Sunday, July 15, 2012

#26: Make a Bucket List

Last weekend, I went to the Calgary Stampede. Though I never fantasized about attending, or even though about planning a trip just to attend, an opportunity presented itself because it was on my friend's Bucket List. While we were away, we got to talking about Bucket Lists, and his in particular. This friend's list consisted of St. Patrick's Day in Dublin, World Cup in South Africa, Mardi Gras in New Orleans (completed), World Cup in Brazil, Red Light District in Amsterdam and Roskilde in Denmark (incomplete). Though it's something I've always kept in the back of my mind, hearing about his list forced me to think about what would make up my own.

My 100 Resolutions is a kind of Bucket List, and in fact, many of the items are things that I always wanted to do but didn't prioritize before my diagnosis (#4 and #5).  After this discussion, however, I realized my Bucket List would look a lot different than my friend's. Places or events wouldn't make it. Travelling is something I see as a luxury rather than a necessity, and I doubt I'd find myself on my deathbed regretting not having seen Easter Island or the Eiffel Tower. There's only one thing I might regret, which made me realize my Bucket List consists of only one item. Here it is:

Spend time with and be kind to the people you love the most. 

That's it. That is the one and only thing I can foresee myself wishing I had done more of when looking back on my life. (This is also peppered throughout my Resolutions, #89, #64, #82 for example) And, that's why I had a ton of fun at the Stampede. I got to hang out with, bond, celebrate and enjoy the friends that everyday life just doesn't afford enough time with. Without any more travel plans for the rest of the summer, that's how I plan to fill up my weekends. Starting today, I'm prioritizing quality time with my peeps.

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