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I used to have a very long bucket list = things I wanted to do before I kick the bucket. It included:

Going on a safari in Africa,

Jumping off of an airplane,

Owning a lake house,

Running a marathon (check!)

and a whole lot of other things, experiences and accomplishments that I thought were necessary in order to have lived a full life.

But at some point, I somehow threw that type of bucket list away. It just wasn’t that important any more. I hope it’s not that I don’t have spunk anymore-I actually think it’s a mixture of age, perspective, and life-lived experience. I don’t need that particular bucket list to make me feel alive, or excited about what is to come. Life has a way of changing my perspective.

I still have a bucket list, but its feel is different now.

So, in no particular order, here is my partial New and Improved Bucket List = things I long to affect this place with before I leave this place:

~Pay for a well that provides water for a village in Africa

~See my children walk fully with Jesus

~Go for a walk in the fields with my grand’children and discover the beauty of nature through their eyes

~Fund at least one international adoption, and hopefully many more

~Lay my hands on the sick and they shall recover

~See my mother saved

~Know that I have been useful in the lives of my friends

~Excel at the joy of being content

~Overcome my fear of traffic driving

~Be the best motivator that I can be

~Love well

~Eradicate someone’s debt

And the list goes on…

Some of these are accomplished, some are in the process of being done, and some seem so far away, unreachable almost.  But that’s the exciting thing about a bucket list–it’s never over till it’s over.

What about you? Do you have one? What’s in it?

PS–Shortly after I wrote this post and filed it away for a later publishing date, Ann Voskamp wrote a fantastic post on her  poured bucket list= things I thank God for having… I think I have a lot more to learn on the subject!

Cultivating Thankfulness with Ann Voskamp

# 323 Him loving me when I am unlovable

# 322 Belgian cookies

# 321 A Pedicure that took away most of my rough heel skin

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