shades on, top back

in my suitcase

We’ll skydive from the plane and land below a waterfall and then swim away with the dolphins.  If I was 12, that little adventure would have knocked one, two, three things off my bucket list with  just one (very adventurous) day’s journey.

Thing about my bucket list, however, is that it seems to be a life-force of its own: constantly changing, growing and expanding.  Life experience prompts me to add new things to the list and, in a similar fashion, decide that other things are of less importance.

A bit of a thrill-seeker, I planned to skydive over the Alps when I studied abroad my junior year.  Well well well, the trip came and the adventure arrived, and I decided I’d rather go for a hike and make a picnic and read a book than sail through the sky (or I have a fear of heights – you decide).  To each his own, right?  And you know what, I was 100% okay with changing my mind — it took planning the trip to make me realize that I was okay with not experiencing every.single.little.thing.

The thing is, I try to get the most goodness out of the things that I do decide to pursue.  This world is large and the possibility for experience is endless, but if we make the most of the choices we make, the slice of life we are given, then it will be enough.  Do little things with great love.

Where is all this going?  Well, I recently finished The Light Between Oceans, and, as soon as I was done, I gave the novel 5 stars on Goodreads.  I also started thinking about the relationship of the lighthouse to character development (I’m a nerd), and, before long, I found myself longing to visit a lighthouse.  Lighthouse adventuring was added to the the bucket list just as easily sky-diving was removed.

And, good news: Jon and I made plans to visit a lighthouse when we’re in Jamaica next week.  I’ll be crossing 2 things off my bucket list while we’re there – the lighthouse is one, can you guess the second?


16 thoughts on “shades on, top back

  1. That first skydiving adventure sounds like something my 12 year old would have dreamed up as well–maybe add some sort of night of disco dancing after the dolphin swim 🙂 I find my bucket list evolving as I get older, though swimming with dolphins is definitely still high on the list. I can’t wait to hear about your adventures in Jamaica!

  2. I had to read your message twice, it hit me with such emphasis. Do the little things with great love. This is so perfect. Instead of devising grandiose plans (which are OK also), make sure that the things you do choose to engage in encompass all the energy in your being. Thanks for the wonderful post and reminder 😉

  3. Oh my gosh! You’re going to have so much fun! I hope you share some pictures with us when you come back 🙂 I’m assuming your second bucket list adventure is swimming with dolphins?!

    p.s. a short guide to a happy life is one of my favorite books ever!

  4. You and your hubby must go to Grand Marais this summer! It is such a quaint little town way up in Northern Minnesota. There is the beautiful Split Rock Lighthouse that is SO fun to visit! And then you need to read To the Lighthouse by Virginia Wolf. Heck, just bring that book with you while you and the hubby sip a hot cup of coffee while relaxing along Lake Superior….
    All right. I’m coming with you!

  5. I love bucket lists because they are life lists! The important is to actually do them! Don’t just make a list… live your bucket list! You are doing that and I am thrilled! I love lighthouses and I hope you have a great time in Jamaica! 🙂

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