Definition of BUCKET LIST
: a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying
First off, why wait until I’m closer to dying before I start living? I spent a number of years stagnant, festering in my own lethargy, both in and out of relationships. Now however, I am officially, legally single again. Not that that matters in this discussion, but it certainly removes the biggest, darkest cloud over my head which makes it MUCH easier to enjoy the sun.
Secondly, I was inspired by a post I read on HelloGiggles.com (thanks Zooey Deschanel for posting the link on FB!) so some of this will be borrowed and some will not.
Like the author of that post (http://hellogiggles.com/single-girls-totally-doable-summer-bucket-list [Yes! I read the single girls totally doable summer bucket list]) I am not wealthy. Or in a relationship. I don’t anticipate either happening in the near future. Why should that stop me from enjoying life? In fact, shouldn’t it encourage me to?
Hopefully you will read along and borrow some of my ideas and add your own. Everyone should have a summer bucket list. Everyone should complete it. Live life, yo!
So please, feel free to post your list in the replies so I can hold you accountable, but in the mean time – here is mine:
1. Work on my car.
I love working on my car. For various reasons, I haven’t in quite some time and that needs to change. Not everything I do involving my car has to cost money, so I have no excuse.
2. Spend a day on a windy and/or open road.
Windows down. Music up. Wind blowing. Wheels spinning. ‘Nuff said.
3. Go somewhere I have never been.
Can be combined with number 2. Or not. I don’t care where, as long as it is somewhere worth going and I can be there and back before work on Monday. I dream of seeing the world, yet have seen so little of my home country. Come on!
4. Show my children something amazing.
We could launch model rockets, go see a waterfall, enjoy a cave tour, zip-line, honestly I don’t care. Just not putt-putt, bowling, the Memphis Zoo or any of the other things we have done several times over.
5. Make progress on my next book.
I have several ideas. I just need to start typing. Workshops would probably be good too. Maybe a writers group (online or in person)? Just less Reddit and more wordsmithing.
6. Have a movie marathon with my kids.
I don’t care what series. They have never done a marathon. It’s time to stay up late and munch on popcorn.
7. Eat Fruity Pebbles while I watch the sun rise.
Yes, Fruity Pebbles. Yes, RISE. I can’t tell you the last time I saw it, but I can say it was glorious. I can also say Fruity Pebbles would make it more so. Yes, I know I am 37 years old. Shut it. Maybe I’ll even combine this with 2,3 and 4.
8. Be more active.
Depression has lead to high food intake and low activity, which in turn has lead to more depression. Terrible cycle. Bus driver, I’d like to get off please.
9. Say ‘Yes’ more.
I have great kids. I say ‘no’ a lot more than I could probably get away with. Certainly more than they deserve. Time to be more flexible. At least for the summer, then we’ll go from there.
10. Cook something I have never cooked before. For someone else.
Why specify ‘for someone else?’ Pressure. The drive to excel is always intensified when the end result has to be delivered, not just examined or enjoyed. The challenge will be nice. So will the feeling that follows if it turns out well. Doesn’t even matter whom it’s for. Just not for me.
11. Try several foods I have never eaten
On my trip to New Orleans, I tried a number of foods for the first time. It is such a pleasure to branch out. Especially when it turns out as well as the Crawfish Eggs Benedict I had. Yum!
So there it is. My ‘Single Guy’s Summer Bucket List.’ Ten seems to always be a good place to stop, so I went to eleven. Ha. That list could seem long or short depending on my level of procrastination. I hope you enjoyed it. I hope you join me.
Some images not mine. Nor do I claim them to be.