Sunday, July 31, 2011

Bucket List/Being Lucky

Several people over the last few weeks have asked me if I have a bucket list. I have never sat down and actually made a list, but maybe I should. Before my diagnosis, I used to say "before I die I want to do _______". Then sometimes I would get into my head that once I did that particular thing I was for sure going to die. So I started thinking of multiple things so I wouldn't exhaust my list. So, maybe that is why I don't write it down. However, since my diagnosis some of the things I had thought before I wanted to do, don't appeal to me as much. My priorities have certainly changed.

I've read a couple of articles lately about improving your odds of being lucky. I'm not sure that is really a true statement as I thought lucky always meant by chance something fortunate happened to you. So strategically planning something isn't by chance. But several things that may have been on my bucket list at some point have happened because I was at the right place at the right time (like meeting certain people) -- that may be considered luck -- but when I think of it I had probably put myself in a certain spot in order for that to happen even though it wasn't a conscious decision on my part. I'm not sure I'm explaining this the best way I can -- but I think of a bucket list as something you concsiously set out to do and then achieve it.

Some things I've always wanted to do or have:

Go to Australia
Win a tennis tournament
Shoot a hole in one
Meet Maria Shriver
Own a red Mazda Miata
Have a screened in porch
Be skinny
Make a difference to someone

Some of these I've achieved, some I haven't.

What's on your bucket list?


Lee said...

Go to Thailand (again) & Australia

Learn ASL--I only know Signed English now for hard of hearing son

Make my kids happy daily

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beth said...

Hi Kris,
I was a student in Dr. Glass' gerontology class at UGA last fall when you came and gave a presentation on your experience.

Just wanted to let you know I have checked your blog every so often since then and you provide a lot of great insight to living with Alzheimer's - I frequently think of your comments from that lecture.