And I realized something the other day: I'm grown up.
Well, not all the way. Probably not nearly as much as I thought I'd be by 28. :O) But enough to be chipping away at that list, my friends. Time to get it done! A year or two ago I had an email conversation with a guy that was really motivating/humiliating (something about me assuming he was a woman and offering to hug him...stupid gender-neutral names) and he told me something that has kind of stuck in my mind since then. He told me to stop saying "someday". Because of course someday never comes. Something we all know deep down, but for some reason fool ourselves into ignoring. So we turn the TV back on and "someday" our lives away. My life has been weird lately, and kind of depressing. I don't know. I think I've honed my people-pleasing skills to a fine and delicate art over the last 28 years and it's finally gotten to the point where I don't really feel like there is anything to me at all except the ability to make other people happy. But not even that, because no matter what I do, people are never happy. And I don't really understand it. And I'm kind of tired of it, actually. I think I need to pause and do a few things just for myself. Some challenging things! Even if they don't seem important or even to make sense. And everyone else can handle themselves for a while.
So! I bought some running shoes. (for number 11) Pink ones, so I know I won't fail at this...
And I downloaded my little "couch to 5k" app and plan to get started tomorrow. Because I can! So I should. And I will. :o)
I thought I'd share my list with you all, just for fun! So here we go, things I want to do, subject to change and in no particular order: :O)
1. Get my pilot's license
2. Be able to do the splits (again. I used to do that as a kid!)
3. Invent something
4. Learn to play the guitar
5. Visit Scotland
6. See giraffes in the wild
7. Teach the world to smile again
8. Save a life
9. Learn to belly dance
10. Learn ballet
11. Run a marathon
12. Speak French
13. Visit France
14. Paint an original masterpiece
15. Go to Alt Summit
16. No. Speak at Alt Summit!
17. Live in New York city
18. Nail a 720 double flip
19. Feel beautiful
20. Give away all my possessions
21. Camp on Shi Shi beach
22. Go to Disney Land
23. Learn to sail
24. Learn to surf
25. Hug strangers and not care what happens
26. Write a blog post without any typos. (OK that one's a joke. But SERIOUSLY!)
27. Write a craft book (Done! Nice!)
28. Have pink hair
29. Start a movement
30. Learn sign language
31. Get to know some friends with Downs Syndrome
32. Be a missionary in a foreign country
33. Be AMAZING, like seriously AMAZING at something. Anything.
34. Learn to juggle. Not like, a schedule or anything, I've got to keep my goals somewhat reasonable... ;o) like apples or something.
That's all I've got for now. :O)
So do you have a bucket list? You should start one! It would be fun. And don't be afraid to list the super-scary things. The more of your list you accomplish, the less scary those things seem. You can do those things! You were made for it. You're incredible.
Have a happy little Wednesday. :O)
P.S. Thank you so much to everyone who was willing to help support my Dad's new books! I'll have those promo codes sent out to you asap.