Whew… It seems like the last few weeks have been some tough truths. I guess really all of them have the possibility of being hard ones. It all depends on how one looks at the topic in question. That is why this week I decided to look at this one a bit of a different way.
Truth #5 : Something You Hope To Do In Your Life
I have always been a person who believes that ANYTHING is possible. It is just a matter of what one is willing to do to achieve or acquire their wishes. Some years back I made what some would call a bucket list. I developed it a short time after my divorce. On it I listed all the things I wanted to do in my life. In the beginning the items were effortless really. They did not require much out of me to accomplish them. Then I went on to items which required some effort out of me to complete and later I put all the things I wanted to do regardless of the degree of difficulty knowing that a number of them may possibly never be accomplished.
As I reviewed my list recently, I realized that several of the items that I thought were items that may be a bit difficult for me to do I had already accomplished. I could cross them off my list. This has encouraged me to develop an updated list and to put myself a little further out there. I would like to share a few of the items I accomplished as well as a few new ones that I added to the list.
One of the big items on my to do list was to see a Beatle in concert. I was not blessed to have been of age in the 60’s to experience what was "Beatlemania". I discovered the fab four in the early 70's. My best friends dad introduced us to their music and seeing we were the young age of 9 and 10 we did not even realize that we were listening to music that was first recorded in the early 60's. So in our own way we lived our own Beatlemania in fast forward.
When Paul McCartney and Wings toured in the 70’s and 80’s I was either too far away, too poor, or had a family and other things on my mind. John had already passed and George seldom did concerts. Ringo did come near me one time shortly after my divorce yet I was unable to attend. Still I did not give up. In 2000 Paul announced that he was touring again and I was determined to see him one way or another. I purchased 2 tickets to a show in Vegas with no idea as to how I would get there. At the time he had only announced a few shows and none of them were near me. I felt Vegas was my best bet. Sure enough I managed to get there for a short weekend trip. It was fantastic. His show consisted of mostly Beatle songs and it was the closest thing I knew I would ever get to seeing them. I had finally had my Beatle experience. When I arrived home I learned Paul had announced he would be in Dallas so I splurged and purchased one ticket on a bus of Beatle fans. This second experience was some of the most fun I have ever had. My ticket was right next to the stage on the left side right by all of Paul’s basses… it was heaven for any Beatle fan, young or old.
Another item on my list was traveling to numerous places. The first year I was divorced I went on a trip to Toronto Canada. I was all alone and it was the first time I had ever went anywhere that big and that far away by myself. I was terrified at first yet after the first evening in my hotel room alone I was bound and determined to not remain that way. The next morning I went down and planned me an array of trips including Niagara Falls, A Blue Jays game, The Phathom of the Opera and more. I met all sorts of people and ended up spending much of my time with a family from New Zealand. It was a major turning point in my life for sure.
Now in regards to new things on my list to do: here are just a few that I plan to attempt to tackle in the coming years.
Travel to New Zealand and Australia
Experience Glastonbury in all its glory, especially the music festival
Write and publish my writing
Get a Tattoo (Yea this one is a left over from my old list )
And a few that may take a bit more effort out of me:
Meet and discuss the meaning of life with Matthew Bellamy
Of course Nicolas Cage would do nice also
Skydive ( This was also on my first list and something I was scheduled to do about 15 years ago yet circumstances made me postpone and I have never rescheduled)
Learn to Fly
(a plane of course - I have always had a strange love for crop dusters)
Travel to Space
(This one will just take an abundance of money)
What would you like to do in your life? Maybe its time you sit down and write a few of those ideas down. Keep it handy and look at it on occasion. You may be surprised just what you are able to do if you put a little effort and thought into it…