I find myself in a ‘what is my greater purpose?’ sort of funk (see page 8). And I recently watched The Bucket List. So, thanks to the inspiration of Cartoons and Creative Writing, I’m drafting my own. Bucket list that is, but I’m going to call it my Life List because several things last longer than a one time experience.
1. Visit all seven continents in a meaningful way (ie more than just one city for one conference like I did for South America).
2. Write something worth sharing with the world, and maybe get it published.
3. Raise chickens or ducks. And bees.
4. Eat locally for a year, a la The 100 Mile Diet. Afterward, continue the practice as much as possible.
5. Live in a spiritual community (like Plum Village) for a time. Discover practices that I can bring back to my daily life.
6. See the Northern Lights.
7. Never own a car.
8. Go winter camping.
9. Hike the Appalachian Trail.
10. Bike the Mississippi River Trail.
11. Learn a craft like wood or metal working, and create something beautiful and useful to pass on to the next generation.
12. Find a mentor. And eventually, be a mentor.
13. Live off the grid, whether it is by building a generator to produce my own power in the city or by eventually living in a rural community that creates its own power.
14. Figure out what kind of diet makes me feel good (ie not eating dairy and/or gluten, more greens, less caffeine, etc), and actually follow it.
15. Write a letter a week to a friend, relative, or person I admire.
16. Climb a mountain. A big one, like Kilimanjaro or K2.
17. Love deeply and unreservedly.