Happy Friday! It’s week #48 of the Marketing for Romance Writers’ 52-Week Blog Challenge, and so far I’ve managed to post every week. If you’re not amazed by that, you probably ought to be. I haven’t always been the most reliable when it comes to posting regularly, mostly because I can’t think of things to talk about that I think followers would be remotely interested in reading about. I’ve enjoyed thinking and writing about the topics all year, and I’ve enjoyed reading all the other authors; posts and getting their take on the topics.
This week’s prompt is 5 Things on my Bucket List. All I can say is, thank goodness I have a list! I don’t like the term “bucket list,” so I call mine my “Life List,” but the premise is the same.
I didn’t always have a Life List. In fact, it never occurred to me to make such a list until Younger Daughter’s senior year in high school. She’d been out of the hospital for a few months and she came home from school one day with an assignment to make a list of 100 things she wanted to do in her lifetime. She’d been struggling with her depression for most of that year, so I was thrilled by the assignment and especially thrilled that she was actually going to do it. I was all for anything that had her looking toward the future. She shared her list with me, and it inspired me to create my own.
I came up with 100 things I wanted to do while I was on this planet, and though I routinely remove a few, even without knowingly undertaking them, I try to add as many as I remove so it stays at 100. I haven’t been very good at that lately, though, because I currently only have 84 items on my list. I’m going to have to give some thought to things I want to add.. But with 84 things on the list, I should be able to find 5 I want to talk about, so here we go:
#1: Visit every National Park in the United States. I’m a national park junkie, probably because when I was a small girl living in Montana, my parents took my sister, my brother and me to Yellowstone every year on our way to visit family in Utah. Some of my best memories are there in that park. I think I could come up with one for every stretch of road on both loops. I love the buildings. I love the paint color. It’s long been a dream of mine to visit every national park in the US and when I’ve finished with that, I’ll start on the parks in Canada.
#2 Take my grandchildren to Disneyworld/Disneyland When my oldest granddaughter was born 13 1/2 weeks early and lying in the NICU for more than 3 months, I promised her that when she got older, I’d take her to Disneyland or Disneyworld. In theory, it seems like it would be a fairly easy promise to keep, but it’s one that has eluded me for the past 11 years. Their parents took them a few years ago, so it’s not as if they haven’t had the Disney experience, but it’s been a while. And besides, the point is that I haven’t been able to keep the promise I made to the princess when she was lying there in that incubator, all 3 pounds or so of her, fighting for her life. One of these days, I’ll keep that promise. I refuse to leave this planet until I do!
#3. Take a cruise. I don’t care where I go, I’d just like to give it a try. I have several friends who are cruise-aholics, and some day I’d like to see what it is that has them hooked. Besides, I love to travel, so…
#4. Own a cabin in the mountains. Also perhaps borne out of my yearly visits to Yellowstone, with frequent stays in the cabins there, I love cabins. I also love the mountains. The beach is beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but I miss the mountains desperately–the Rockies in particular. There are foothills here in the east, but nothing approaching mountains. I’m pretty sure I’ve talked about this before, but someday, I want to own a weekend getaway cabin somewhere in the mountains–a place where I can hide away for a couple of weeks writing, and then bring the family so we can enjoy the clear, mountain air together. I’d be happy with a location near Mirror Lake in Utah or with one near Grand Lake in Colorado. Either one would be find with me.
And #5: Read all of the Harry Potter books. “What?” I hear you say. “You haven’t done that yet???” Well…no. I’ve read two of them, though,and thoroughly enjoyed both books, but I haven’t finished the series. That’s something I want to do before I shuck off this mortal coil, and it’s probably easier to accomplish than to “always leave people better than I found them,” or “Become comfortable in large crowds.”
So there you have them: five things on my Life List. What’s on yours?
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