I watched a movie not too long ago, that despite its dreary topic of death was an entertaining movie that really made my brain work. “The Bucket List” was a great movie. I laughed, I cried, and yes- it made me want to kick something. What I didn’t know when I was watching this movie was that I would shortly be placed in a position to ponder what the hell I’d want to do before I died.
Earlier this year, I became very ill (more info about my medical issues are found in my about me page, as well as my medical info and links page). In the beginning I was so incredibly sick that the doctors prepared me to receive some bad news. This bad news would come in the form of test results that I would ultimately have to wait about about a month to receive. In that month’s time, I sat and reflected on what it was I would regret not doing if I were to die. Keep in mind, I have three kids and bills. I created this mental bucket list of things I had to do, all of which I wanted to conquer before receiving my results.
A couple of these things were of up-most importance and I did them, but I still carry the rest of this mental list with me and hope to be able to accomplish everything. Although my results were better than expected, I am still a chronically ill person with an unpredictable medical future. I do not want to leave this world with regrets. I wanted to share by bucket list and encourage everyone to make one. I will update it as I go along.
- take my family to an Angels game – One of the first things I did. We are a baseball family and my boys absolutely love the Angels. I wanted to make sure that my family was able to experience their first Angels game together, a memory I hope that lasts with them.
- take my kids to the beach – sounds simple to most, I’m sure, but we moved away from the beach years ago. My kids have been wanting to go back to spend the day at the beach and we hadn’t been able to. I wanted to make sure I was able to give that to them.
- take my daughter to a Las Vegas show – I took my daughter to see Phantom of the Opera, just her and I. Its hard to find the one on one time that kids need and this was a great way to do it. We had so much fun.
- take my son (16) to a Las Vegas show
take my son (11) to a Las Vegas showI took my youngest to see the JABBAWOCKEEZ at the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino after the hubby won a pair of tickets to the show through Twitter create a journal of thoughts to my kids, for my kids to have once I’m gone. They need to know how much they were loved.– just did my first entry and am happy to finally have my ass in gear and doing this
- write out my story – so at least one person may understand why I came to be me, why I parented the way that I did, and hopefully it may give one person out there the strength they need to make it through the day – in progress
- go on a cruise with my husband – he’s been wanting to go for years
- take pictures with my kids – I have always hated having my picture taken and always was the one taking the pictures. I realized while looking through family albums that I didn’t have any pictures of me with the kids. How sad for them to have no pictures with their mother to remember her by. I changed that right away!
- travel somewhere that requires a passport – I don’t care where just as long as I can travel.
- spend the rest of my time deeply in love with a man I couldn’t imagine my life without – in progress
- spend the night in a haunted house or hotel
- make love in the rain
- take my kids on an airplane
- See all three kids graduate high school