Wednesday, March 17, 2010

THE list

jonnie & duncan from the buried life! photos from flickr.

back when i was in california, i had a tête-à-tête at in 'n out with one of my sorority sisters. i was looking to her for post-grad advice being frustrated at the job market, unsure of what i wanted to do upon graduation. while we were talking, the woman who had been sitting next to us with her family kindly interrupted asking if she could just put in her two cents:

"I couldn't help but overhear your conversation but can I just say-- Stop worrying. You two are young, and you've got your entire life ahead of you! You WILL find a job. It might not be the one you dreamed of, but it will lead you to one that is perfect for you. TRAVEL. Do it now while you still have time to yourself. And when in doubt of everything else- make a list. Make a list of all the things you want to do in your life, and before you know it, you'll be crossing them off and living your dreams... just for subconsciously making the realizations that you want to do all of those certain things."

she walked away with her two little kids and a smile on her face. she looked tired... but happy. clearly this was a woman who had lived.

inspired by this woman and my new favorite show on MTV, the buried life, i started thinking of things that i wanted to do before i die. i wanted the list items to be realistic, yet far-fetched enough that i would have to go out of my way to do these things. i only have a couple so far and started numbering them from #1 onward... and thought it seemed too small and measly. so i assigned them random numbers giving me time & space to think of what to do in between all of those things. :)

what i have so far:

#35 go to the opening ceremony of a summer and winter olympics (preferably in a country that i wouldn't normally travel to)
#49 get dressed & dolled up for a star-studded red carpet affair
#17 run a marathon (start with a halfie, but work my way there)
#72 be featured in a magazine.. for anything

so inspired to live the life i've imagined... thanks to a mother of two from california and four crazy, driven Canadian gentlemen.

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