On big numbers and “bucket lists”

Y’know, I’ve kind of resisted the term “bucket list” since the movie came out, and everyone started talking about having one. And not just in terms of “things to do before I die,” which is, pretty much, the definition of the term. Suddenly, everyone had a “summer bucket list” or whatever. But, I digress…

Anyway, this year, I turn a big number. A big, scary number. (I was born in 1974–you do the math.) And while I’ve had a couple of setbacks, career-wise, I can’t really complain too much. The past decade has been really good to me. Last year, in particular, I took on some things that were a pretty big deal to me personally. I performed in a concert! On a stage! In front of people! I started learning how to play the ukulele. (still a work-in-progress, but I’m continuing to plug away!) I decided I was tired of waiting for someone else to create a local alumnae organization of my sorority and took it upon myself (with the help of my awesome and dedicated friends) to get it going. I wrote two songs. (Okay, co-wrote, and they were parodies, but still!) I also celebrated 5 years of marriage to an amazing man.

Looking ahead to this year, I’m finally going to take that ASL class like I’ve been talking about for ages. I’ve got some other song ideas that I want to work on. I’d like to get myself writing regularly again. I want to get back to yoga, too. And then there are some other things, some big things, that don’t necessarily need to happen this year or before the BIG NUMBER, but they are things I would like to do/see/experience at some point. So, here they are:

  1. Go to a Disney park (never been…bonus, go to a Disney park WITH SEANAN!)
  2. See the Northern Lights
  3. (this one has a huge question mark after it…) Get a Ph.D. (???? I think about it, but I’m not sure if I really want to do it. I’m not sure if it would be worth it…)
  4. See a show on Broadway. (I’ve seen lots of Broadway shows, but none of them on Broadway.)

I thought I had more things for this list, but that’s all that’s coming to mind at the moment…I reserve the right to add items as necessary. ;)

At any rate, happy 2014 to you, and please share what big (or small) things are on YOUR lists!

 

4 thoughts on “On big numbers and “bucket lists”

  1. Hi, Erin! Good to see you here again! I’m back to blogging myself (the fun blog is at http://www.daisysmileyface.com). I missed it!

    Congrats on making your list-which-shant-be-called-that-name-that-everybody-calls-it. :-) I, too, think about higher education and still am not sure. But I can totally whole-heartedly recommend a Broadway show on Broadway. You will not regret it. It’s AMAZING! And congrats on performing on stage! Go you!

    I’m going to write more, finish my book (I am! I am!), and I’m thinking of trying stand-up because, you know, as a writer I simply don’t get enough rejection. :-)

  2. Hi Tara! Thanks for commenting, and for sharing your “fun” blog. I’m really wanting to try to post at least somewhat regularly again. ;)

  3. That big scary number is coming up for me. I was born in 1976. I have a long list of things I’ve been working on for a few years. Unless I hit the lottery some of the bigger ones like go to Japan might not happen. But maybe I can work in those Northern Lights (also on my list).

  4. You better call me when you are ready to book that Disney trip! Actually, I keep thinking that a girls weekend for the Food & Wine Festival at EPCOT would be awesome!

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