So I was thinking — instead of writing a list of 50 things I want to do by 50 (or 60 things I want to do by 60 or whatever) I’m just going to admit to myself that by the time I actually get around to writing a list I’ll be looking at 90 things I want to do by 90 (what can I say, I tend to procrastinate).
Instead of writing what I plan to do, I’ll write what I have accomplished.
And here we have it, 50 (or so) things I accomplished before I was 50, in absolutely no particular order. Some are bunched together because they were about the same time, others might be decades apart but about the same geographic area.
- Saw the lovely city of Chicago from the top of the Sears Tower the tallest building in the country.
- Saw this painting at a museum in the Netherlands. I absolutely fell in LOVE with the study for this painting, (I find it totally “uplifting” and needed to see the full size painting in person.
- Most people, when they this of Seurat, think of this painting, and I have been lucky enough to live near Chicago’s Art Institute and have seen this many times (and each time I notice something different).
- Survived a lightening strike. OKAY – so technically I wasn’t home at the time that my house was hit, but when I was a little girl one of my biggest fears was that my house would get hit by lightening and burn. I do consider it a significant event of my life.
- Learned self defense — this was a great class that a couple I knew talked me into taking. I took the class with one of the ladies (I think the other lady already knew self defense) but I’m really glad that I took it. Of course, the impetus for taking a self defense class was the fact that I
- Survived being attacked in my home. And let me say this — while I didn’t have it at the time, I think that enhanced 911 is one of the greatest inventions in the world. If I’d had it I might never have
- Had a broken bone (nose).
- Given birth (anyone that’s done it knows what an accomplishment that is)
- Adopted a child
- Breastfed a child (hey — only 1/2 of the population is even CAPABLE of doing that).
- Helped other moms breastfed their children (for a while ‘back in the day’ I was a La Leche League leader) I like to think I might have made a difference in the life of one or more children.
- Gotten married
- Gotten divorced (and married again)
- Saved someone’s eyesight.
- Seen bling at the Smithsonian.
- Been to the Grand Canyon.
- Eaten at Emerils.
- Seen the sunrise over the Atlantic.
- Seen whales in their natural habitat. (I’ve also seen them at the aquarium – but I don’t count that)
- Seen Stonehedge
- Seen the changing of the guard at Buckingham. (What I mostly remember is a LOT of camcorders.)
- Been on a tour of the Waterford factory. (That’s just some generic guy from the website — at the time I didn’t have a digital camera.
- Been on a tour of the Jack Daniels factory.
- Been on a tour of the Annehauser Busch factors – and met the pretty ponies (though not the same ones seen playing football during the Stupid Bowl commercials).
- Been parasailing.
- Seen giant pandas
- Toured our nation’s capital.
- Seen Niagra falls.
- Climbed Diamond Head
- Seen Yosemite
- Played darts (even won a couple of trophies — so remember this, I have awards for accurate throwing of sharp objects)
- Danced on an Interstate. We were driving in Pennsylvania and something happened that made the road close (I can’t remember exactly what). I figured we weren’t going anyway so I made Matthew get out and we danced around on the highway — cause then we could say we did.
- Visited Yorkshire – to see Herriot’s stomping grounds.
- Learned to drive a stick shift car (okay — when I learned to drive I learned on a manual transmission – not that it was in the days before automatic transmissions – I’m not that eld) (actually one of our cars is still a standard transmission).
- Been to four major league ball parks (Busch in St. Louis, Fenway in Boston, Comiskey in Chicago — HEY if I go to a Sox game in the Cell would that count as 5??, and, of course, the friendly confines — “back in the day” Friday was “ladies day” and females could get in for $1 — I remember pretending that I didn’t know how to keep a scorecard – a great way to flirt.)
- Walked 30 miles in one day (okay I was a bit younger then).
- Learned rock climbing (afterwards decided it was difficult and dangerous and me, native Illinoisian, would much rather keep to flat ground – but I learned it).
- I’ve been to Chinatown in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco.
- I’ve “oopa”ed in Chicago’s Greektown.
- I’ve hugged Mickey Mouse
- I’ve dined with Princesses
- That photo reminds me I’ve done a might good job of doing tie-dye
- I learned to play bridge (I’ve completely forgotten – but I knew at one point in time)
- I’m semi competent at basic car maintenance (I can change a tire and jump a battery
if Spouse doesn’t decide to “help” me “clean out the car” by removing the jumper cables).
- Seen the complete works of Shakespeare (abridged — hey I’m in the mid 40s here and I’m really searching for stuff)
- I have an AUTOGRAPHED copy of one of the Harry Potter books. I got it when J.K. Rowling was in my town back in 1999 (when Prisoner was first released). I got to spend the day with me (then 9 year old) niece#3, and 7,000 of her closest friends.
NOW — it’s 11 at night and I’m taking my two kids (and niece #4) camping this weekend (withOUT spouse) and I’m tired so
I challenge YOU, dear readers (that know me) to come up with four more things that I’ve done.
So — while I may never have swam with dolphins or climbed Mount Everset or seen the northern lights or been arrested — at least I did a few things before becoming worm food. All in all, if I drop dead tomorrow I hope they’ll say I had a good run.