A Life Lived Fully?

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So I found this meme on Monique’s blog, and since I am such a big fan of lists, I thought I’d share mine with you.

Things you’ve already done: bold
Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven’t done and don’t want to – leave in plain font

1. started your own blog
2. slept under the stars
3. played in a band
4. visited Hawaii
5. watched a meteor shower
6. given more than you can afford to charity
7. been to Disneyworld
8. climbed a mountain
9. held a praying mantis
10. sang a solo
11. bungee jumped
12. visited Paris
13. watched a lightning storm at sea
14. taught yourself an art from scratch
15. adopted a child
16. had food poisoning
17. walked to the top of the statue of liberty [wasn’t an option]
18. grown your own vegetables
19. seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. slept on an overnight train
21. had a pillow fight
22. hitch hiked
23. taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. built a snow fort
25. held a lamb
26. gone skinny dipping
27. run a marathon
28. ridden a gondola in Venice
29. seen a total eclipse
30. watched a sunrise or sunset
31. hit a home run
32. been on a cruise [Eric proposed to me on a cruise]
33. seen Niagara Falls in person
34. visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. seen an Amish community
36. taught yourself a new language
37. had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. seen the leaning tower of Pisa in person
39. gone rock climbing
40. seen Michelangelo’s David in person
41. sung karaoke
42. seen old faithful geyser erupt
43. bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. visited Africa
45. walked on a beach by moonlight
46. been transported in an ambulance
47. had your portrait painted [drawn]
48. gone deep sea fishing
49. seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. been to the top of the Eiffel tower in Paris
51. gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. kissed in the rain
53. played in the mud
54. gone to a drive-in theater
55. been in a movie
56. visited the Great Wall of China
57. started a business
58. taken a martial arts class [I’m an orange belt in Tae Kwon Do – was just about to test for green]
59. visited Russia
60. served at a soup kitchen
61. sold girl scout cookies
62. gone whale watching
63. gotten flowers for no reason
64. donated blood
65. gone sky diving
66. visited a Nazi concentration camp
67. bounced a check
68. flown in a helicopter
69. saved a favorite childhood toy
70. visited the Lincoln memorial
71. eaten caviar
72. pieced a quilt
73. stood in times square
74. toured the Everglades
75. been fired from a job [just laid off]
76. seen the changing of the guard in London
77. broken a bone
78. been on a speeding motorcycle
79. seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. published a book
81. visited the Vatican
82. bought a brand new car
83. walked in Jerusalem
84. had your picture in the newspaper
85. read the entire bible
86. visited the White House
87. killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. had chickenpox
89. saved someone’s life
90. sat on a jury
91. met someone famous [Andy Warhol, Anne Rice, Davy Jones]
92. joined a book club
93. lost a loved one
94. had a baby
95. seen the Alamo in person.
96. taken a road trip
97. been involved in a law suit
98. owned a cell phone
99. been stung by a bee
100. met the love of your life

So, with that in mind, it seems like I’ve done a lot of things, but there’s a lot I want to do. I think the big thing for me is travel. There are so many places I want to go, so many things I want to see. And I think the big thing for me lately (or not so lately), seems to be that I love to set goals and make lists, but when it comes down to it…specifically with two things that I say are really important to me – two things that above all else I want to accomplish, I just can’t seem to do them. You would think (I would think) that if they are that important, I would stop at nothing to get there. That I would move mountains… But, here I am and while I have made some progress, I still feel that ultimately, I am just failing miserably. Something just keeps me stuck. I don’t know if it’s just fear of failure, or if that’s a cop out answer and really it’s just laziness, or lack of willpower, or what. And really, the why doesn’t matter. What matters is that I can accomplish both of these these, I’ve done harder things, so why not these? I’ll throw that out to the Universe and see what comes back.

I am grateful for the experiences I’ve had.

8 thoughts on “A Life Lived Fully?”

  1. What a neat list. That certainly makes you think and brings some interesting thoughts to mind.
    You always have to have a dream. You are young and many of those things you wish for will happen in their own good time. Patience and faith will get you through

  2. What a neat list. That certainly makes you think and brings some interesting thoughts to mind.
    You always have to have a dream. You are young and many of those things you wish for will happen in their own good time. Patience and faith will get you through

  3. Anna van Schurman

    First of all, there’s no such thing as willpower. (I think you’re talking about weight, but if not, ignore me.) I bet if you had to quit something, like smoking, you could do it. Food is complicated because it’s not just about giving it up. It’s harder because we need it to live.

    Also, I know some good places in (PA) Amish country, and would be happy to lead a tour.

  4. Anna van Schurman

    First of all, there’s no such thing as willpower. (I think you’re talking about weight, but if not, ignore me.) I bet if you had to quit something, like smoking, you could do it. Food is complicated because it’s not just about giving it up. It’s harder because we need it to live.

    Also, I know some good places in (PA) Amish country, and would be happy to lead a tour.

  5. That’s a fabulous list – and I’m amazed how many of them that I have done, considering that I live in Australia and have only ever been to LAX in the US. Good on you for ever item you have done on that list!

  6. That’s a fabulous list – and I’m amazed how many of them that I have done, considering that I live in Australia and have only ever been to LAX in the US. Good on you for ever item you have done on that list!

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