Day Nine: Bucket Lists make us stare at our fears and do something

..it’s scary and different, but what if?

Today’s blog challenge asks me to look at my bucket list. Up to today, I’ve had five things I wanted to do in my life. I always thought, keep the list small. Keep the things doable. But now that this blog challenge asks me to think about a bucket list, I wonder why in the world have I limited myself to five things?

Fear probably. I have to take a hard look at my life and face a few things. First of all, I can’t live in today. I have to forecast my future. So let’s say I get a few ideas down. Then what? Well, I have to figure out how to make it happen. Break down the steps. Wonder about the cost. Time scares me too, because right now I feel like I’m constantly running to stay on the tail end of life, and I’m running so fast I can barely catch my breath–but I’m still trying.

Imagination. I have a little bit of this I could spare. ;0) But then I have to deal with the follow-through, which is another scary thought.

But what if? What if I made my bucket list and tried to do one thing this year. Could you do it? Would you try it?

Maybe we should challenge each other a little bit here.

So here goes. Here’s a list I’ve thought carefully about, and these items are in no particular order of importance.

A hot air balloon ride.

I’ve always dreamed about them when I ‘ve seen the big bright balloons drifting in the sky. They’re beautiful. They’re happy.

Dancing.

I’m pulling this one straight from my dream list. I haven’t started it yet, so I figured I could count it as one. Beauty and the Beast style. The dress. The sparkly shoes. And the moves. That is what I want.

Travel.

I want to see Africa. The Lions. The Chimpanzees. To get in a jeep and track some of the wildlife.

Italy. I want to take a Gondola ride. I’ve been to Italy once before, but I never went to some of the cities on the water.

Fiji. I definitely want to go there. I don’t have a real reason aside from all the beautiful island pictures I’ve seen.

Alaska. To see the whales and the Polar bears in their natural habitat.

The Statue of Liberty. I’ve been to New York City twice, but have never stood next to her statue and I’d like that.

Learn a Language: Spanish.

And I want to be able to speak it.

Writing.

I need to finish my novel, move on to the trilogy, and start my next couple of series I have ruminating around in my head.

Head/Handstand. I teach Yoga. Strength and balance are important to me. I’d love to do both of these things someday, and sooner much rather than later.

A rose garden.

I’ll never forget my babysitter’s backyard growing up. She had the most beautiful rose garden, with a stone fountain in the center and a perfect path of stone steps leading right to the heart. I want to design my own garden. To pick my own flowers and wear them in my hair if I want.

Paint.

Another item from my dream list. I want to take another painting class and make something straight from my heart. I never finished an oil painting in school. Wouldn’t that be something?

Make a Difference.

I want to continue pursuing a path to inspire people. To help people believe in their dreams.

Mentor.

I’d like to be a mentor to students in school at some point again. To help them dream and to figure out how to make their dreams come true.

Broadway.

I’ve never been to a Broadway show. I’d like to see something fun like Chicago.

Disney World. I’ve been there at a conference. But I’d love to take my kids. I’d love to actually ride the rides and see their faces as they stare all of their favorite cartoons in the face. Hug them. Laugh. Wow. What a moment.

I’m sure I’ll think of more now that I’m thinking about. I’ll probably add a few from time to time. But if you’re needing some ideas, here’s a couple of web resources I found on the spot.

Register a bucketlist profile. It’s free. I did it. http://bucketlist.org/accounts/register/

If you’re not into joining something, take a peek at this website. It listed tons of ideas. http://daringtolivefully.com/bucket-list-ideas

And if you feel like taking a second to think and sharing one thing on your list, I’d love to hear it.

~Erika

About Erika Beebe

Author, dreamer, and a momma to a couple of wonderful kids, I try to live life everyday in hope and inspire others along my way.

Posted on April 2, 2013, in bucket list, cloud nine girl, Dreams, Erika Beebe. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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