"Everything you want is on the other side of fear." -- Jack Canfield
Bucket Lists. Everyone has them. Why? Because, at the end of the day, everyone realizes that this life isn't permanent. We won't always be here and we won't always get more than one opportunity for something.
I spent a week with my sister in New Orleans. At the beginning of the week, I was completely dependent on her, seeing how I didn't have a car. About mid-week, I started to realize just how much I loathe (I still feel like that's too tame of a word) being dependent on someone. My whole life, I was pretty much raised to do things myself, and while it took until I was a teenager to realize it, I don't regret being brought up this way. What I do regret are the endless "Law and Order: SVU" episodes I used to watch. That show, amongst others, made me afraid to live life. And while that may make me a coward, I'm making up for it now.
While I was in the Big Easy, I realized I never actually made a bucket list. That became my priority this week. Without further ado, this is my bucket list.
1. Go Rock Climbing in Colorado.
I always loved climbing rock walls and while I understand that climbing a man-made wall with jugs and such isn't the same as climbing real rock, I still want to do it.
2. Get a tattoo.
Until a month ago when I had to start giving myself B-12 shot (my doctor prescribed this to me and like the good little child I am, I don't argue with her. I've been going to her since before puberty, so I have learned my lesson ten times over), I hated needles. If there was a way I could get out of shots or giving blood, I did it. I still try to argue with my parents and friends about the shots.
3. Take a pole dancing class.
Why? Because I'm a grown ass woman and I want to. Sorry, Dad. I love you.
4. Dye my whole head a pastel color.
I don't judge you for your weird likes; don't judge me for mine.
5. Get my fortune told.
Dude. Let's be honest here. Why wouldn't you want to know how accurate some of these people could get?
6. Take a cruise.
After the movie of one of them sinking, I'm scared witless. Let's go for it.
7. Go to Scotland.
Scotland is beautiful and after the TV show "Reign," I'm going before I die.
8. Have an awesome costume for Halloween.
Halloween happens to be my favorite holiday. And, somehow, I always start planning my costume weeks too late
9. Get sewn in extensions..
I'm one of those people who grow their hair and out and then, immediately, cut it off. I regret it almost every time.
10. Halo Jump.
There's a difference in halo jumping and sky diving. Since I'm an adrenaline junkie, I want a bigger chance of dying. That looks worse than it sounded.
11. Zero Gravity Flight
It's probably the closest you'll get to becoming an astronaut. Why not fulfill your childhood dream? Road trip time!
12. Base Jump
Why do most of the things involve jumping and falling? There's probably something emotional there that I'm going to avoid.
13. White water rafting with my sisters.
Jessica and Casey will probably have the best reactions.
10. Publish a book.
I think this last one is pretty self explanatory and if not, I like writing.
This life is certainly not permanent, as much as I wish it was. We're never even promised tomorrow (I absolutely hate how cliched I sound right now). I'm sure my family and friends are probably reading this and thinking how crazy and stupid I sound.
I think everyone needs a bucket list. Well, that, and the courage to fulfill what we write down.