Bucket List

Photo Oct 22, 6 32 22 PM

As I am nearing the end of my training for my first marathon, my mind began to contemplate what my next “life goal” to achieve should be during my last double-digit distance run on Saturday. It’s hard to believe that 16 weeks of planning my life around running has been completed. During my 12 miler on Saturday morning, knowing it was my last “long” run before the marathon, I couldn’t help but feel a little sadness that my weekends will no longer consist of distance runs. I am actually sad that I have to really pay attention to what I am eating during these next two weeks as I taper my mileage because I will not be burning as many calories. But I feel that this experience has taken me to a new level of personal fitness & getting me more serious about maintaining a fitness regime. Not to mention I will be able to cross off something from my personal bucket list!!

My first thought as to what I will be able to attribute more of my “free time” to doing is volunteering. More specifically, volunteering at an animal shelter. I can remember volunteering in high school because it was required as part of being in BETA club, but I now want to volunteer more. I am learning that for those of us who are able to volunteer (& let’s face it, we can all allot at least a few hours during our weekend/free time to help those in need) should volunteer at some point in our life. Helping others is such an integral part of being human & a service more people need to make time for. Since my mom is taking Lola while Carl & I are in NYC the first weekend of November, I have come to the difficult decision that I will have her stay with my mom until I come home for Thanksgiving the third week of November. No sense in having my mom make another trip down south when I will be home in two weeks. It will be a rough two weeks without my little girl, but I know she will be in the best of care with ‘Grammy.’ So, without feeling guilty for leaving Lola home alone on the weekends & to get my fur-baby fix, I will be devoting some time to volunteer at the local animal shelter. Carl is always working on the weekends anyway & instead of being home by myself, I feel I can make better use of my time while helping animals in need. I encourage everyone to volunteer at least once during your lifetime & feel the delight from doing so.

Figuring out what to do with my “free time” post marathon got me thinking further—like bucket list further. With accomplishing running the NYC marathon, what else do I want to do in life? So I sat down & starting writing up my very own bucket list of what I hope to achieve during my lifetime. Many of them involve traveling, but many are simple acts-some of which I have already accomplished-& some are broad ideas that can be adapted to a multitude of things. Here’s the rundown:

  •  Do something that scares me—I’m about to watch the original Halloween, by myself!
  •  Learn choreography from Dirty Dancing
  •  Ride a gondola
  •  Be a part of something great
  •  Go to Greece
  •  Backpack through Europe
  •  Spend the night in a haunted mansion
  •  Lay in the road in the middle of the night
  • See a Broadway play—went to Beauty & the Beast back in 2001 & hope to see The Lion King in two weeks!
  •  Visit Berlin
  •  Have a job that travels
  •  Visit Croatia
  •  Kiss under the Eiffel Tower
  •  Pay a stranger’s tab at a restaurant
  •  Go on an aquarium date
  • Go to a drive-in movie—LOVE drive-ins! If you have never been, do it!
  •  Throw someone a surprise party
  •  Go into an airport & buy tickets for a random flight
  •  Move to a different country
  •  Change the world
  • Feel the fear & do it anyway—moving 700 miles away from home, August 2011
  • Donate my hair—chopped off 10 inches back in 2007 & something I hope to do multiple times
  •  Go to London
  •  Cook Thanksgiving dinner
  •  Make Christmas dinner for my entire family
  •  Attach a lock to a love bridge
  •  Party in Las Vegas
  •  Visit Sydney, Australia
  •  Ride a subway in New York—soon!!
  •  Set foot on all 7 continents
  •  ‘Hold up’ the leaning tower of Pisa
  •  Run the NYC Marathon—soon!!!!!
  •  Watch the ball drop in times square
  •  Go to Alaska
  •  See the Sydney Opera House
  •  Visit all 50 states
  •  Go to Venice, Italy
  •  Do stand-up comedy
  •  Audition to become a cast member of Saturday Night Live
  • Run a 5k
  • Run a 10k
  • Run a half-marathon
  •  Complete a Triathlon
  •  Go sailing
  •  Take a basic self-defense class
  • Go to Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN—with my momma in 2006
  •  Go to jazz club in New Orleans’ French Quarter
  •  Visit New Orleans, LA
  •  Go white water rafting
  •  Learn to surf—attempted once back in 2004, but hope to take more seriously again 🙂
  •  Ride in a hot air balloon
  •  Go zip-lining
  •  Take a train somewhere
  •  Ride the “London Eye” Ferris wheel
  •  Swim with dolphins
  •  Watch turtles hatch & run for the ocean
  •  Go on a safari in Africa
  •  Visit the Guggenheim Museum, NY
  •  Visit the Museum of Modern Art, NY
  •  Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
  •  Climb to the top of the Statue of Liberty—partial check; only saw the big girl back in 2001…
  • Visit the top of the Empire State Building—also accomplished in 2001, but so doing it again!
  •  Visit Coney Island Boardwalk
  •  Ride a steamboat down the Mississippi River
  •  Visit Martha’s Vineyard
  • Visit Disney World—Carl & I (thanks to my parents) summer of 09’—can’t WAIT to visit again!
  •  Attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  •  Visit a winery
  •  Pay off student loans
  •  Fly first class
  •  Buy a house
  •  Build a Habitat for Humanity Home
  •  Volunteer at an animal shelter
  • Start a blog
  •  Go to the Kentucky Derby (yes I’m a KY native & have never been)
  •  Ice skate at Rockefeller Center
  •  Visit Bora Bora

This is only a start—so much more I will discover & add to this list over the years, but I feel that life is worth living & have been living by the mottos of “everything once” & “no regrets” for quite some time now & continue to live it accordingly. Look out life, here I come!

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