Happy St. Paddy's birthday to me!
Normally, I try to keep my vital stats low key.
Then again, given the roads I've traveled - many of them unpaved - I'm sort of awed to be here.
So, I claimed a 'mental health' day off, and a little later DH is taking me to the Promised Land (i.e., Cheesecake Factory).
...and, I'm thinking to stop and buy myself a green carnation. Some may recall, I really dislike hothouse 'cut' flowers. Except carnations. Family legend has it, I received my first green corsage as a toddler - a tradition my father observed each year until his death some 30 years later.
I'm not one for a lot of celebration, and in fact, have never tasted green beer. This year I'm feeling particularly reflective. There are decisions to be weighed and timelines needing drafted. It almost feels like New Years Eve all over again.
What better time than to re-visit my original bucket list!
While a few still qualify as 'possible', I suppose it's time I shelve the Improbable.
In no particular order, my 'for realsies' Bucket List ...
- Watch the sunrise from a front-row bench at Grand Canyon's north rim
- Enjoy a trans-Atlantic cruise
- Revisit Austria, as an adult ... and perhaps take a whirl on a luge
- Shuffle and stutter-step my way around Rockefeller Center's ice rink
- Experience a Girl's Get-away with a few close friends, tbd ( ...any takers?)
- Return to Tuscany
- Hop a horse-drawn carriage for a leisurely evening ride through Central Park
- Observe the fire boats turning Chicago's river kelly green, then nosh at Billy Goat's
- RV across this great US of A and (hopefully) meet you ... and you ... and you over there! :)
You'd think I could come up with more than these 9, wouldn't you?
To be honest, I've had some improbably-incredible Life Experiences - unsolicited, all. Some leave me appreciative ...others embarrassed ... all humbling.
In closing, I love what the author Sarah ban Breathnach has to say about birthdays. Perhaps you might, as well?
".....Many people who love you will try, but no-one can celebrate your birthday exactly the way you need for it to be observed.
That’s because no-one knows the year you’ve just completed; no one else has lived it."
Thank you for being a part of my life!
Hugs from Phoenix!