Friday, February 22, 2013

Before I Die

#Beforeidieiwanna is trending on Twitter right now, and since I was drawing a blank as to what to write, here goes.

Before I die, I want to see my grandchildren, and hopefully my great-grandchildren.  I want to hug Caleb really tight before he marries the love of his life.  I want to cry at his high school graduation, his college graduation, his wedding.  I want to laugh about how funny he is and go a day without griping at him, remembering that he won't be little long.

Before I die, I want to see Wallace win a district basketball tournament... and I'd really like to see us go to state.  I'd like to see him pace up and down the court a few more times, and maybe even get a couple more technicals.  I'd like to see him recognized for what a great guy he is, even when he's a jerk.

Before I die, I want to see lots and lots of nursing students go on to make a difference in the lives of others.  I want to instill in them the importance of their profession, and remind them that someone believes in them, even when they don't believe in themselves.

I want to make sure I make more time to sit on my Grandma Na's front porch and swing with her like we did when I was little. I want to rock on my Grandma Bert's back porch.  I want to hear my Grandpa Paul laugh and see my Papaw Jr. smile...and freeze those moments, because that's what is important.  These people have made me who I am.

I want to discuss the Bible more with my Dad and listen to his perspective.  I want to spend time with Mom, because she's my best friend.  I want to hold a couple more nieces and nephews and see Kami on ESPN, or preferably have her get me on the sidelines for a Steelers game.

Before I die, I want to see Paris.  I want to see Hawaii.  I want to ride in a hot air balloon.  I want to dip my toes in the Pacific Ocean, see the ball drop in Times Square in NYC, visit Disney World again.  I want to get my doctorate and write a book and go to the Super Bowl, and the NCAA Final Four. Preferably to watch the Steelers and UK.  I want to visit the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore and go back to Niagra Falls, and see Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

Before I die, I want to remember how it feels to be loved just as I am.  Before I die, I want to make sure I make every minute count, and make sure I am a light in this dark world. Before I die, I want to fully appreciate that His grace is sufficient, which means that I don't have to enough, because He is.  I want to live life to the fullest, because we're never promised tomorrow.

That being said, there's a lot of living to be done... because He came so that we could have life, and more abundantly.  Now... in this moment.  What's your bucket list?

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