A Planner, A List Maker, A Dreamer


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I am a planner and a list maker.

I’ve made packing lists, checklists, wish lists, top ten lists, grocery lists, to do lists, pros/cons lists, laundry lists and shopping lists.

I will soon be forty-seven years old.  I believe it is time to formalize my bucket list.

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”  ~ C.S. Lewis

The term ‘bucket list’ was popularized in 2007 by the film, The Bucket List.  The expression originated from the idiom, “to kick the bucket” meaning “to die”.  Thus, a bucket list is a list specifying those things one wishes to do before dying.

I’d rather re-frame the term.  I will refer to it as my “hope to do” list…or the “everything is possible” list…or “life to do” list…or maybe my “dreams” list.

It is exciting to dream and hope.  Dreams and hopes are necessary for life.  They offer a sense of purpose which is one of the characteristics of those who live longer lives.

I realize that time, money and commitments may limit these aspirations.  I will allow myself to add to, subtract from and change this list, however and when, I want.

  • Visit Stonehenge
  • Go on an archaeological dig
  • Climb Colorado’s Highpoint, Mount Elbert
  • Visit Hawaii
  • Attend a Presidential Inauguration  completed January 2013
  • Visit a casino (and gamble)  completed July 2013
  • See the Grand Canyon  completed July 2013
  • Go whitewater rafting
  • Go sailing
  • See a Cirque du Soleil show  completed July 2013
  • Be a flash mob participant
  • See a Broadway show in NYC
  • Go zip lining
  • Travel to Ireland
  • Travel to Italy
  • Write/Illustrate a children’s book with my daughter
  • Travel to the Santorini, Greece
  • Weigh less than when I got married  completed May 2013
  • Do the splits once again
  • Get a tattoo
  • Attend wedding/s of our former exchange student/s
  • Meet my childhood pen pal formerly from England (living in New Zealand at present)

I am a planner, a list maker and a dreamer.

“The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for.  The most you can do is live inside that hope, running down its hallways, touching the walls on both sides.”  ~ Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams


What dreams do you have?

There are various websites, apps and even a book for recording your own list:

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