Life List

Lists make me happy.  Checking items off lists makes me positively goofy with joy.  When I came across the ongoing project of blog writer inspirer Maggie Mason called Mighty Life List, I was inspired.  (And partially mortified. What if I don’t check stuff off??!!?!  Do I start NOW, or do I include some very cool stuff that was on the Life List in my head but never formally written down therefore not accountable to anyone but me, and then possibly not as meaningful, but has in fact been accomplished (like the time I rode in a helicopter over the Amazon or met Bill Clinton or attended the NY Film Festival?)?!  Is that Life List CHEATING?  Am I overthinking and therefore procrastinating writing the list and not getting to the business of checking stuff off?  <—- YES.)

Here goes.  (Caveat: I have total power to add or subtract as passions and interests wax and wane.  Goal is to get to 100-ish.)

  1. Write a Life List.
  2. Start a blog.
  3. Speak and write Italian.
  4. Speak and write Spanish.
  5. Learn to French braid my own (and other’s!) hair.
  6. Go to the Oscars. Wear a red dress.
  7. Be the guest of honor at a surprise party.  Be genuinely surprised.
  8. Read books set in all the places I have lived.
  9. Attend the Writer’s Workshop in Iowa.
  10. Go to race car driving school.
  11. Read the classics missing from my repertoire.
  12. Elope or host a surprise wedding.  (This time, with my Person.)
  13. Attend World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Wearing tiny bikini. While samba-ing. Holding a caipirinha. Oops, had hip surgery instead.
  14. Hike in the Swiss Alps, the Dolomites, the Pyrenees.
  15. Achieve total financial security.  (Windfalls count, go lottery!  Huge book deal!)
  16. Attend fashion week in Milan with my mom.
  17. Write a book.  Have it published.
  18. Write a screenplay.  Have it produced.
  19. Testify before Congress in support of the US Public Service Academy.
  20. Be the World’s Greatest Aunt.
  21. Be the World’s Greatest Ex-Stepmother.
  22. Get back in the Christmas Spirit.
  23. Run a half-marathon PR for just under 2 hours.
  24. Live abroad for a year.  Italy will be just fine.
  25. Go to the museums in my city at least 4 times a year.
  26. See Wilco in Chicago.
  27. Take my Dad to Ireland.
  28. Sell my Wedgwood.  Start my collection of Heath. <—– oops, so I went a little backwards!  Got a Heath pitcher at Open Studio weekend!!
  29. Make photo albums.  Maintain them.
  30. Spend a summer driving the USA in an RV.
  31. Get published in Runner’s World Magazine.
  32. Win Carl Kasell’s voice on my voicemail outgoing message.
  33. Do my family tree.
  34. Make an emergency earthquake kit.
  35. Double Dutch jump rope.
  36. Attend White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Wear a red dress to that too.
  37. Dine at Meadowood for a 12 Days of Christmas Dinner.
  38. Re-design and promote ‘sugarleg’
  39. Have a stroll and a street make-out in Paris.
  40. See elephants in Africa. Help make people stop killing them.
  41. Go sailing in the Caribbean.
  42. Build a wardrobe of gorgeous, well-made, perfectly fit clothes and shoes.
  43. Go to a soccer game in every country I visit.
  44. Ballroom dancing. Something Latin.
  45. Learn to shoot a gun well, to more effectively lobby for gun control.
  46. Co-write something with my brother.
  47. Host an all Day of the Dead Halloween party.
  48. Be able to bring my dogs to work.
  49. Learn to surf with chicks.
  50. Take best girlfriends on all expenses paid vacation to…
  51. Meditation. Ommmmm.
  52. Do a back walkover from standing.
  53. Learn a really complicated clap song and teach it to nephew. Do often.
  54. Fall in love.
  55. Watch the entire Criterion Collection of films.
  56. Become a mentor to college bound high-school students.

14 thoughts on “Life List

  1. I love this list. So fun to read. Regarding #27, I took my Dad to Spain about 4 years before he passed away. Those memories are priceless. #31 is easy. Just need to get it on the calendar. And if you need company on #12, #22 or #33, let me know.

    • yes, I actually thought of you and your Dad and the Spain trip. getting TH on a plane may be pretty challenging, but I think it will blow his mind to go to Dublin and see where all his favorite Irish writers haunted the streets.

      #31, cool.

      all the rest, YES, I want to travel with YOU!!

      more to come, I will let you know when I add. xoxo

  2. perfect! Those are amazing ambitions. I just want to get my laundry folded. I am not thinking properly about this life list thing am I- certainly something to think about.

    • oh honey, my laundry has been going from bed to basket to bed to basket since Tuesday. need to get out of that rut! but this is really fun to think deeply about and then allow yourself to put it into a list. also note that there are so far lots of little ones too. do one!

  3. This is fabulous. I love how the items are kind of in lock-step distance to the horizon, if that makes sense. From stuff you could do today to stuff that would take more process, time and luck. Love it! Can’t wait to see the other 66. ;)

    • you should do one too… :-) I like the luck mention too, especially since I subscribe to the notion that luck is when preparation meets opportunity. so I am getting prepared!

  4. Love this list. makes want to create my own…
    I promised my dad a helicopter skiing trip in Canada. and I feel really guilty cause he is too old now… Some thing I will always regret..

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