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Day #3: What I Wish For?

Living life on a transplant waiting list gives you lots of reasons to reflect on what you’ve achieved in your life, and what you wish for the future.

Imagine a scenario where you only had one year left to live. What is one thing that you really wish to do that you just haven’t had the chance to accomplish yet?

I would like to add: what steps could you take (however small) to ensure that you accomplish this thing in 2013?

Well … I’ll take the middle paragraph as my guide.  If I had one year left to live, what is the one thing I really wish to do?  I don’t like the way that paragraph ends with the word “accomplish.”  If I had only one year left to live, it wouldn’t be about an accomplishment, it would be about how I would live that final year.

Here’s the challenge:  the thing I most want to do would take me away from the circle of friends and family who mean the most to me.  That thing would be to spend my final year living on the coast of Oregon.  In a little hut, within view and walking distance of the ocean, with a pizza oven, and an endless supply of beer.  But, I have no friends or family (my circle) there and I couldn’t imagine living my final year without them.

How to bring those two things together?  There is the mystery of the one year left to live question.  Spend it with the people who mean the most to me or spend it where I most want to be.  I know this, if I only had one year left to live, if I knew now that December 31, 2013, would be my last day on earth, I would be incredibly unhappy if I lived that final year where I am now.

 

The Ever-Expanding Bucket List

1.  Shag fly balls during batting practice before a Giants game.  And, hopefully, not tear my ACL like Mariano Rivera.

2.  Live on the Oregon Coast.

3.  Have one of my published works noticed by somebody.  Anybody.  Of course, I’ve gotta get my novels out there to have any chance at this.

4.  Make a pizza with an egg on it.  (Achieved many times in 2011 and 2012.)

5.  See a game at Fenway and Wrigley before it’s too late.  (Added 5/27/12)

6.  Purchase a Tear Drop Camper.  (Added 5/27/12)

7.  Conquer my fear of roller coasters.  (Added on 6/24/12, but accomplished 6/19/12-6/21/12)

8.  Ride a real roller coaster, not of the Disneyland variety.  (Added on 7/12/12)

9.  Corollary to #3 above — Publish a Novel.  (Added on 7/12/12, accomplished 7/15/12)

10.  Corollary to the corollary — Publish a Novel via the traditional publisher route.  (Added on 7/12/12)

11.  Hike Thunder Mountain by Silver Lake (added on 7/15/12)

12.  Bicycle the Mormon Immigrant Trail (added on 7/15/12)  This will be a tough one for me, but my goal is to do it within the next year.  It’s about 25 miles of two lane mountain road that goes mostly uphill … but then it’s a 25 mile return, mostly downhill.  Haven’t bicycled much and I hate hills.  Time to start training.

13.  See the Northern Lights.  (added on 7/15/12

Bucket List — Update an Update

1.  Shag fly balls during batting practice before a Giants game.  And, hopefully, not tear my ACL like Mariano Rivera.

2.  Live on the Oregon Coast.

3.  Have one of my published works noticed by somebody.  Anybody.  Of course, I’ve gotta get my novels out there to have any chance at this.

4.  Make a pizza with an egg on it.  (Achieved many times in 2011 and 2012.)

5.  See a game at Fenway and Wrigley before it’s too late.  (Added 5/27/12)

6.  Purchase a Tear Drop Camper.  (Added 5/27/12)

7.  Conquer my fear of roller coasters.  (Added on 6/24/12, but accomplished 6/19/12-6/21/12)

8.  Ride a real roller coaster, not of the Disneyland variety.  (Added on 7/12/12)

9.  Corollary to #3 above — Publish a Novel.  (Added on 7/12/12)

10.  Corollary to the corollary — Publish a Novel via the traditional publisher route.  (Added on 7/12/12)

My Bucket List — Another update

Because I was told by a very smart person that you should include things you’ve already done …

 

1.  Shag fly balls during batting practice before a Giants game.  And, hopefully, not tear my ACL like Mariano Rivera.

2.  Live on the Oregon Coast.

3.  Have one of my published works noticed by somebody.  Anybody.  Of course, I’ve gotta get my novels out there to have any chance at this.

4.  Make a pizza with an egg on it.  (Achieved many times in 2011 and 2012.)

5.  See a game at Fenway and Wrigley before it’s too late.  (Added 5/27/12)

6.  Purchase a Tear Drop Camper.  (Added 5/27/12)

7.  Conquer my fear of roller coasters.  (Added on 6/24/12, but accomplished 6/19/12-6/21/12)

My Bucket List — Another Update

1.  Shag fly balls during batting practice before a Giants game.  And, hopefully, not tear my ACL like Mariano Rivera.

2.  Live on the Oregon Coast.

3.  Have one of my published works noticed by somebody.  Anybody.  Of course, I’ve gotta get my novels out there to have any chance at this.

4.  Make a pizza with an egg on it.  (Achieved many times in 2011 and 2012.)

5.  See a game at Fenway and Wrigley before it’s too late.  (Added 5/27/12)

6.  Purchase a Tear Drop Camper.  (Added 5/27/12)

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