Saturday, February 6, 2010

I Want To.....

My friend Angie has this thing for making lists. From what I’ve heard, I think it’s practically an obsession. Me? Not so much. I’m not organized enough to make lists. Not usually anyway.

Lately, I have been putting together a few small lists in my head. Maybe it has something to do with the recent “passing” of my 40th birthday. That’s a pretty big milestone when you think about it, and since that day, I’ve been not only looking back at my life, but forward as well. I’ve been thinking about things I’d like to do at some point in the future. If I don’t get them all done, oh well. It’s not a big deal. It’s just nice to think about going to various places, doing various things. A lot of times, the planning is most of the fun in the first place.

So, today I am posting a list of some things I want to do in the future. You could call it a bucket list, except like I said, if I don’t complete it, it’s not a big deal. These are things I know I won’t be able to do in the next year. I have another list for that; things I want to do in my 40th year. (Angie is currently working on one of things she wants to do before she turns 40, but since that’s come and gone for me, I made an adjustment.)

Here goes:

**Visit Edgar Allan Poe’s Grave: This is something I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid. Actually, I’ve always wanted to visit on his birthday and watch the mysterious visitor who would leave a bottle of cognac and a rose, but alas it appears I have missed that opportunity. The visitor was a no-show this year, and I’m betting the ritual is now over. So, I will have to take my own bottle of cognac and a rose and place them on the grave of the man whose stories opened a huge world of story telling for me.

**Take an Alaskan Cruise: Most of my friends want to go to the Bahamas or some such, but not me. I have always wanted to board a ship for the great tundra of Alaska. I want to see the glaciers and watch the whales come up out of the water so close you feel like you could almost touch them. I want to see what the world looks like when the sun continues to shine at midnight, and the northern lights splash color across a darkened sky. (More than one trip may be called for.)

**Karaoke: OK, this one is probably more doable than most of the others on my list. I thought about putting it on the list of things to do this year, but I just don’t think I’ll get to it that quickly. Lot of stuff going on already, and I really don’t want to feel like I have to rush to complete something. Takes the fun out of it. And karaoke has always looked so absolutely fun to me. (Of course, I may need a drink or two in me to screw up the courage to get up in front of a bunch of strangers and make a total fool out of myself.)

**Take the Hubs to Washington, D.C.: Now this one will kill two birds with one stone. He has never been to D.C., nor has he ever been on a plane. My goal is for us to fly up there, staying somewhere in Virginia maybe to avoid the astronomical hotel prices in the capital. I also want to make this trip while the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. I’ve been there twice and never seen that, and the hubs has said he’d like to see that as well.

There’s more to the list of course. Much, much more. I want to visit California (have a friend there I haven’t seen in about 23 years or so), go on a real live ghost hunt, travel to St. Paul to meet Angie and her family….so much to do. And I do hope I get to do all of it. If not, hey, at least I’ll be able to say I enjoyed the planning.


Vicki Lane said...

Where would we be without lists? My favorite this is to find list I wrote a long tome ago -- and to realize that either I've done or acquired many of the various things and most of the others, I no longer care about.

TK said...

I lives outside of Baltimore and I've done some of the things on your list. All well worth doing!
I have enjoyed my 40s, there is a lot more good than bad about getting to an age where you don't feel the need to compete with everyone. Nice list!
TK's mom

Fin said...

Nice to meet you! I noticed you were following me. Mom is a writer too, well nearly.

Angie said...

I liked your "end of the Line" ditty - I can so relate. Are you near Asheville?

Susan M. Bell said...

Boy, I really got to get back into the blogging thing. So many comments I haven't even read until now. Sorry folks.

Vicki - Yeah, I love those found lists as well. I think it's funny to find ones from when I was a kid and see things like plans to marry some actor, or whomever the current crush was.

TK's mom - Maybe that's why I'm feeling better about my 40s. Don't feel the need to compete. Heck, I sometimes look at those in their late teens and early 20s and just have to smile. If they only knew what's coming around the corner. HA.

Fin - I'm sure you provide lots of fodder for your mom's writing. :-)

Angie - Thanks. I am about an hour or so from Asheville, higher up in the mountains. It's beautiful up here.