Fall always puts me in a whimsical mood. It’s the breathtaking, fleeting calm before the storm of winter, and it makes me feel as though if I can wish it, it can happen. So as I sit looking over my city bursting with vibrant golds and reds on this Sunday afternoon, I started daydreaming up a bucket list. In no particular order:
1. Learn to play guitar. The inevitable boredom that winter brings just might push me to get on Youtube and learn a few chords.
2. Visit Ireland again, for a lot longer. I was recently blessed to be in a dear friend’s wedding in Rostrevor, N. Ireland, but was there for a mere 5 days.
3. Visit the Italian Riviera again. Swimming in the Mediterranean was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life.
4. And speaking of swimming, Swim with a whale. Only hitch: I’m fairly terrified of being in water that is much over my head. This is the downside of living in a landlocked, semi-arid state where the high mountain lakes are seldom warm enough for swimming.
5. See Victoria Falls. http://www.zambiatourism.com/travel/places/victoria.htm
6. Ride an elephant. They’re my favorite animals, and if it were possible I would have one as a pet.
7. Learn a few more languages. I speak Spanish about as well as 4-year-old because I’m lazy and don’t use it anymore, and I picked up a bit of Italian while I was there. The next logical languages, since I’m hoping to live in Africa for a while, are French and Arabic. Xhosa probably makes the list, too.
8. Run a half-marathon. Lauren, my roommate, is trying to convince me to shoot for a full, but I’d be more apt to do a triathalon. Only problem: I’m not a huge fan of long swims (land-locked state, remember?), running, or bicycling long distances. Sigh.
9. Learn how to cook brown rice. I always follow the instructions, and it’s always either too dry or too mushy.
10. Pray habitually, without consciously doing it. Better yet, pray more than I talk, and spend more time listening to the Lord more than talking at him.
11. Change the world. No big deal. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
12. Worship with other Christians in a closed country.
13. Own a blue Great Dane. My other roommate, Eli (http://mmm-betty.blogspot.com/), has a precious Shetland Sheepdog named Sophie, but it’s not quite the same.
14. Hike across the Grand Canyon. At the very least, I want to see it again. I was only 9 when I saw it and didn’t appreciate it nearly enough.
15. Become a skilled photographer.
16. While we’re on the subject, Develop my artistic side. I would love to write poetry, stories, draw, paint, sing, play music, etc. worth a damn.
17. Not worry about trivial things.
18. Learn a cool party trick. Cutting the neck off a bottle of champagne, cracking a safe, or any sort of magic trick (pardon me, Arrested Development fans: “Illusions, Michael!”) would suffice.
19. Learn to live on next to no money. Money is so constraining; if I could be content, thrifty, and creative enough it wouldn’t be nearly as inhibiting.
20. Walk on a glacier. I need to make a trip up to GNP this spring (http://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm).
21. Pet a wild animal. Squirrels don’t count. A deer, elephant, giraffe, or manatee would acceptable, but an okapi would be optimal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okapi).
22. Become an accomplished ballroom dancer. I took a class a few years ago and loved every second of it. Tango is my favorite, although waltzing is pretty fantastic, too.
23. Consistently put others first out of genuine, selfless love. I want to love others like Jesus loves me.
24. See Oklahoma!, The Newsies, Wicked, or Les Miserables on Broadway.
25. Go white-water rafting.
26. Be obedient the Holy Spirit all the time. I want to be radical. I want to use the gifts he’s given me boldly and unashamedly. God has given me everything; obedience is the only logical response.
27. Learn to sew. All the cool indie-hipsters are doing it.
28. See some more miracles. That’s right, I said ‘some more.’
29. Visit Australia and New Zealand.
30. Live fearlessly. I have for moments, even for days, but I want to always.
This ends my list for now, though it’s far from complete. Lauren is watching an incredibly confusing movie and I’m getting sucked in. Making it to an even 30 took a while because it’s so engrossing.
Snatch. Not even once.