Transforming The Bucket List

What would you do if you had a year off of your day job?

This is a question that I am building the answer to as even as I write this, like myself, most people would start listing off their bucket list items. To be honest, the term bucket list is not a favorite of mine. The phrase seems a bit vulgar to me,  someone deciding to kick the bucket out from under their life,  as if you could choose your final moments; not a picture I want to imagine. I remember when I started my visual bucket list sitting at my computer with pinterest asking what I wanted to “name this board;” right then and there I decided if I am going to list my goals for life I would instead want to harken to a Saint Irenaeus quote I first read in a John Eldredge book: “The glory of God is man fully alive.” I have changed the name of my “bucket list” to “The Glory List,” i.e. glorious things to accomplish before I am promoted to glory.

With the advent of pinterest there are colorful photos of ideas of exciting things to go and do and experience ‘one day.’ But what if you had 365 days?

For me I have been blessed with this idea and opportunity to travel to all fifty states before I turn 30,  and as I began to write down what I wanted to see it became arduous listing the places I would be passing through, mapping out 50,000 miles is harder than it seems, I’m still plotting stops on the map for the year.  Finally, I stopped writing, grabbed a fresh sheet of paper and began to write the experiences that I wanted to have. More glorious than the places are the faces I will see, the new children of friends that I have yet to meet, the homes of college room-mates I have yet to visit, the advice of people I will chat up at the corner coffee shop- that’s what it is to be fully alive. And it hit on me, you don’t need 365 days to do these things or a roadtrip to far off places, you, the reader can do them too, right where you are.

Here is my first draft from tonight.

  • Save someone’s life
  • See the Northern lights
  • Help someone cross the street
  • Walk across the George Washington Bridge- and compliment 20 people on the trek
  • Hug 1000 people this year
  • Buy coffee for someone at the original starbucks
  • Pow wow with a Congressman
  • Go a year without a speeding ticket
  • Lay flowers at Arlington National Cemetery during Veterans Day
  • Be an extra in a friends production
  • Bonfire on a beach
  • Ice skate at the serendipity place
  • Go to the outdoor chapel in Yellowstone
  • Give someone an envelope of money
  • Perseid Meteor Shower at Big Bend National park
  • Sing “You’re so vain” in Nova Scotia
  • Stand at the 4 corners and be in 4 places at once
  • Feed the homeless in Las Vegas
  • Get a picture of purple mountains majesty, above fruited plains
  • Name someones child or pet
  • Win something on the radio
  • Find someone walking to church on a Sunday morning and pick them up and go with
  • Attend a wedding for people over 65 years old
  • Visit the monuments on our currency
  • Touch a scary animal
  • Rescue at least 10 women from sexual slavery
  • Find 100 pennies and remember my great wealth
  • Hold a baby less than 24 hours old
  • Release a message in a bottle
  • See the sunrise at the Easternmost point of America
  • See the sunset at the Westernmost point in America
  • Sing in a choir of over 300 people.
  • Camp out for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade
  • Dance
  • Take a photo at the back of the statue of Liberty- symbolizing I always got her back
  • Drive to the top of the continent and scream- “I’m the queen of the world!”
  • Truly forgive someone
  • Go swimming in the middle of the night
  • Eat dinner with someone that hates me and change their mind
  • Speak to a crowd that I cannot count it’s number
  • Shoot fireworks in the middle of nowhere
  • Use my passport
  • Find my favorite book at the Library of congress
  • Create something beautiful
  • Run a crazy 5k
  • Do an impossible thing
  • Swim under a waterfall
  • Bury a time capsule
  • Witness true love

I keep thinking of new things!



Will you join me in transforming your bucket list to a glory list?

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