Do you have a “bucket list”? You know, that list of things that you want to do before you kick the bucket. They might be simple or very difficult, but these are the things that you figure, “if I’m going to spend a lifetime on this Earth, I’d darned sure better….”
In my head, I have always kind of had a list of adventures that I’d like to have, but it never really struck me to put them on paper. The more I thought about it, though, the more I realize that I’ve been pretty lucky. Most of the items that one would typically think about putting down on a bucket list, I’ve already accomplished. Learn a foreign language? Check. Jump out of an airplane? Check. Travel to another country? Check eight times! Visit the Holy Land? Check. The easy stuff to think about, the thrilling, adventurous stuff, I have already been fortunate enough to complete. At some point, I really have to start stretching to find those things that matter most in life and to add them to my list.
Sure, I still have adventurous goals. I have run a half-marathon, but I really want to complete the full 26.2-mile marathon course. I’ve traveled plenty, but would love to visit the Far East or eat my way across Italy. More and more, however, my goals are becoming less adventurous and more about stability and relationships. I want to walk my daughter down the aisle, pay off the mortgage, and earn a Ph.D.
Most importantly, though, the top items on my list are activities and adventures that my wife and I can accomplish together. I could drive across the U.S., but without her along for the ride, what would be the point? I could see a Broadway show alone, but a pair of tickets would be so much better. I could see the pyramids by myself, but who would take my picture?
So Beth and I are building a bucket list together. It’s full of those things that we couldn’t see doing without one another. Individually, each item on the list may not be a dream for us both, but collectively, we have built a list that will bring us together and help us each grow as people and as a couple.
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