Q4U: The Bucket List
Yesterday I was listening to Tim McGraw’s great song, “Live Like You Were Dying,” and it got me thinking about my proverbial Bucket List, the things I really hope to do or see before I die. I’ve already done some cool things like jump out of an airplane (parachute opened just fine, thank you) and hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back up again. I would love to see the pyramids someday, and perhaps walk in an Amazon jungle. I hope to climb a fourteener or two (mountain peaks taller than 14,000 feet; in Colorado we have 54 of them). I want to take my kids to Europe while they’re still kids.
But I realize I may not be able to do all these things, or maybe not any of them. These days many of us are working hard to get through each day rather than nurture pie-in-the-sky dreams of pyramids and mountain-tops. So I thought more about the things I can do on a daily basis to “live like I was dying.” Tim’s song has a few lines that say it perfectly:
I loved deeper, and I spoke sweeter, and I gave forgiveness I’d been denying.
I became the kind of husband, that most the time I wasn’t, and I became the kind of friend I’d like to have.
I finally read the Good Book, and I took a good long hard look at what I’d do if I could do it all again. And then… I went skydiving, I went Rocky Mountain climbing…
I think we all have things we want to do before we die, whether they’re spiritual milestones or experiential fantasies or simply wanting to be a better person.
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