I’m not sure about you, but when I think of ‘bucket list’ items large scale feats is what comes to mind. Hangliding, climbing Mt. Everest, visiting a foreign nation– those are examples of what I think of when the topic comes up.
Well, call me an underachiever, but I wanted to create a bucket list that was within my reach for 2019. And so I did:
Item #1– Write a book. Now, I didn’t say ‘publish’.. so this is WAY doable. I currently have a couple projects early in the works and I’m not sure which one I’ll finish, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that I follow it through to the end. And who knows, maybe I’ll even self publish– ya never know!
Item #2– Run 5K. The whole time. I’ve wanted to be able to do this since I started running early mornings in 2017. This kind of goes along with my goal of pushing myself more when working out. Running is SUCH a mind game and I need to strengthen my brain/mindset as well as my body. THIS is doable!
Item #3– Go to the Dharma Temple. I learned about this temple while at the Refuge Recovery meeting last summer. It’s called Dharma Gate Zen Center and its in Troy, MI (about 20 miles away). There’s a class January 19th that’s an intro to Buddhism, Zen and Meditation. It’s 3 hours long, but I think I’m going to go to that. If not, there’s weekend services or Refuge Recovery meetings there that I might attend. I put this on my list because I’ve been putting off but really wanted to make it a priority.
Item #4– Sing a duet with hubby. We both have a fond memory from early on in our dating days. We were driving home from up north late at night and playing my Monkees cassette tape. We sang the WHOLE way home. For some dumb reason, since then, I physically CANNOT sing in front of him. He reminds me of this memory of singing all the way home every so often- always with happiness. During the Christmas season, he always wants me to sing “Baby it’s Cold Outside” with him. He actually asks me to sing with him quite a bit and I don’t know why but I just can’t. So I told him to start thinking of a duet because I plan to cross this baby off real quick!
Item #5– Finish the steps. Ok, well, you never really ‘finish’ them– you keep applying them to your life, but I do want to get through all 12 this year.
Part of me wanted to include X amount of sober days, or NO drinking alcohol in 2019 but I didn’t feel that was productive. I know in my heart that if I’m drinking, then I’m not going to be in top condition for my morning workouts or working on writing my book, etc. It is physically impossible to live my best life while drinking- but I’m really tired of dwelling on that.
2019 Word- Remarkable
My special meaningful word was extraordinary, but I’m changing it to remarkable. Same meaning, but I like it better. I’ve thought of this word often throughout the past few years. This word comes up in a curriculum I teach and I love the fact that ordinary people can be remarkable in their everyday lives.
I’m still compiling this short list, but one goal I set is for mileage. I want to walk/run at least 10 miles per week. That’s 40 per month and 480 by the year’s end. My year goal is 500 miles.
The other goals that I set will likely be short term goals, but I thought this long term one would be a good start.
Phew! I’m kind of exhausted just thinking of it all. Guess I better get moving