What’s On Your Bucket List?

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The Coffee King and I were out to dinner the other night with friends. A cute, little hole in the wall, where the owner takes your order and brings your food. The menu? Italian, of course. Talking over baked ravioli smothered with mozzarella cheese you can stretch and twirl around your fork, my friend Lisa and I were discussing the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I told her, “I’ve always wanted to go to that. It’s on my bucket list.” We’re going next year.

Do you want to see the world? Learn another language? Play an instrument? Write a book, perhaps?

My list is long and strange at times. I want to sing in front of thousands of people while wearing leather pants. I’ve always wanted to be a rock star, but I can’t sing and I don’t play an instrument and at my age, no one wants to see me on stage if they couldn’t benefit from watching me in my twenties.

On my list is take singing lessons and learn to play the drums, piano and violin. It might not be too late to go on tour. Heck, if the Van Halen brothers can still do it pushing 60 why can’t I? Who cares if they didn’t see me in my twenties. I’m still cute. Just older. (I can talk myself in and out of anything. I think it’s a disorder.)

I want to learn to speak Italian fluently and not the dialect from the village of my crazy family. Though, how can’t you love a word like “Zingada?” You’re not getting that in any Italian text book, let me tell you.

I always wanted a dog. Check. photo 1 (7)

Graduate school. Check.

Publish a book. Double Check.

Book Two in the Gabriel Hunter Series
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Be a best selling author. No check, but I’m not out of the game yet, though I do need the help of others on this one.

One of the things on my list was learn to drive a stick shift. I bought a car with manual transmission in 1997. That forced me to get good at it because now my car and the Coffee King’s car were both sticks. I felt like the cool kid in the cool club. And my heart swells a little with pride when someone slides into the passenger seat next to me for the first time and says, “you can drive a stick?” Yup, I’m that cool. I sold that stick shift in 2001. Noodge 1 was 8  months old and my car was too small for all his stuff. Plus Noodge 2 showed up about a year after. Oh, the sacrifices we make for our children. But the Coffee King holds true to himself. His car today is a stick so I can still be cool from time to time.

I like checking things off my list too. Feels like I’m accomplishing something. My life is fuller, my mind broader, anything is possible.

So tell me, faithful reader, what’s on your list?

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5 thoughts on “What’s On Your Bucket List?

  1. My list, like yours, is a mile long. One thing that seems like a stretch yet something doable is to see Ireland. I’m half Italian and half Irish. I have always been intrigued by the Irish, the lore, the Celtic stories, the legends. The green isle will see me one day.

    1. Going to Ireland is an awesome thing to have on your list! I want to go to Italy and see the village where my grandparents are from. Yes, the lists are long, but we can get to the bottom of them. it’s what makes life interesting. Thank you, for sharing!

  2. Trips: I have family in Australia that has been on my case for 20+ years to make that journey. Although 22+ hours on a plane one-way holds little intrigue for me, I do hope to honor their wishes in this lifetime. Haven’t been to Italy since ’94, but got there a total of four times prior. Would love to see London, too, Greece and Croatia.

    Working my way in the direction of a speaker business. I am a notoriously slow Taurus who gets in my own way. And I have at least three stories I’d eventually like to stamp with “The End.”

    Learn American Sign language. I think it’s awesome.

    Let’s wish ourselves luck, ladies!

    1. All awesome things to accomplish! Get on that plane to Australia. I think I’d like to go there too. Greece was on my list for a while, but I took it off. I think I’d like to see Switzerland and the Coffee King is dying to go to Israel. Not my first choice, but I’m sure some day, when the world is a safer place, he’ll talk me into it. Boy, I could go on and on. I just thought of a whole bunch of yoga poses I want to be able to do. I love the bucket list!

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