Who am I? I am a Wife, a Step-Mother, a Mimi, a Daughter, a Sister, a Sister-In-Law, a Niece, a Cousin, a Friend, a Christian and a Person Living with Multiple Sclerosis. I am many things to many people - beautiful people who I cherish. I love deeply and unconditionally and believe kindness and common courtesy are not difficult. Don't get me wrong, this world is not perfect and neither am I but I believe in prayer and in taking it one day at a time.
Yesterday's post got me thinking about bucket lists and the hopes and dreams I've had over time.
Some are reasonable; some probably not so much.
A couple simply aren't happening.
Even so, they have been and are mine to reflect on and strive for.
So here goes, in no particular order (other than the first four)...
My Bucket List now and from days gone past...
**Completed items in bold.
Marry my soul mate & the love of my life.
Travel to Italy.
Live at the beach.
Tour the US east coast by car. Visit New York City.
Own & operate a Bed & Breakfast.
Ride in a hot air balloon. Take my parents on a trip they'll love.
Be the best Mimi there can be. Live in a great apartment.
Travel to all 50 United States. Visit the wine country.
Become a gourmet cook. Snorkel.
Own our dream home.
See the Vatican.
See a game at Fenway Park. Remodel and design our house to fit us just right. See a broadway show.
Expose the young people in my life to as much travel, culture and diversity as I can.
Be a prayer warrior.
Own a convertible. Visit San Francisco.
Obtain and maintain a healthy weight.
Have a tree house. Ride through Central Park in a horse drawn carriage. Visit Savannah.
Become a philanthropist. Go sailing.
Swim in a natural body of water complete with water fall. Create a blog. Visit New Orleans. Walk barefoot on the beach.
Be a mentor.
Have a lake house.
Travel to Greece. Own a boat. Plant a tree to celebrate the birth of a child.
Attend the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Create holiday traditions. See the Golden Gate Bridge.
Travel to France.
Hang out with my Mom in Playa.
Travel to Easter Island. Travel to Mexico.
Become proficient at yoga. See the Eagles in concert.
Have a house with a fountain in the back yard.
Attend worship services on a regular basis.
See Barbra Striesand in concert.
Have a Maltese.
Buy myself a Rolex before I'm 40. (I failed at this one!)
Visit the carribean islands (St Croix, St Thomas & St Maarten). Visit Seattle.
Start the business of my dreams and it be successful. See George Strait in concert.
Become proficient at floral design. Be debt free. See KISS in concert.
Learn to speak a 2nd language. Visit Vancouver.
See the French Riviera. Visit Maine.
Fly first class on an international flight. See Springsteen in concert.
Become proficient at furniture refinishing.
See the Amalfi Coast. Visit Boston. Visit the Florida Keys. Spend time in the mountains.
Be a volunteer. Swim with the dolphins.
Knit a scarf. Have a successful career. See a game at Yankee Stadium.
And there it is - as of today.
It and I have changed over the years.
One thing seems constant though; my middle name has always been go-go-go!
There's a great big world out there and I want to see and experience as much of it as I can during my God-given time on this earth.
Do you have a list?
If not, I suggest you make one.
Remembering the things I've checked off and contemplating those that may someday be brings a smile to my heart and reminds me; it's a beautiful life.
The Señor and I visited a nearby Mexican grocery store over the weekend. I absolutely love their produce section. Although I didn't purchase anything exotic I thought the colors of what I did buy were gorgeous when I piled them all together in my fruit bowl.
All that citrus and spice...makes your mouth pucker doesn't it!
I hope you are enjoying the colors of the season as much as I am.