It’s January 12, and if you’re like me, you’ve already broken 87.4 percent of your New Year’s resolutions. But what about your bucket list? The thing I love about bucket lists is that you have a lifetime to achieve the items on that list. And while, in the back of our minds, we might realize that some of the things on our list are unattainable, still just having them on our list means fun times of dreaming and exploring new possibilities for our lives.
Here are a few things on my bucket list.
• I’ve never been to Europe. In fact, I haven’t traveled much at all outside the U.S., except for a cruise to Jamaica and Grand Cayman, and a quick jaunt over the border of Mexico on a trip to California. Since we have a son who lives in Berlin, I’m almost desperate to get over there to visit him. But financially, it just hasn’t been a possibility. One of my goals for when/if I ever do get to travel to Europe, is to stand in front of this house in York, England, where my great-great grandparents lived. Our family has photos of my grandfather and uncle standing there in the 1970s, my mom there a couple of decades later, and my sister and brother standing there about 5 years ago.
• Ken and I have been dreaming lately about living in a loft apartment overlooking the Mississippi River in Cape Girardeau near where both of our daughters live. Cape Girardeau is a town with such personality! After visiting there dozens of times over the years while our daughters attended college there (they both married men they met at Southeast Missouri State, and are now settled nearby with their husbands) I chose to set my Chicory Inn Novels series there. Of course, my real motivation to live there is three little grandsons. These are the views we’d have if we lived on the riverfront, and our dream loft below.
• I left college to marry my husband, and soon after, we moved to New York where we lived for almost two years. I spent quite a few years regretting that I never got my degree. Then I discovered that a college degree wasn’t necessary to do what I’d always dreamed of doing for a living—write novels. Still, I always loved school, and if someday I could go back and get a degree, I know I’d enjoy every minute. I think it’s kind of cool that nearly every penny I’ve earned from my novels has gone to put our children through school, and as of a year ago last December, all four of our kids have their degrees.
And oh, joy! For the last two weeks, I’ve been doing what I always thought I’d need a degree to do: teaching a college inter-term course on Writing Women’s Fiction at Taylor University in Indiana. I’m having a blast! Sometimes bucket list wishes take an unexpected twist and get fulfilled in ways you never expected.
What’s on your bucket list? Have you gotten to check some things off? How has your list changed over the years?