The term "bucket list" was floating around for a year or two before I actually learned what it meant. (Sometimes things like this happen when you live in a writer's hole.) So, today, here are some bucket list items of mine that have nothing to do with writing. Because sometimes we just have to LOOK THE OTHER WAY!
1. I want to buy a 1928 or 1929 Mason and Hamlin baby grand piano. My college piano teacher had one in his studio, and he's the one who taught me that '28 and '29 were Mason and Hamlin's best years. I loved his piano, and I've wanted one like it ever since. Note: This will take LOTS OF MONEY or a VERY GENEROUS PERSON IN MY LIFE. But it's something I dream about regularly (and stalk on Ebay).
2. I want to travel to Mexico to work with poor women and children. I'm not even sure what this looks like, but it's been on my heart for years.
3. Related to #2: I want to become fluent in Spanish. Estudié español por cuatro años, pero he olvidado mucho.
4. I want to learn how to play the steel drums.
5. I want to take pointe class. Which means I'm going to have to nail my pirouettes and two dozen other things first. But, dadgummit, I want a pair of pointe shoes!
6. I want to get all the amalgam fillings in my mouth replaced. I have MANY FILLINGS (our family dentist was a quack, but that's another story). And yes, I'm one of those people who believes in the serious health risks of mercury in one's mouth. Again, this will take LOTS OF MONEY (but not nearly as much money as the baby grand), because most insurance companies don't cover this procedure.
7. I want to go to London.
8. I want to make a mini-album of my own songs.
9. I want to make the switch to raw milk. Then I want to commit to making my own yogurt and kefir, and therefore be able to stay away once and for all from these items in the grocery stores.
10. Also, I want to start brewing my own kombucha. As soon as I stop being terrified.
11. I want to buy high-quality leather albums to transfer all my scrapbooks to. And I want special shelves that will accommodate their odd size, so that the gorgeous, tooled bindings will show.
12. I want to learn to ride a horse. English saddle. So I can go galloping across the wilds of Northern England with my dress flowing and my bow slung over my shoulder. (Okay, not really. I just want to learn to ride a horse.)
Anyway, that's me. Because sometimes, without meaning to, we can lose ourselves in our writing--so much so that other things start to grow a little smaller. So here's to turning our heads and looking at other things we'd like to do--dream of doing--that aren't necessarily something we can make happen today. Just like publishing, yes?
So...what's on your bucket list?