written by Laramie:
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What would you like to do or where would you like to go before you "kicked the bucket?" What would you like to accomplish before "it's too late?" The answers to these questions, as you probably know, would make up your personal "bucket list." Have you ever had the urge to make up a reasonable and achievable list? A list that would be within your power to satisfy, if you made a serious, all out effort, one which you would be willing to make sacrifices for, if you had to, in order to fulfill it. As they say, you only go around once, and life has an expiration date, so why not enjoy the ride. Why would you, and probably most people, balk at such a task? Thinking it would cost too much? Maybe it would interfere with plans already made, not necessarily exciting plans, but plans never the less. Maybe you suppose your partner would object? Maybe you'd lose your job, you think, or go too far in debt, or maybe you just don't have the courage or the strength to go through with it. It's very easy, sometimes, to find reasons not to do some of the things we really want to do. And when it's too late, we look back and wish we had taken that chance. In the final analysis, maybe it's the things we don't do that determines whether or not we have lived a happy, successful life. A life we can look back on and say, "I'm satisfied. If I had it to do over, I wouldn't change a thing."
Just for fun, take a moment and make your personal "bucket list." Share it, or not, with family and friends. Wonder, "Could I?" Let the fantasy take you where ever you'd like to be, doing whatever it is you've dreamed about doing. Maybe you'd like to sail down the Nile from Cairo, or camel up to Timbukto, or go see Casablanca in Morocco, or hitch a ride to Katmandu. How about a cruise to Bora Bora, a hike up to MachuPicchu, a walk on the Wall of China, or lay on deck of the QEll. Maybe, if you're lucky, and you have the resolve, you could make that dream could come true.
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