I had this plan. I even wrote it down. You know what I am talking about -- a Summer bucket list. It went something like this:
- ride a roller coaster again after a long time
- lay out on the grass and watch the stars on a warm evening
- see the big trees
- go to the county fair
- and so on...
You want to know a secret? I didn't check a single thing off that list.
You know, I was just too busy being in out of state weddings and conventions and doing what needed to be done that I just didn't have time. And I almost let that get me down.
But then I came up with the reverse-bucket list. Instead of making a list of things I wanted to do (and didn't get to), I am making a list of things I got to do, whether they were planned or not. And this list looks much better --
- ate Tex-Mex in Houston
- slept in a cabin with good friends in the Rockies
- drove through the Napa Valley at midnight with the music turned up and the full moon shining in through the open sun roof
- enjoyed Cirque du Soleil KA on the Strip in Vegas
- visited with my brother, finally home from Afghanistan
- sled down a sand dune -- or attempted to, at least ;)
- spent a day on the lake with my man, some friends, and a wakeboard
- ate deep fried pickles at the Rattlesnake Saloon, which is a restaurant in a cave in Alabama
- sang along with Committed in concert
- played cards in the park on a sunny afternoon
- caught up with good friends over breakfast, and left feeling so incredibly blessed
- read a book on my balcony at The Gaylord Opryland (and enjoyed all its glory) in Nashville
- touched the water pump where Helen Keller first learned that words have meaning
- walked along the Ventura coast with my favorite person in the world -- my husband
You know what I am thinking? This whole reverse list is better than the original.
Here's to living a life that worth reflecting upon and finding it to be beautiful just the way it is!
(A 'Wednesday Files' Post)