This is a retelling of my adventures and life shenanigans. You've been warned.........
Below is my updated bucket list.
I’ve lost a lot of weight so I am almost to my goal size of 8 and I have worked so hard to do that. I am living a much healthier life now, including limiting my stress and trying very hard to let go of my need to control everything into life. I’m finally realizing this is a loose/loose strategy. I am feeling happier than I have in a long time. It takes work to be happy and to have a happy existence. I’m happy to do the work of course. If you have a bucket list suggestion,I am open to any ideas not already on my list. Please post a suggestion and I’ll update as I cross them off my list
1. Go to Vegas
3. Get married in Key West
4. Meet Eric Clapton
5. Photograph the Goo Goo Dolls for Rolling Stone
6.Hug A Stranger ☀
7. Stand in 2 different states at the same time
8. Sit behind the Predators at a Hockey game.
9. Own a International Scout
10. Sacrifice something I want so that someone else can have something they want.
11. Buy something from Tiffany’s in New York
12. Go to New York
13. Go BACK to Paris
14. Go to Italy
15. Have an intimate conversation with a total stranger
16. Go to a movie by myself☀️
17. Go to dinner by myself☀
18. Stand on the beach in a foreign country
19. Dye my hair a very bright color☀
20. Let go of guilt about things that are beyond my control ☀
21. Even though I can’t sing AT ALL and completely terrified of singing in public to the point of potentially passing out…..I want to stand up and sing a song in front of a crowd of people at a karaoke bar ☀
22. Learn to speak, read and write French and Italian fluently
23. Swim with dolphins
24. See the Grand Canyon
25. Swim in The Great Barrier Reef in Australia
26. Fly first class somewhere
27. Own my dream home.
28. Go to an Olympic Swimming event
29. Eat something I have never eaten before prepared by a REAL chef.
30. Witness an honest to God miracle
31. Meet someone inspirational
32. Be a size 8
33. Ride in a hot air balloon
34. Go on a helicopter ride
35. Go to maradi gras
37. See the northern lights
38. Go camping successfully ☀
39. Swim in the pacific ocean w both of my brothers
40. Go to comic con
41. Whale watching
42. See Mount Rushmore
43. Sit on a jury
44. Watch a rocket launch live
46. See a volcano
47. Paintball. ☀
Sorry sorry sorry, I know I haven’t written in a LONG LONG LONG time……..my bad. I have been crazy busy. That said, I started out this year a little hopeful and making promises to do more things for people and to be less (me me me) and more (you you you). So today I went to the South Inglewood Community Center in Nashville, TN to paint and help make the place nicer for the people who go there. It was really amazing to see a place go from kinda beat up to super clean and painted. I loved being able to make a place shiny and new. It was my first volunteer activity for the year and will not be the last. My friend V got me into the event and I had a great time. I am now covered in paint and kinda funky smelling but totally worth it. I was really happy to do something for someone else and have no benefit out of it other than the pure joy of contributing to the betterment of the community. I also got to meet some really amazing people that were also volunteering. It reminded me of what it is to give back when you have so much.
Now, that said, there is one thing that kinda bugged me. The mayor of Nashville, Karl Dean, and some other political people showed up. They gave the appropriate speeches and then glad handed everyone w the obligatory photo ops. All of that was of course expected, then my friend V brought a brilliant point. If the entire point of the activity was for the purpose of giving back to the community and to be a volunteer, then why didn’t Mayor Karl Dean pick up a brush and get to painting? Why did he show up in a suit and tie, make a speech about volunteering and then leave? If you are trying to get people to volunteer and give back to the community, shouldn’t you, as the leader set an example by your actions not your words. Anyone can make a great speech for the cameras, it sets a much better example to get your hands dirty with the very people that you are speaking to. Be a leader, show people what the right thing to do is and they will follow. Sometimes words don’t mean much, especially in politics. Being that it is Martin Luther King Day, I don’t know as much as I should about the man to be honest, but what I do know is this. He made great speeches then got himself in the muck and joined his people in action. Actions speak louder than words and get more votes Mr. Dean…..just saying…….
Moving on…….I am really glad that I did volunteer today instead of sitting on my butt and doing nothing. I hope to teach my daughter about sacrifice and helping those in need. I will try to teach this lesson by example not words. Whether you agree or not, either is fine, just get yourself out and volunteer and give back. You will feel so good inside and feel joyful. I promise.