Oct 23, 2009

My bucket list...

This photo was taken on the 4th of July from my front yard. What a view!

In 2007, a comedy-drama film came out called
The Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. The two characters met in a cancer ward and after finding out they were terminal, they escaped and set off to do all the things they ever wanted to do before they "kicked the bucket". A funny movie with a message.

I decided to make a bucket list of my own with my top ten items, not in any particular order. Here it is.

1. visit the Holy Land

2. do better at living within our means

3. write and publish a book

4. have a totally organized home, including spare rooms, basement & garage

5. downsize to a smaller, older home with lots of character

6. learn how to use my MacBook to the fullest, before it is obsolete

7. learn something about photography and be decent at it

8. do more pleasure reading while my eyes are still good

9. pray more--worry less

10. create and maintain healthy "margin" in my life

Have you ever given thought to a bucket list? Please share!


elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I've had a recent "season" that has required me to do some thinking along these lines, and you know what? The point that kept coming back around to me was family, family, family, and making sure I instill in them the truth and love of Jesus. Everything else is just filler.

I'm with you on 1,2,3,4,9, 10. Downsizing to a smaller home is out of the question. I have 4 kids, and I need space...

Still holding out for my cabin in the mountains someday.

Thanks for stopping by the blog; you are welcome anytime.


Jacquelyn said...

Elaine, thanks so much for stopping by. If you have the time, you might be interested in reading a recent post of mine. It is about one of those "seasons" like you say, that requires us to think about majoring in the majors. Our two children are grown, each with two of their own now. Now I'm working on instilling the truth and love of Jesus into our four precious "grands". You are so right, everything else is just filler!
check out: http://lifebetweenthebuns.blogspot.com/2009/10/cancer-scare.html

Anonymous said...

I like your list. We downsized a few years back. So much less to clean and take care of! I, too, would like to write a book and have it published. I'm writing one now, but it will be self-published through Blurb. Number 2 is always a factor. Number 4 I haven't been able to do since we moved here last year! As for my own list...I don't know. I saw that movie though.

Deborah Ann said...

Oh, what fun! I'm with you on 1, 3 and 9.


2 moving somewhere warm with lots of palm trees
4 learn Spanish
5 become a missionary (hey, maybe I could go somewhere warm with palm trees for my mission field!)
6 make new friends
7 have more grandbabies (totally out of my control)
8 rub my hubby's big belly more often (he's not home as much as I would like, and yes, I love his belly!)
10 travel around the world, preferably by yacht

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Thank'ee for explaining what a bucket list is! I have heard the term, but never knew (I don't go to movies or have a TV so I get behind on things)...

What a fine list!

I had to laugh at #6 -- ain't that the truth -- techie things get obsolete so quickly!

Rose said...

Lol, wow Jacquelyn, you have some work to do. Get busy!!! I have a list too and I keep deleting things off of it because some of them require way more energy than I have to do them...lol. The Holy Land is one dream I have had for years. I am with you on that one. But if I don't get to go in this lifetime...well I will just go when the Lord returns. I hope you get to do all the things on your list!

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Jacquelyn,
Thank you for stopping by my Christmas blog! I am now a Follower to keep in touch with you. I have two other blogs as well which I hope you will visit. I will be sharing the recipe for Sticky Date Pudding soon. My youngest son goes to university in Toronto and I haven't seen him since last Christmas! So I'm counting the days! Can't wait to give him a big hug!! Have a wonderful weekend.


smiles4u said...

What a great list! I did see that movie and did ponder back then what I would put on a bucket list of my own. Now you have me pondering that. Might have to make a list of my own! Happy weekend!

Rebecca said...

I like your list. A few of "yours" are on "mine". (It IS interesting to me how my list changes from time to time - some things no longer seem important as new ones emerge...)

Jacquelyn said...

Ladies one and all...thank you for these comments! Sorry I couldn't keep up with them and respond individually...but it is an interesting exercise to take a little time to make a list like this. I just kind of wrote my list off the top of my head, and I'm sure, like Rebecca says, that it will change as priorities and circumstances change. I'm a great believer in having dreams...don't you think it is God who actually plants desires in our hearts (when we are walking in fellowship with Him)? Scripture says He gives us the desires of our hearts--I've always interpreted that verse to mean it is HE who actually GIVES us those desires...as part of His will for us. What do you think?