"He who deliberates fully before taking a step will spend his entire life on one leg." ~Chinese Proverb~

 I'm the type of person that makes lists for everything. I've even been known to categorize my grocery lists by aisle, so it's really no surprise to me that my life's to-do lists eventually came to be.

 I don't like to think of my list as "things to do before I die", I think my list is more about making sure that I do not forget what is important to me while I am alive.

With so many distractions and responsibilities in life it is too easy to lose sight of what really matters. The reality of it is that if we don't make an effort to experience the things in life that inspire us we will spend our entire lives focusing on the trivial things.

The items on my lists are either goals I am working to achieve or sources of inspiration in the world around me.

My life's lists serve the same purpose to me as my grocery list; my grocery list helps me to remember what I want from the store to save me countless trips...my life's lists help me to remember what I want from this life while I am still here, and for all I know this is a one time deal.

 Things I'm gonna do...

  •  Visit my best friend in Arizona
  • Visit California
  • See the ocean again
  • Go to a comedy club
  • Visit New York City
  • See a symphony
  • Go skydiving
  • Get my bachelor's degree
  • Sing Karaoke
  • Go to the opera
  • See a concert
  • Take a family vacation
  • Take my family camping
  • Visit Las Vegas
  • Buy a house
  • Have a honeymoon
  • Publish a website
  • Become a volunteer
Novels I'm gonna read...
  •  A Tale of Two Cities- Charles Dickens Oh, okay- you got me! I only made it half-way through this one. I found it somewhat hard to follow. I did enjoy the character, Doctor Manette, that was presumed dead and found to be imprisoned- brought back to life by his daughter and a messenger. I thought there was a philosophical message in that story. Doctor Manette had his spirit broken as so many of us do in life. So, because I managed to take something away from the story I am crossing it off my list. After all, it's my list and I call the shots here.         "All through the cold and restless interval, until, dawn, they once more whispered in the ears of Mr. Jarvis Lorry--sitting opposite the buried man who had been dug out, and wondering what subtle powers were forever lost to him, and what were capable of restoration--the old inquiry: 'I hope you care to be recalled to life?"
    - Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, Book 1, Chapter 6 
  • The Age of Innocence- Edith Wharton
  • Great Expectations- Charles Dickens
  • Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen
  • Keep the Aspidistra Flying- George Orwell
  • To Kill a Mocking Bird- Harper Lee
  • Crime and Punishment- Fydor Dostoevsky
  • The Catcher in the Rye- J.D. Salinger
  • Gone with the Wind- Margaret Mitchell
  • Ethan Frome- Edith Wharton
  • The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Invisible Man- Ralph Ellison
  • The Scarlet Letter- Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • War and Peace- Leo Tolstoy
  • Wuthering Heights- Emily Bronte
  • Winesburg, Ohio- Sherwood Anderson
  • The Grapes of Wrath- John Steinbeck
  • 1984- George Orwell
  • The Beautiful and the Damned- F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Buddha- Deepak Chopra
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