Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A Life Half Lived...

Today is my birthday. I am now 45 years old.



With the life expectancy getting closer and closer to 90 these days, I have only lived half my life so far. I can choose to look at that as half my life is past or that I have half to live yet. Since I am more of a glass half full girl, instead of a glass half empty, I am going to look at all the exciting possibilities ahead.

Last year I made a list of 44 Things that I wanted to accomplish while I was 44 years old. I came up a bit short, but I found some of them weren't that important as the year went along. Some of them the circumstances just didn't work out right. I got 26 out of the 44 Things crossed off my list.

This year I making a smaller but broader range list, some are left over from last year's list and some are new. A Bucket List for the second half of my exciting life.

BUCKET LIST
  • Watch a Sunrise
  • Continue to improve my photography and writing skills through the platform of my blog(s).
  • Visit more National Parks (I have been to nine so far, I will be adding 2 more this summer)
  • Finish visiting the other 14 Ottawa County Parks that I haven't been to yet.
  • Spend a whole summer on the Leelanau Peninsula
  • More wine tasting adventures with Glen, this is one of my favorite things to do together
  • Europe - Scotland and Ireland, revisit England and France's Normandy region
  • Facetime or Skype or visit in person with more of my blogging friends
  • Go away by myself for a couple of days to take pictures and write. This could be a yearly adventure
  • Tenting - if this year's trip goes well, I would love for Glen and I to do more of this kind of traveling, with some hotels thrown in for a good sleep and clean up
  • Be the Grandma to my future grandchildren that I wished I had been able to have
  • Visit Disney World many more times
  • Continue working out and keeping my body healthy and strong
  • Maybe...learn to play golf
  • Dabble more in mixed media art

If I thought about it long enough I am sure that could up with a ton more things.
It is very interesting looking at this list, I see myself becoming exactly who I want to be. This might be the clearest definition of myself that I have ever had: someone who loves to travel, photograph, write, be active and healthy, spend time with her family, learn new things and continue to build wonderful, new friendships. I might finally be able to write that "About Me" page for my blog.

12 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday my friend I hope you have a great time, love your bucket list, mixed media and Skyping a great idea.....

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  2. Happy Birthday!! A bucket list is such a good idea. Now I'm thinking of things to make one for my birthday in August. It looks as though you have lots of travel ahead of you this year. I hope your birthday is lots of fun!

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  3. Happy birthday! Great list. Let me know if you're coming over to England and then you can cross meeting up with a blog buddy off your list too. ;) I wrote my 'about me' page recently (doing Susannah's course) - it took me 2 years to get round to, but I feel like it was worth waiting because it really sounds/feels like me....looking forward to seeing yours. Have a great day (and year!). :)

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  4. Happy birthday! I look forward to reading about each item on your list, as you complete each one.

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  5. Happy birthday! Hope you come to england soon!!

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  7. Happy Birthday---I'm further along than you, but the bucket lists definitely help to keep things focused. Enjoy the year as if you are jumping in with both paisley boots!

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  8. Happy Birthday! You look wonderful, sounds like a great bucket list.

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  9. The photo of you is gorgeous! You look pleased and relaxed with yourself, and that is beautiful. Surely we are allowed to reevaluate our lists as we go, right?

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  10. I hope you had a wonderful birthday! This was my 60th birthday, so I guess I'm 2/3 along! I love the idea of a bucket list. I can see some interesting blog posts coming up as you mark them off!

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  11. A great bucket list! I like how you made the list smaller and broader and less about accomplishing a certain number. I'm happy to help you meet the Skype goal!

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  12. A belated Happy Birthday Sarah!

    I continue to enjoy the posts about all your adventures - big and small - and your thoughts, dreams...it's great to get to know you.

    xoxo

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