I was incredibly inspired this morning, reading Karen Walrand’s post on her blog Chookooloonks, in which she outlined “100+ Things I’d Like to Do Before I Go”. She made reference to Might Girl, Maggie Mason, who, about a year ago, had come up with something she called her “Mighty Life List: 100 Things to Do Before I Go,” listing all the things she’d like to accomplish in her life. Maggie encouraged Karen to come up with a list of her own, saying that, for her, the processes had been transformative, even life changing.
As I read through Karen’s list of “things”, places she’d like to go, goals she’d like to achieve, I was struck by how incredibly individual a list like this is. Would I want to kiss the Blarney Stone? Maybe. Sing Blues in a bar? NO way – and it’s likely best if I refrain from anything involving singing.
When John and I were first married, (14 years ago this summer – yikes!) we each made a list of things we wanted to accomplish. I came across the lists about 4 years ago while sorting through piles of papers in preparation for the move to our current home. I recall having listed learn to play cello, go to Hawaii, run a marathon… all things that would likely make the list today. Except for marathon. I love racing the half marathon but I can say with confidence that I’m not sure my body would survive a full marathon!
As I started my own list of “100 Things”, my mind began to wander and I found myself thinking about things I wanted to do now. Soon. Things that deserved to be on a shorter list, things that were possible to accomplish in a few years rather than sometime during the rest of my many many years left here on Earth. I turned my attention to creating a “40 Before 40” list…. And as we all know, nothing so simple can be that simple for moi… I started to wonder if a “40 Before 40” list would be as transformative as “100 Things To Do Before I Go”? Yes friends, I am just that anal…. must transform. must do it “right”. must be perfect. Sheesh, for a joker I sure do take an awful lot of fun stuff way too seriously! UGH!!!
I’m so used to own stupid mind clutter that I forced myself to step away. I went back to Chookooloonks and read through the rest of Karen’s list. At the end of her post she writes, “I think Maggie’s right — we should all have a life list, no matter how long or short. I mean, even if we don’t accomplish everything on our lists, just by attempting some, our lives are bound to get a little more interesting, right?“
There it is. Make a list. There is no perfect and there is no right or wrong in this exercise – just get it down and see what it tells you and what great things it can inspire. I can’t wait to see what is on your list….