Between last week’s tragedy in Connecticut and the supposed pending apocalypse, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on life recently. This has reaffirmed my belief that every day is a blessing. Every day we get to spend with the people we love is one day more than some are given.
With that sentiment in mind, I’ve created what I call my “Reverse Bucket List.” If the world were to end (which I haven’t bought into, by the way), I want to focus on the cool things I experienced in my 28 years; not what I have yet to experience.
Before reading my Reverse Bucket List, keep in mind the following: 1) Far above any of the items in this list are the incredible blessings of my family and friendships and the memories we’ve created, and 2) I am a simple person, so my version of “cool” may be ordinary to others, and I am perfectly content with that.
– A few years ago, I shook the hand of former President Bill Clinton. This was a totally awesome moment for me. Fortunately, I have approximately 7367863 pictures to remember it.
– I climbed the same museum stairs in Philadelphia as Rocky. It was not, however, as easy as he made it look.
– I drank a freshly brewed beer in the Guinness Factory in Dublin, Ireland.
– I cruised the Alaskan waters with my Mom for seven days. It was cold and beautiful and a week I will never forget.
– I occupied a seat in The Big House on the day Michigan broke the record (and still holds today) for most attendees at a college sporting event.
– On that same day, us attendees were evacuated from the stadium during the third quarter due to weather conditions. This is the only time in history that a Michigan football game was called due to rain.
– I sipped the only glass of wine I’ve ever enjoyed in the heart of Napa Valley.
– I was carted in a rickshaw through Central Park.
– I spent a week with my closest college friends on a boat in the middle of a lake. We parked in an alcove and didn’t move for five days. It was the perfect way to say farewell to college and hello to the real world.
– I have visited 30 of the 50 states, and cities from Boston to New Orleans to San Francisco and Seattle.
– I swam with stingrays, unplanned and unsupervised, and survived.
– I participated in a flash mob.
– I have met two NBA players: Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Lebron James. You can guess which one I liked better.
– I toured the English countryside from a train. The rolling green hills are just as beautiful as they look in movies.
– I rode a “bobsled” down a portion of the Smoky Mountains.
– I shopped at the Mall of America. Quite frankly, it sounds cooler than it really is.
– I drove the same route as President Kennedy when he was assassinated in 1963. Eerie, but interesting.
– I’ve gone horseback riding.
– I stood at the most southern point of the United States.
– I played Russian Roulette at a casino and won $50. Beginner’s luck.
– Brian and I starred in the Love & Marriage Game Show. Okay, so it was on a cruise, only in front of a few hundred shipmates, and we lost. But, it sure was fun.
– In my wallet, I carry an official ‘Friend of Police’ card. Thank you, Brett!
– I started this blog which brings me one step closer to fulfilling my lifelong dream of writing a book. Maybe one day.