A Personal Touch
I love reading Suzanne McRae’s blog because she is always so personal in her posts. Her writing is so raw and full of everyday life. She is a great model for me of how I want to write. She shares very personal stories and I think her readers really connect with her on that.
So in honor of Suzanne and her beautiful sharing, I’ve decided to share my bucket list with you. I hope that it will grow and change as time goes on, crossing things out as I go. It was a great exercise for me and it is so fun to now have one that I can add and cross off items.
Writing a bucket list makes you think about what you want to do with your life and helps you define what is important.
My list contains lots of travel and home stuff because that is important to me. It also contains some adventure items because those make me feel very alive. I was talking with my daughter last night about her favorite vacations and realized that we both loved beaches. Vacations with beaches are always good. I mentioned the vacation to Branson when we went ziplining. That really stands out to me. I have my husband to thank for that adventure. He loves that kind of stuff and I don’t think that I would have been so bold to plan it, but he did and so I can now cross it off my list.
This summer we are going to Maui.
Visiting Hawaii is definitely on the list, but when I was talking about it with a colleague of mine he mentioned that there is a tour that takes a bus to the top of a mountain and then drops people off at the top with bicycles so you can ride down the mountain on a bike. You do it very early so that you see the sunrise on the mountaintop. Eric kinda poo-pooed that one. He is not much of one for either early mornings OR bike rides, but I put it on my list. I almost turned it down because Eric didn’t want to do it, but then I thought about both ways and realized that I would be disappointed in myself if I did not take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I will be doing it without Eric.
Bucket Lists are Desires Yet Manifested
I wrote about desire recently, which generated some discussion about the topic and what it really means to desire something. Is it good or bad to desire? I think it is both. Like anything, desire has two sides to it.
In one perspective, desire lights the way to our path in life, our own tao. (Dao/tao means “path” in Chinese.) Desire helps us to make our dreams manifest. If we don’t dream, we can’t create. We desire things to draw ourselves forward.
In another perspective, desire can represent those things that we wish to have but somehow feel that we have failed in achieving. Human beings are rather complex creatures and many times we don’t do it right. Desire in this case can remind us of what we don’t have yet.
Both definitions are for the same word, but they will manifest completely differently in our lives.
As I created this bucket list to share with you, I felt that this list represents the things that I am most proud of in my desires for my life. Yes, I wish to go to the grocery store to buy ingredients to make a cake but I won’t put that on the list. What does go on the list is the big ticket items. The things that I desire to accomplish before I “kick the bucket”.
In Chapter One of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu said,
“When you are free from desire, you will understand the essence of your life. When you identify with your desires, you will observe the manifestations of your life. Both contain the deepest secrets of the dark unknown , the doorway to the mysteries of life.”
I think that both of these aspects to desire have been addressed in these lines. Both contain the mysteries of life.
I am on an adventure.
It is both a spiritual adventure, unlocking the mysteries of life, and a physical adventure – seeing what this world has to offer. I want to live my life fully and I hope that you will too. If you have a bucket list posted somewhere, please post a link in the comments! We would love to see it!
Want to see my Bucket List? Click here