When I was thirteen, I used to pray to Jesus that He wouldn’t come back just yet because I really, really wanted to go to prom.
That might sound silly to you, but being raised in the Southern Baptist Church, I had it on good authority that Jesus could come back at any time so you better not pout & you better not cry & you better pray over which socks you should be wearing. Except while my friends in youth group were busy memorizing Bible versus in preperation for the Second Coming, I spent the majority of Sunday School class in silent prayer with my life list, ticking off all the things I wanted to do:
Dear Jesus, I’m super-stoked to see you but I kind of like it down here on Earth because I’m pretty sure that you don’t have prom up in Heaven. Also, I’d like to lose my virginity before you get back because the pastor said that all we’re going to want to do is praise You in Heaven & I’d like to see what sex is like first. Oh, & getting married. Could you wait until I get married?
Then I’d feel all heathen-ish because who tells Jesus to slow his roll? But I knew that Jesus knew where my heart was at & hot damn, I just really liked life on Earth.
I went to prom. I got married. Obviously, I lost my virginity.
In short? I’ve achieved what I set out to do in life & that feels pretty good so I guess Jesus can come back now. But I still have some more stuff I’d like to tick off:
Go to prom. Get married. Lose my virginity. Have a baby.
- Live in a state other than North Carolina.
- Write a book.
- Have the book published.
- Hike & camp on the Appalachain Trail with Doug. (I’ve already done it solo.)
- Visit Greece.
- Run a 5K.
- Visit Egypt.
- Complete a triathalon.
- Get a tattoo on my wrist.
- Give birth without pain medication.
- Take a photography class.
- Take a sewing class.
- Become a midwife.
- Take a picture under the Bean in Chicago.
Own a black wool peacoat.
- Spend a weekend in the North Carolina Outer Banks with my boys.
- Visit the Holocaust Museum.
Work at SAS.
- Make Babble’s Top 50 Mom Bloggers list.
- Live in the country.
Experience a white Christmas.
- Travel to London with my mother.
- Speak at a blogging conference.
- Learn to change a light fixture.
- Take a day & eat all of my favorite foods in one day, even if they come from different restaurants.
- Dye my hair
- See a musical on Broadway.
- Visit Washington, DC with Doug.
- Make a cheesecake that doesn’t crack down the middle.
- Host Thanksgiving dinner.
I’m sure it will grow & change as I grow & change but for now, this is who I’d like to be & what I’d like to do.
What’s on your life list? Do you have one?