Before I was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis I rarely used the words “bucket list.” If you had asked what was on my bucket list I would have mentioned pedaling the Katy Trail 237 miles across the state of Missouri with my biking buddies or exploring Tuscany with my husband. Having a bucket list was never a priority for me, maybe because I’ve already been blessed to experience some awesome adventures. I have walked on the Great Wall of China (three times actually). I have ridden a gondola through the canals of Venice. I stubbed my toe and bled on the ruins of the original Olympic Games in Greece. My name is on a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame -not really, just making sure you were still paying attention.
Luke 12:30 “These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs.” NLT
MY PRIORITIES HAVE CHANGED
There are many things I can no longer do, like walk through the mall. Now there are more memorable moments in my life. My biking buddies and I visited the Katy Trail in November 2014 and we had a blast as they pushed me across the crushed limestone in
a wheelchair. Despite my limitations, I don’t miss many events. I am slow and have to sit, but I usually go anyway. Breakfast or lunch with friends is now one of my favorite activities. What I consider important in life has changed somewhat. So for the first time, I am writing out my official bucket list.
Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” KJV
MY SIMPLE BUCKET LIST
- Appreciate spending time with my husband. He worked the night shift to support me while I attended medical school. Then we had babies and raised them. We both worked and established our careers. Now, it is time to enjoy each other’s company.
- Spend more time with my parents. They are not getting younger and they are so much fun. Before I got sick, I allowed several weeks to go by without seeing them and sometimes days without even talking to them. Now, we make a conscious effort to plan an outing once a week.
- Develop friendships. When I was working, my social life consisted of Bunko once a month, occasional football games and rarely, dinner on Saturday night. Now I am able to cultivate friendships with many different people.
- Give away more. I want to give away more money, more time, more self. I’m convinced it pays off in the end.
- Encourage others. This is my calling in life and always has been. The venue has just changed.
- Remission. There I said it. I want this disease to go into remission. If it does not, it will not affect much on this list.
- Witness my friend on the other side of the planet coming to know Jesus. I’ve prayed for this spunky lady for ten years. You are welcome to join me.
- Write. I am working on several projects. The process is more intense than I ever realized, but it is truly enjoyable and keeps me occupied. Publishing a book would be a great accomplishment to cross off the list.
- Dance at my children’s weddings. Although I am not making any announcements, this is
a big one. By no means am I a good dancer, I just want to be able to physically dance on each of my kid’s big day. You know, like they do in the movies.
- Oh yeah, and I want to see a moose. This has eluded me for a long time. I have visited several moose hang outs: Alaska, Jackson Hole, Yellowstone, Colorado and Montana. I have never spotted a single moose. I am convinced they evacuate when they know I am coming.My dad and I were in Yellowstone National Park in September 2014. My mother, who is finally learning to text, sent me a message that read, “Hope you see a mouse.” We looked all over Yellowstone and never saw a mouse. Didn’t see a moose either. Oh well, maybe someday.
I am sure I have omitted some very important items. You are certainly invited to add to my bucket list, or your own, in the comments below.
I Corinthians 9:24, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” NIV