I’ve been life listing a lot in the last couple of years. Living like I have one foot in the grave and the other on a surfboard, and I’m only planning on ramping it up from here. And while I’ve been living all this *life*, I’ve been thinking a lot. Thinking about purposeful living and what it means to live life to the fullest, happiest, most badass it can possibly be.
What does that look like for you guys? For me, my Life List changes every year. I go back to the original Life List (aka Bucket List) I made in 2010 and change it up all the time. Things that sounded awesome to me 4 years ago sometimes sound stupid to me now. So I take things off the list, add new things, and all the time try to cross things off, having fun in the process.
For example, #30 on my Life List is to be in better shape at 40 than I was when I made the list. The last few years of my health have been pretty awful. What am I doing about it? As much as I can, really. Well, a month ago I started a diet cleanse (no Diet Dr Pepper for 2 weeks straight, cold turkey) and yesterday I hired a personal trainer (help!). I’m serious about getting healthier. No more 3-month-long migraines. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
Last Spring, I impulsively agreed to a trip with one of my best friends, Rachael Herrscher, to the South of France. It was a trip I couldn’t afford to take, but couldn’t really afford not to, and I crossed a whole bunch of Life List stuff off on that two week prance around France and Spain.
#33 on my Life List was become fluent in Spanish again. I took Spanish Immersion in Elementary school and junior high, but lost a lot of my Spanish somewhere along the way to adulthood. I worked on recovering said Spanish all over Spain, and a few times in France as well. I worked on #16 (collecting sea glass from 50 beaches) in Barcelona and Antibes. I’m counting #13 done (attend a World Cup soccer game); even though the soccer game (fútbol, rather) Rachael and I went to in Barcelona wasn’t technically a world stage, FC Barcelona (please tell me you’ve heard of Lionel Messi) played a kind of soccer I’ve never seen played before. It was spiritual. Even if I’m not lucky enough to attend a World Cup game (I’ll give it my best), I’ll still die happy for having attended that FC Barcelona game.
#24: Swim in the Mediterranean sea: I swam in the Mediterranean and it was warm and clear and lovely and practically wave-less. I had never considered such a thing to be a possibility in any sea, but there it is.
#37, Attend an honest-to-goodness movie premiere: I went to a movie premiere at the Cannes Film Festival + at said festival, wore a ball gown to an event of importance #69.
#38, Roam around Paris: I Roamed around Paris for a few days alright, (best food I’ve ever experienced in my short life) + #86 visited the Louvre.
A few years ago I went to Hawaii, stayed at Turtle Bay Resort (swoon), and took surf lessons from the Hans Hedemann surf school where a nice kid from Samoa via Georgia (really) helped me actually, properly, stand up and surf a wave.
After tries in both Huntington Beach and Costa Rica, I (finally) Learned to surf in Hawaii #5.
But not all my Life List stuff is as grand and exciting as Paris and the Cannes Film Festival + surfing in Hawaii.
For example, I’m working on reading every book in my vast library (#40). I buy a lot of good books, I just don’t always have time to read them. So I’m working on that.
Brian Kershisnik is my favorite artist of all time and #26 on my list is to own a painting by him. I can’t quite afford a painting yet, but thanks to his niece Annie Kershisnik Blake I now own a beautiful sketch by him. And I’m totally counting that as a win.
So here’s my question for all of you: what are YOU doing to make your life more wonderful? Are you getting weekly manicures, working out more, getting a whole 8 hours of sleep, reading good books? What do you want to do to make your life a happy place?
Tell me. I want to hear it, all of it.