The List

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There was recently an article in the New York Times on making life lists, a list of things you want to accomplish in your life before you die. I think it probably all started with the book, A Thousand Things To See Before You Die. The article said that many people have a real feeling of accomplishment as they check things off of their list. There is also a movie coming out about two men with cancer who are trying to get everything done that they have ever wanted to do before the end.

I never had a list. I had some things in my life that I wanted to accomplish, rather vaguely.
I wanted to get married-check
I wanted to have children-check
I wanted to be a nurse-check. I never enjoyed working as a nurse but I did it.
I wanted to be divorced-check. Wait, that wasn’t my plan.
I wanted to live in Mexico-check. Wait, I never did and here I am living in France.

So, I got to thinking what would I put on my list? What do I want to do before I die? All I can think of are places I want to see, countries or regions I want to visit that I haven’t been to yet. What does that tell you about me? I know I’m not alone in this and that many people want to travel and see the world. I’d also like the have a house in the States so I could see my family more but this will depend on my winning the lottery. I’d like to publish a book-doesn’t every one?

I don’t want to jump out of an airplane, bungie jump, eat strange things, or have a new occupation.

I want to enjoy life, enjoy each day and try to live in the moment. As you get older, and boy am I getting older, simple things become a pleasure. I try to go out every day and look at the sun set. That is something that doesn’t require money, just a little time to be set aside, and my soul is refreshed.

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He doesn’t have a list and I have to say he looks very content.

10 thoughts to “The List”

  1. “Man, unlike the animals, has never learned that the sole purpose of life is to enjoy it.”
    Ò€” Samuel Butler

    Count your blessings, Linda πŸ˜‰

  2. This is really interesting, actually. I’d love to travel more and step foot on the African continent, finally…without somehow becoming ensnared in some sort of military coup.

    Marry again…I think so. Not sure about children. Get my MFA. Be my own boss again.

    Gosh, I never really thought about this before…

  3. I used to make lists. I lost them. Now I dont bother.

    I like your cat; he looks very comfortable πŸ™‚

  4. Well, here’s another view. I used to plan and keep lists of everything worth doing in priority order. Experience gradually taught me I was making my life a bit boring and limited. Because, although it’s important to celebrate the milestones and note special occasions with those you love, it can also be eye-opening to just see what comes along — if your inmagination is open to the occasion. It’s quite often something you’d never have listed and wouldn’t have dreamed possible.

  5. I find that I have trouble commenting here — it loses my entry.
    I’ll try again.
    Love this post! I made a master list of things I needed last year and was really surprised at how often I was able to cross something off — not due to finding the money (as I expected) but to having some unknown resource revealed to me. Pretty interesting!

  6. I can really relate to that sunset thing. Just look at my blog.

    A few years ago, thinking about work, I realized I had accomplished every goal I had ever set for myself. Ok, I admit that my goals were not that ambitious.

    Now I don’t need a list. If I had one, I’d have to change it just about every day.

  7. Lists are good for some things in life, shopping etc but I don’t like the sound of ‘list of things to do before I die’, what happens when you come to the end and complete everything……………….??????? I am not going to say it!!!!!

  8. I don’t have lists either but I guess I want to experience as many places, cultures and cuisines as I can while I’m able. I want to experience the as many of the fun things in life and leave something behind me that matters. Simple really! πŸ™‚

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