In my 2 days being pretty much bed and couch bound (gallbladder disease is fun!) I managed to catch up a bit on the paper. We subscribe to the Washington Post which is generally horribly written and misses the point 99% of the time so generally I only read the Style section and sometimes the Metro section and catch the rest of the news through the NY Times online (thanks Lincoln for my free 1 year subscription).
Anyhoodle, a letter in Carolyn Hax a couple of days ago spurred something in me. The author discussed having a bucket life rather than a bucket list. He said "You know, alcoholics and addicts spend an inordinate amount of time sitting on barstools talking about what they are “going to do someday." He challenged readers to "Do something new every year and every year will be a gift of extraordinary value."
This led me to think of what I would like to do in the next few years to increase the value of my life.
1. Learn to fiddle. I played the violin pretty well between 8-14 but I hated playing classical music. I'd love to dust the violin off and learn to fiddle.
2. Learn some sort of martial art. I'm not a violent person by nature but I like the idea of a sport you can practice barefoot and the disipline. I might do something like Krav Maga or Capoeira rather than Karate or Tae Kwon Do.
3. Learn to cross stitch. I didn't really have much patience for knitting because it took so long to create anything of value. But I love the idea of learning to cross stitch. I may find this is also a problem.
4. Learn to sew. I mean in theory I know how to sew I took home ec but I would like to learn to sew well enough that if I have kids I can make halloween costumes or fix a hem or sew on a button.
5. Learn to can. (safely). I have made a number of cake in a jars for my deployed loves but I don't know if that is safe/legal canning. I would love to learn how to create things and can them to be eaten later. Tomato sauce, jams, jellys etc.
What do you have on your bucket life?