Have you ever had time to sit quietly with yourself and just dream? To ask yourself what would you do if there were no trappings, obstacles or excuses? To ponder over what could you accomplish if there were no penalties for putting yourself first for once, and without thought to repercussions or responsibilities? Or what you would do if money was no issue? Not many of us have. Even fewer have actually written their dreams down.
It takes courage. Courage to forget the “I could never!”s, to shove aside the “are you crazy?”s, and flip a bird to “that’s just ridiculous”. It takes guts to summon the bravery to focus purely on what you wish to accomplish before your time here is up. I say let’s do this.
A dear friend and Camp Mighty were my inspiration. And this is The Mighty Peach List… still a work in progress.
1 Sing Miranda Lambert’s Kerosene at karaoke
2 Know what caviar tastes like
3 Write a novel
4 Learn Italian
5 Go to Italy (Tuscany, Cinque Terre)
6 Stand on the cliffs in Ireland
Learn to knit YES, Winter 2011
8 Play in a community band
9 Jump out of a plane voluntarily
Have a frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity in NYC – YES, January 2013
11 See the sun rise on a boat
Run a 10K YES, Peachtree Road Race 2012
13 Run a marathon
14 Buy a house PLANNED for 2013
15 Give birth to a child
16 Marry a man that I cannot live without, and who cannot live without me
17 Go to Alaska and see the Aurora Borealis
Attend Camp Mighty YES, Camp Mighty 2012
See Portland OR YES, Sept 2012
Start therapy again YES, Feb 2013
21 See a life coach
22 Volunteer at an animal shelter/vet office
23 Volunteer at a women’s abuse clinic/home
24 Adopt/rescue a puppy PLANNED: 2013
25 Scuba dive
26 Buy a fancy Nikon/Canon camera
27 Take photography classes
28 Visit Napa Valley
29 See the redwoods/sequoias and feel small in the world PLANNED: 2013
30 Do an unassisted, strict, dead-hang pull-up
Be able to rope climb YES! Sept 21, 2012
32 Have a “HOT NOW” Krispy Kreme doughnut PLANNED
33 Fix my crooked tooth
Have professional pics taken of me before I get too old. Just me. YES! Camp Mighty 2012
35 Overcome fear of putting face under water
36 Be able to swim freestyle, with flip at the end
37 Have an amazing wine collection
38 Donate to charity at least once a year. YES for 2011 + 12
39 Eat a pastry, drink an espresso in Paris.
40 Successfully water-ski (without hurting myself this time)
41 Not have a black thumb/have plants that don’t die.
42 Have a muscled tummy
43 Go to London with N. to revisit our juvenile delinquency PLANNED: 2013
44 Compete in a CrossFit competition (scaled)
45 Compete in a CrossFit competition (Rx)
46 See an Atlanta Braves game
47 See an Atlanta Falcons game
48 Go to Niagara Falls
49 Be employed in a job that I love
50 Meet with editor/agent to get feedback on my writing
51 Make money writing. Somehow, some way.
52 Visit my parents more often.
53 Visit NOLA during Mardi Gras
54 Find the perfect badass leather jacket
55 Slap a man across the face (who REALLY deserves it)
56 Pay off my ($*)$#(*%ing student loans
57 Decide what I want to be when I grow up
See the tree at Rock Center in NYC at Christmas YES! January 2013
59 Donate my hair to Locks of Love
60 Dye my hair a crazy color, like purple/pink
61 Buy myself something from Tiffany & Co.
Try Fois Gras YES! December 27, 2012
63 Own an espresso machine and know how to use it
64 Have a red Kitchenaid stand mixer
66 Go on a cruise
67 Vacation in the Outer Banks
68 Go to BlogHer
69 Own a zippy sports car
70 Live in my own house with a yard big enough to have 2-3 dogs (a Bull Terrier, a Dachshund, and a Bulldog)
71 Give blood twice a year
72 Pick an item on someone else’s life list (that’s not on mine) and do it!
73 Help someone complete an item on their own life list
74 Send my parents on a vacation somewhere they’d never have gone on their own
75 Pay it forward to someone in desperate need, the way J.A. did for me.
76 Open my heart to love again. Fully. Fearlessly
77 Ride on a dogsled
78 Stop letting the fear of judgment control my decisions
79 Go to Alt Summit
80 Cut my hair super-short once in my life – and rock it.
81 Visit Savannah, GA. (finally)
82 See Mumford & Sons live
83 Go to a concert at Red Rocks, CO