While I was hoofing it at a 27% incline on a treadmill at the gym, I started to think about what would happen if a doctor told me that I had 6 months to live. Where this thought came from, God only knows. To the best of my knowledge, I am healthy, fit, and can live forever – or until my card is up. But for 30 minutes, I thought about what I would do if I were given that news.
I thought, “Huh, I don’t really have a bucket list – maybe I should make one.” So, as I was panting and sweating, I thought about some of the things I wanted to do in my life. Not surprisingly, a vast majority centered around places I wanted to visit.
First thing’s first, I would quit my job. I would rather spend my days with friends and family on adventures than working for Uncle Sam. Ukrainians would call this an “active rest.”
Then, I wanted to throw a big dinner/dance party – because why not enjoy the good times while you still can? Maybe I would do it huffli style…with a lamb on a spit. Now, that would be cool. Plus, I want to buy a pair of Louboutins or Jimmy Choos– so a big party would be a good place for me to wear some expensive, fancy shoes.
I want to do a marathon. Preferably in a race setting so I could get my medal and $300 framed picture and race number, but I guess if no races were convenient – I could take my sweet ass time going 26.2 miles around DC just to say I was a marathoner. (This brought on a new string of thoughts, like – would I have time to train for a marathon? Then I remembered a lesson I learned a long time ago, running is all mental. My body would get me the 26.2 miles – it may not be pretty, but physically I could do it. But I would NOT do it with a synthetic green mullet on my head).
Then, of course, I started a list of all the places I wanted to see.
And…that was as far as I got. Lots of strokes of genius can happen in 30 minutes, but not an all inclusive list. But I guess the bigger thought is – I need a real life bucket list. I have lists for everything else (I have so many lists, I have several spreadsheets of them on Google docs), why not a master goal list of things I would like to do before my time is really up. Stay tuned for a real bucket list, because this is only a flavor of my adventures to come!
Do you have a bucket list?