Bucket lists by definition are compilations of things people want to do or accomplish before they “kick the bucket”. Recently, I ran across Lesley Carter’s WordPress blog where she tells of her adventures while accomplishing the goals on her bucket list. A few of the things on her 2013 list include: visit a new country; have an encounter with a new animal; go camping; go to a corn maze; be a motivational speaker at an event and many more.
She lives by the words of Eleanor Roosevelt:
“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.”
I’ve been inspired. Take a few seconds and look it over and I promise you will be inspired too.
While some things on her blog are a little out of my reach right now, many things on this list are completely obtainable. I’ve decided not to make a “bucket list” but a to-do list starting with 10 goals for 2013 to feed my soul. As a mom of three, a full time grad student and an intern, if I can make it happen so can you.
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1. Do a 5k
So, I’m not much for exercise. Well, in fact, I’m kinda lazy, but I hear that exercising is addictive and that once you do it, you feel better and you have more energy overall. One thing that I’ve done in the past is jogging. I enjoyed pushing my body and blocking the burn. The only reason I stopped was because I could only run in the evening or early morning and I couldn’t see very well on the gravel driveway in the dark. I kept turning my ankle. So this year, I will sign my boyfriend (lucky him) and I up for a 5K through www.rungeorgia.com and let this serve as motivation to get active.
Photo Credit: Duane Tate
2. Attend an Atlanta Motor Speedway event
I’ve lived in Henry County for probably 90% of my life, home of the Atlanta Motor Speedway. This being said, I’ve never been to a race event. No NASCAR, no Friday night drag, no car shows. The parties are notorious though. I’d always heard stories of the bad fights and too much alcohol. In fact an old friend of mine has a purple tooth to remember AMS by. It’s time for me to thrift shop for a Budweiser shirt and see what all the fuss is about.
Photo Credit: Guy Frankland
3. Ride a horse
The last time I rode a horse, I was pregnant with my oldest son, had very little experience and thought it’d be a good idea to try bareback. Needless to say, I slid right off. That was 8 years ago and I’ve yet to have gotten back on. Even my children have had the luxury as I’m proud to admit that I am a pretty decent advocate for childhood experience. It’s not that I’m scared, though horses are a bit intimidating, it’s just that I haven’t put in the effort to make it happen. It’s time to get back on… how else will I ever ride off into the sunset?
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4. See a musical
When I was in high school, I didn’t quite fit in. I was interested in art, theater, music and movies, but I didn’t make friends very easily. I took theater anyway thinking that maybe they’d like me. Well, they didn’t. But I fell in love. The logistics of making a play? I loved it all, lighting, sound, set building, costume designing, theater make-up. I’d considered lighting design as a profession when I graduated. I wanted to work for Frost Productions to do lighting for special events. The sad truth is though, that when I graduated, I never set foot in a theater again. I’ve not been to a single play/musical/production in 8 years. I really breaks my heart to say that.
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5. Attend a ballet
A few years ago, I was in an undergraduate class and next to me was a girl wearing flip-flops. Her feet were gnarled and calloused. I thought it was odd and honestly kind of gross that she didn’t cover them up. Then… I found out she was a ballet dancer for the Atlanta Ballet. I looked at her feet as a sign of dedication and talent. It was beautiful. They are her badge of honor which she wears proudly. I want so very badly to see the finished product for such sacrifice and hard work.
Every year, I’ve begged my boyfriend to take me to see the Nutcracker, and every year he’s told me “No thanks.” I don’t care if I have to trade him in for the night. Someone is going to go with me.
Photo Credit: Kate Tomlinson
6. Attend a GSU college football game
This is the first year ever I’ve watched football at all. I watched the Falcons play and win against the Seahawks then I saw them play and lose against the 49ers. I can’t say that I’m 100% all in, but I could sit through a game and get excited about it. Especially after a few drinks. What better team to show my support? None other than my beloved college team. Come August, I’ll be at the Georgia Dome, cheering my Georgia State University Panthers on.
7. Get a massage
Because I need and want one. That is all.
8. Do a costume family photo shoot
The couple above is actually my parents. I adore this picture, and while their’s certainly was not costumed, I have to have a photo as amazing as this one of my own. My boyfriend and I have been wanting to do this for a while. Something completely ridiculous like all of us wearing awesomely 80s attire, or nerding out. Maybe even just really bad Hawaiian shirts and thick cheap sunglasses. Whatever it is, I hope we end up in Awkward Family Photos.
Photo Credit: Mike Rowe
9. Watch Roller Derby Live
I have absolutely no idea why, but Roller Derby fascinates me. Something about the hardcore gritty feel excites me. Atlanta Roller Girls compete in the area at the Yaarab Shrine Center at 400 Ponce De Leon Ave, Midtown Atlanta. To watch one bout is $15 and both bouts, $25. You can read up on the basic roller derby rules here. I’ve never been to a game before, but I know a few girls who play, and I’ll admit it, I wouldn’t want to be on the other team.
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10. Perfect the process of boiled peanuts
I recently discovered the joys of the Dekalb County Farmers Market. The last time I went, I bought raw peanuts and my kids and I attempted to boil them. Okay so I guess we did boil them, however we also forgot about them, and burned them. We were able to salvage some of them which were delicious but I’ll go ahead and tell you – the burnt ones, are NASTY. The recipe to start out with is simple:
1 1/2 quarts uncooked green peanuts
1/2 cup salt
2 1/2 quarts water
1 Wash Peanuts until water runs clear.
2 Place peanuts in crock pot.
3 Add salt and water; stir.
4 Cook, covered, on high for 5 to 7 hours.
5 Add additional water during cooking, if necessary, to keep peanuts covered.
I’ve just got to get the hang of checking on them frequently and adding water when needed. Once I master this, I’d love to experiment with seasoning them.
So this is my to do list for the 2013 year. It’s nothing spectacular, but it’s some recreational obtainable goals to set for myself. Writing it down makes it pretty concrete too. Kind of like I’m writing a contract with myself. Bucketlist.org offers a ton of ideas to put on your own list, as well as the ability to make a free account to document your own adventures or read about others. The point is, to not forget self care and make the time to do things for yourself. All work and no play makes Jane a dull girl.