I’m starting another regular feature here on the Pursuit of God. One of the elements of my own pursuit has been this blog itself – simply forcing myself to put into words some things that I have been experiencing or pondering. In order to help facilitate that process, and to help my writing, I’m starting “Topic Tuesday” (the other #tt). In Topic Tuesday posts, I will take a randomly generated blog prompt and write a post based on it. The consistent practice of forcing myself to write a post on a given topic will hopefully help me become a better writer, which should make PoG more enjoyable for everyone.
Today’s topic: 10 Things I Want to Accomplish Before It’s Too Late.
In no particular order…
1) Skydiving – This has been on my “bucket list” since I was in elementary school. Airplanes (which I love)? Check. Element of crazy? Check. Exhilaration of facing down Death? Check.
2) Having kids – For me, “too late” for having kids doesn’t mean when my wife and I are no longer physically able to bear children, but rather when I’m no longer physically able to engage and play with them. I want to be the one who teaches my kids how to play baseball, football, etc. I want to be able to take them camping, hiking, white-water rafting, and stuff like that. I want to have those experiences with my family firsthand, to live a truly great adventure with them.
3) Breaking the sound barrier – Also on my bucket list since forever, this one became a little harder to reach since the put the Concorde out to pasture. It would have been pricey, but still way easier than catching a faster-than-sound ride in a military jet.
4) Getting a graduate degree – In total honesty, part of me just really wants the title “Master”… But the bigger part of me really just wants to be a lifelong learner. I know that there is so much more out there for me to learn in my current field, and I have at least a passing interest in about 10 other fields.
5) Seeing a baseball game in the remaining great old parks – In my lifetime, the greatest old ballparks in existence have been the old Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park, and Wrigley Field. I missed out on the old Yankee Stadium, and there have been some discussions in recent years about closing Fenway. I really want to get at least 2 out of 3. The history and tradition of those places is incredible, and I just want to experience it once. Wearing my Atlanta Braves hat, of course…
6) Becoming a published author – I’ve always loved writing. It’s only been recently (within the last 5 years or so) that I’ve gotten interested in the process a little more. I know full-well that it’s sort of a long-shot dream, but it would be awesome to have a book published. For me, it would probably have to be a non-fiction book of some sort. I just don’t know if I have the “Great American Novel” in me.
7) Becoming completely debt-free – I mean completely, totally, unconditionally free from all financial debts to anyone.
8) Create something lasting and beautiful – Classic song? Enduring work of art? Idea that changes the world? I’m not sure it matters. I want to create something that is beautiful and will positively impact people well beyond my own personal contact with them.
9) Rock-solid, tight-knit family – This might end up being my “something lasting and beautiful” from #8. Between my actual family and friends who have become like family, I have experienced this in my own life, and I want to pass that on to my own kids. I want them to be able to take stock of the people in their life and feel as blessed as I do.
10) Pass on what I’ve learned to others – Not that I feel like I have any special knowledge or anything… I enjoy teaching and mentoring, and it would be awesome to know that something I said or modeled actually sunk in to a young mind and made a difference.
So that’s my list. What are some things you want to accomplish before it’s too late?