So many of us have made lists of things we hope to accomplish in life. I have a daily to-do list that is constantly being updated and modified. I make lists for groceries, chores, goals and for pretty much anything you could think of. I also have a longstanding list that I started over 10 years ago. My dynamic list have gotten longer as my interest grew and have gotten shorter as I’ve accomplished some things and lost interest in others. I’ve noticed that as I became older, the things that I really want to accomplish in life cannot be captured in a list. My desire is to impact lives; encourage, inspire and offer hope. Those are the ‘real’ goals that I’m working on.
The list below is a compilation of things I started to write down when I graduated from Chiropractic school over 10 years ago. After recently revisiting my list, I was overcome with gratitude because God has already blessed me with what I believe to be the most important things. Everything else is just icing on the cake. Whatever I don’t accomplish by age 40, if I’m alive and able to, I’ll just change the name to 45 B4 45 and keep going. And because I’m a list writer, eventually, I may start a whole new list. More important than anything on this list is my personal relationship with God. There are also a couple of private petitions between me and God not listed here. (*While I’ve had a list for many years, I never imagined sharing it. I saw a few blogs with a published list, but it wasn’t until February when Nellie from Brooklyn Active Mama shared her’s than I considered sharing mine…*edited). I decided to publish my list as a challenge and motivation to see if I can actually cross off a few more things before turning 40.
Own my own business Vacation in Hawaii
- Learn to swim – registered for swim lessons this summer at the local YMCA. Yay me!
- Complete a Triathlon – once I get the swimming down, I’ll be well on my way
- Take piano lessons again- (In high school I knew how to play and read sheet music thanks to the best Chorus teacher in the world (Mrs. Mae Jenkins). Didn’t use it and I totally lost it *sighs*
Visit the Vatican in Rome, Italy Get married – Have Children –God blessed me with two beautiful kids Give birth un-medicated Run a half marathon:I’ve done 3 and have 3 more schedule Run a marathon –done and have no desire to run another 26.2 miles straight Visit London (Buckingham Palace, Changing of the guards)
- Participate in a White House tour
See the President in Person:Crossing this off. I saw and heard President Obama speak as a Senator (not sure if it counts, but didn’t get to see Clinton or Bush, so I’ll take it )
- Start a charity to help children in need and help combat adult illiteracy
Buy a home Do a radio show
- Learn to flip houses for a profit
Visit Switzerland and ascend the Swiss Alps Lose 20 lbs
- Write a book -Gah! Working on this. May start with an e-book first.
- Take a photography class to improve on my hobby
Have a sit down interview with my mother –thankfully I was able to interview her before she passed
- Have a sit down interview with my father – sadly never got to do a formal interview before he passed. Can’t cross it off. I guess I’ll remove it from my next list
Raise thousands of $ for a charity:Raised $3000 for the American Heart Association
- Go skiing
Learn sign language:I’m a bit rusty now Minister the Word a congregation:I’ve taught Sunday School for many years and often use my health speaking engagements to share the love of Christ. Go scuba diving:Actually lost the desire to do. Went snorkeling instead Ride in a helicopter:- Got a chance to view many of the volcanos is Hawaii Give a generous anonymous monetary donation to someone in need-done several times in the past Pay for a random stranger’s food in the drive through– The first time I did it, I was so nervous and giddy.
- Do something big and challenging right now I’m registered for the Ragnar Relays. I’m going to consider this my challenge if I’m able to complete it
- Learn to type – I’m actually a little embarrassed to include this one, but I’m a pretty fast pecker
Start a blog
- Attend a blogging conference – holding out for a local one (within driving distance)
Go sky diving or bungee jumping– COMPLETELY lost the desire to do after I had children Grow my natural hair– contemplated for 2 years before I actually did it. Been natural for two years now
- Start a second, profitable business
- Visit Jerusalem
Do you write to-do lists? Do you actually stick to them? Do you have a standing “bucket” list of things you’d like to accomplish in life?