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‘Twas Burns that said of mice and men,
Two hundred years ago
The best-laid schemes gang aft agley, a
Truth so wretch’d, bless’d be
To twist the tack of life we plow!
Truth be told, I don’t have a bucket list. It’s not that I don’t believe in having goals or aspirations or hopes for certain experiences. It’s just that over time (and reinforced by those annoying disruptions and intrusions of “real life”), I’ve learned that life has a way of upsetting “the best laid plans o’ mice and men.” The more detailed the plan, the more likely events conspire to undermine the effort. My mantra, if I have one, is to find ways to adapt, to keep moving and avoid the trap that leads to paralysis when life takes a hard unexpected turn. It’s a difficult trap to avoid for those of us who don’t get along with the idea of “change.”
That said, I’m older now. The proverbial nest is empty (for now), and I find myself thinking about things I’d like to do before I kick that so-called bucket. Really, it’s more about finding things to do that I enjoy, or want to achieve, now that the primary child-rearing years are over. I’m a fairly milquetoast fella, and I lack both the imagination and impulse to climb ridiculously high mountains, jump out of airplanes, or get launched into suborbital trajectories. But there are a few things I’d like to do:
- Write and publish a book
- Take a vacation on train lines throughout the Great Northwest
- Serve/teach in a meaningful Christian ministry
- Experience being a granddad (kind of outside my control, but a wish nonetheless)
- Buy a small cabin on a lake (private dock, canoe, small boat with an outboard)
- Attend the launch of a manned space vehicle (I missed out on a shuttle launch due to mission scrub)
I’m sure I could come up with more, but they’d simply be a list of various trips I want to take, or places I want to see (or see again).
So, if you are willing, indulge me. Forget COVID. Forget the headlines of the day. Cast off things that hinder. What’s on your bucket list? (Just know that if you have good ones, I reserve the right to appropriate them for my own purposes. I’m crowd-sourcing ideas for my own bucket. Hey, I can do that, right?)Published in