1 book a year, but I will be conservative and say 6 books a year (one every other month). That is 270 books that I can read. Since I love books (even though I haven't read as many as I could) I need to make a list of the top books I want to read instead of just reading some to read some.
You know, sometimes God grants you things in your heart, sometimes he gives you even more blessings than you can imagine. I always thought I would be a mom, but now I have decided to stop focusing on the things I can't change and become the World's Best Aunt. Yep, I am going to spend the rest of my life striving for that trophy because I am a pretty cool aunt. :) I may or may not be a mom one day, but I have honestly stopped desiring to be one. If it happens, it happens but I know that I'm running short on time. So I have 45 more years to get that trophy. I am going to spend time on the floor playing dolls, hang out in the woods and watch my nephew play in the mud, and be with my nephew while he plays video games (still can't play because I get motion sick). I want to do things that they want to do, even if I don't feel like it because I won't always be able to do that.
|My dad-Keith, sister-Tori, nephew-Cole, niece-Kali. My other nephew, Hunter, is not pictured. This picture is from their school's fall festival day.|
There have been 9 US Presidential elections since I have been on this planet and I only have 10 left. 10 more times to vote for the future of this Nation! (My math could be wrong on this, FYI. LOL).
WHAT ABOUT YOU?! WHAT ARE SOME THINGS ON YOUR LIST THAT YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU DO??