Bucket List – Kerry – 7/7/15

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July 7, 2015

Dear Kerry,

After we defeated a level on his video game, my five-year-old jumped up and down, thrilled. “Woo hoo Mom!” He high-fived me. “I can check something off my bucket list.”

The phrase took me aback. “Bucket list?”

“Yes, Mom. You know, my goals.”

I didn’t point out the full import of the words “bucket list.” A hero on one of his shows used the term, and my five-year-old adopted it as a part of his vernacular. (It is amazing what kids pick up.)

“What else is on your bucket list?” I asked.

He tapped his chubby cheek with an impatient finger, staring at a ceiling corner. “Well, trips to Disney, and riding on a horse and going in a space ship.”

“Disney. I could live there, if they’d allow it, and I want to ride an elephant some time. Always have,” I thought.

He continued. “I want to meet Austin and Ally and Stan from “Dog With a Blog.” (Disney Channel talents he admires.)

I nodded, thinking, “I’d like to meet J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, and Stephen King.”

His list continued, the hopes of an optimistic kid with the world before him. I filed them in my memory for later exploration, and considered how much our dreams change as we age.

And how much they remain the same.

I refuse to give up on my dreams. Publishing, travelling the world, and putting my kids through school top my list at the moment. I work toward these goals daily and try to look beyond the many set-backs life hurls my way.

In a country song that my husband likes, the singer goes “sky diving, Rocky Mountain Climbing” and more. If I received word tomorrow that I had only a few days to live, though, such dreams are outside of my financial reach. Perhaps when such a pronouncement is delivered by the medical community, a windfall should be required. It seems only right. Alas, that’s not how it works. Instead, we muddle through trying to attend to matters and experience the pleasures of a life well-lived. I guess the lesson is to constantly  refill our buckets with aspirations, to strive ever to complete what will lead to our dream fulfillment and self-actualization. Instead of a list we hope to complete before we kick the proverbial bucket, I pray to fulfill potential and experience a life worth living.

Here’s to setting and achieving goals.


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1 Response to Bucket List – Kerry – 7/7/15

  1. Reblogged this on Allusionary Assembly and commented:
    This is my latest letter for the One Year Of Letters. #OYOL One of the coolest things about this project is seeing the posts in advance. You should check them out. There are some really good letters slated for this week.


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