We all have a bucket list and even if you don’t there are a few things you’ve identified that you have to do. I’m just like you. Over the past few days, I acknowledged the things I want to do as soon as he is he goes away to school. It may be safe to say these are the things I want to do after he turns 18. It may not be impressive to you but I wanted to share and document it for myself. Lord knows I don’t need another list running around me. :)
1. Watch the sun rise (DAILY).
In the summer of 2014, I moved right on the Detroit River. Two years have passed and everybody has been trying to figure out why I’m not in my backyard more often. I don’t even have the answer to that. Sometimes when I’m on my way to work, I look at the sunrise in my rearview mirror and I’m amazed. The sight fills my spirit with optimism. In the future, I’d like to take the time, have a cup of tea and take it all in every day.
2. Discover USA via Amtrak
Train travel is exciting to me. It’s not as quick as planes, involved as a car or luxurious as a cruise ship. It’s practical. This mode of transportation takes you to a time when this was the fastest method known to man. There’s a great percentage of this vast land that I haven’t seen. I didn’t realize Amtrak serviced so many destinations on my list of places to see. The fares are relatively cheap. A round trip from Detroit to St. Louis was $162.00. Chicago is the central hub of all the activity. So, the plan is to travel to Chicago every other month and journey into one of these foreign places to experience them. I might not make it to the West coast via train but the other locations look rather exciting.
3. Travel to Europe
My passport expires Feb 2018 and I still haven’t made it across the Atlantic Ocean. This will come to an end next year. I’m gifting myself a European vacation for my 18 years of parenthood. You can call this a Pull Gift – you know the reverse of the Push Gift. :) (The one I wear almost every day.) I haven’t narrowed down the exact location but the contenders are:
You’ll be the 2nd to know where I’ve decided to go. ;)
4. Purchase a home in Detroit
I’ve been renting for a couple of years now. Let me tell you – I don’t like it at all. The amount of money I’ve paid out in the last 2 years was enough to purchase a small bungalow in Detroit. The jig is up next year. This year I have been focused on resolving some concerns on my credit report and rehabilitating my credit score. My hopes are to raise it enough that I will not need a special program to purchase. The downtown Detroit market is booming. This area is first on my list due to my 7-10 work commute. Right now, I am unsure if I want a house or condo. I’ll know what’s best for me when I get there. This probably should’ve been number one but who’s judging me. lol
5. Start an aquarium
This originally said get a dog or start an aquarium. Then I did a “what type of dog is best for you” quiz. Let’s just say the results didn’t appeal to me. So, the fish won. I know owning a saltwater tank is hard work but I have a secret method. My dad! He’s the guru on aquatic life and starting aquariums. The freedom of fish is very calming to me. I would get a bird but I’m terrified of them. The dog would have made a great companion but considering my work schedule and travel plans that might not be the best idea. I’ll swim with the fish and allow my dad to teach me how to maintain it.
6. Start dream car project
It’s hard to be from Michigan and not have muscle car dreams. This is the ‘Motor City.’ Home of the Woodward Dream Cruise. On my vision board you will see several old model vehicles and I plan to start that collection soon. The 1st vehicle I have selected is the classic 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS. I don’t want to trick it out. My vision is to restore it to its showroom beauty. I have found a forum to purchase from and gather parts. In addition, I plan to do part of the work. I bet you can guess what the exterior color will be. #itsMyFav This will become my Friday/Saturday car.
7. Learn to play piano
I’ve always wanted to purchase a piano. Where’s the joy in owning a piano if you can’t play. Over the next several years I will make this dream a reality. I think you all know how important music is to me. Yes, I may not become Roberta Flack but I will enjoy the learning opportunity.
There may be more things I want to do with this newfound freedom. This is just a quick list off the top of my head that I wanted to share with you. Just a few things to encourage my happiness. :)