Much of my life has been spent being cautious. I'm a worrier, I'm clumsy, I'm broke, I'm afraid to fly, I always have a lot of reasons for not doing stuff. I've had people tell me I'm boring (which is so rude! and not true!). At some point about five years ago I decided to stop being afraid of stupid stuff. It's okay to be afraid of flying because that shit can actually kill you. But being afraid of karaoke? Unless there's a freak gasoline fight accident at the karaoke bar, you're not going to die. So I finally sang at karaoke and, indeed, I didn't die. Not even of embarrassment! I did other stuff like eating dinner at a restaurant by myself and buying a house. I may be boring but it takes guts to buy a fixer. I've established that here, right?
Then last fall the boy took me to Hawaii with his parents and I flew over the ocean, something I was really nervous about. At the time I joked that if he took me to the all-you-can-eat fried shrimp buffet at The Sizzler, he would have officially fulfilled all of my childhood dreams. But I lied. I'd also need tap dancing lessons. Hawaii, fried shrimp, and tap dancing. This little girl dreamed big.
Maggie over at Mighty Girl created a Mighty List of 100 things to do before she dies, which is a familiar riff on the bucket list. Lots of people make lists (you should in particular check out Jess' 30-while-she's-30 and Amy's life list) but Maggie's is fun to follow because she has corporate sponsorship so she goes amazing places and tells you what she wore.
I started thinking about what would be on my list and looking at other people's lists. It's fun because I've already done some of the stuff that other people want to do. I've done a night swim with manta rays (terrifying and awesome). I've run a 5K and learned sign language. I've grown my own vegetables and made my own limoncello and held adult dinner parties. I've rewired a lamp, seen the Northern Lights, bought a house, and taken hip hop classes. Reading these lists makes me feel way better about my life, which has made me pretty happy so far but still seems boring to other people. I'm not a thrill seeker, so sky diving or bungee jumping won't make my list, though I highly recommend going ziplining to anyone who hasn't tried it. I had to consciously avoid putting things on the list that I thought I *should* do, like hang gliding. That doesn't mean I won't do it at some point, but I don't need to do it before I die to feel content. Also, I love having toenails so running a marathon will never make this list. And why would I run when I can take Zumba classes?
A lot of this is aspirational stuff I've always dreamed about (Italy, manatees) and other stuff is more banal but somehow it hasn't happened yet.
So here's my Mighty List, in no particular order and still in progress:
Go to Hawaii(done 10/10!)
- Unlimited fried shrimp at The Sizzler
- Take tap dancing lessons
- Spend an entire day making bolognese and homemade pasta, drinking wine, and watching The Godfather 1&2 with friends (I did something similar once and it was awesome).
Go to Italy(just done 09/11! ohmygod!)
- Visit New York City
- Refinish the floors in the house
- Road trip of the States
- Learn how to can food
- Successfully make a boule of bread (mine are always flat)
- Bike to a picnic in the park
- Vacation on Isla Mujeres
- Learn to walk naturally in heels
- See Glacier National Park before all the glaciers melt
- Learn to salsa dance confidently
- Make a pie for someone else, which means not eating a single bite myself
- Vacation with my mom
- Pay off my credit card debt
- Roast my own coffee beans
- Learn to crochet
- See the manatees in Florida (sea cows, how I love you!)
- Learn to type without looking
- Take piano lessons
- See Machu Picchu
- Set foot in seven continents
- Croissants in Paris. Remember it fondly afterward with some International Coffee.
- Kayak a major body of water
- Complete the 3 day Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure
- See the Grand Canyon
- Get a role in a musical
- Attend a seder
- Catch a fish
- Attend a Dia de los Muertos celebration in Mexico
- See the Karst topography in China
- Swim in a cenote
- Go backpacking again
- Take one of my nieces or nephews on an awesome trip
- Make my own mozzarella cheese
- Have a dinner party and not feel disappointed about how some of the food came out.
- Happy hour oysters at Cafe Nell
- Camp on the southern Oregon coast
- Take a painting class
- Learn how to swim, for reals (I *love* being in the water but I do this sad mashup between the breast stroke and doggie paddle and I'd be screwed if I ever needed to get somewhere quickly.)
- Get my yard prettified enough to be featured on a garden tour . . .
- . . . and then invite LeAnn over for cocktails
- Float in the Dead Sea
- Sew a sundress
- Visit my family in Scotland
- Go to Japan
- Helicopter ride in Hawaii
- Have a ladies-only tea party in the garden where we all wear dresses and eat little sandwiches.
- Curry at HA & VL
- Take a vacation with Bill
- Make pizza on the barbecue
- Host a board game night
- Find the perfect jeans
- Learn how to hit a baseball/softball
- Play craps (it's look like so much fun in the movies . . . until something TERRIBLE happens)
- Tea in the Chinese garden
- Indian food at Vij's in Vancouver
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Anybody else have a mighty/bucket list?