It’s hard to believe 2012 is almost upon us! I find myself during the week after Christmas literally wrapping up the holiday festivities and planning what I would like to accomplish in the near year. One thing I do not do is make resolutions or promises at the start of the New Year. For me, these are too easy to break, leaving myself to feel that I did not hold true to things I set out to do. So, what do I do instead? I created a bucket list. That’s right – a bucket list!
Now, I know many of you are thinking a bucket list is something that you jot down when you are terminally ill. This is what many of us think as described in the 2007 movie about two terminally ill men that escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die. I admit that I created my own bucket list when waged my own war against breast cancer during the summer of 2010. I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it and sat down one day to write out my own bucket list so that I would have a checklist. I eventually beat my breast cancer (yay!) and have since then used my bucket list as a reminder of the things I would like to do or see.
One of the items on my bucket list was to attend a book signing. I had never been to one and so I jotted it down. Before I knew it, that fall I found myself standing in line to purchase one of Sarah Palin’s books. I spent a few hours in line, met some of the most amazing people and to top it off, I got the chance to meet her, she signed my book and we spent several minutes talking about my breast cancer battle. She couldn’t help but ask as I had little hair, no eyelashes, no eyebrows and a pink breast cancer awareness shirt. Not sure, but I think that gave it away. She stopped the book signing line just to ask me how I was doing and to tell me that she was proud of my fight. Wow – I couldn’t believe it! I not only got to check off one of my bucket list items, but will be forever changed by meeting her, the people I stood in line with and the opportunity to do something that I normally wouldn’t do.
Maybe that’s what it’s all about? No matter how you do it, it’s taking time out of life’s busyness to stop and think about what it is that you want to do, what in life we want defining us. It’s asking the question, “What would I like to do that I haven’t done?” Without this time of year I wonder how often we would simply move through life, never stopping to reflect on where we have been or what we would like our future to look like.
So, if you were to create a bucket list, what would be on it?
No matter what is on your list, my wish for all of you is to have a blessed New Year that is filled with many laughs, smiles and wonderful memories to fill your memory jar.