Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I Wanna

A few years back (ohhh, maybe about 13 or so), a lady I worked with encouraged me to make a "Spirit List", listing all the things I want to do in the short term or accomplish in life.

Although this is by no means an exhaustive list, and it veers off into the wacky zone a bit, I wanted to share it with you.

I Wanna...

  • Sing the national anthem at a hockey game. I prefer “The Star Spangled Banner” to “O Canada” so it would have to be a night on which a U.S. team was visiting and I could sing both.

  • Be a novelist. I would give up teaching (and all that dratted marking) in a split second if I knew for sure I could make money writing.

  • Have a baby… but I won’t because I’m almost 40 and I have no desire to do all the work that accompanies having another baby.

  • Live in Paris

  • Rid my house of all the unwanted/unneeded stuff we’ve accumulated in the past 18 years.

  • Design a best-selling quilt pattern… or a line of fabric.

  • Strip the paint off all the woodwork in my house. Who does that anyway, paints over gorgeous wood? Lazy bums couldn’t be bothered to sand and revarnish.

  • Host a fabulous party (and invite all of you).

  • Fit into the medieval costume I made 4 years ago for Halloween. It’s a bit snug… almost there. Update: tried it on this weekend and it fits!!! I won’t be able to sit down in it, though.

  • Spend time with my best friend Cheryl because I miss her.

  • Play a musical instrument. I used to play the French horn, but it’s now gathering dust in my dining room.

  • Buy back the Prince Edward Island house we sold in April. I’m still so sad about that house. The people who bought it, promising they were going to live there as artists, just flipped it.

  • Be positive all the time and inspire other people.

  • Volunteer for something really worthwhile.

So, what do you wanna do? Really, what would you put on your Spirit List?

I wanna know...


PunkiePie said...

Now you're going to make me think. I'll have to give this one a try.

And how heartbreaking about the PEI house! I would use some harsh language here but I'm a lady... HA! ;)

Barb said...

What a great list....you have me reflecting on my own life and the wanna's.....

I just want to live on a big piece of land, have a garden, flowers and spend my days sewing...but most of all I wanna grandbaby.

LillySue said...

A sweet tiny cottage in the country with a big garden. Owning a little bakery. Finding someone who gets me and really loves me!

Tracey said...

Well I'm right there with ya on the going to Paris! I'm trying to scrimp and save and get myself there (well and the hubs too) next Spring! Great list!!

:) T

Sara said...

I have a list - I haven't put it on my new blog but, I will...

I'll make you a deal - I think sometime in the next 5 years - you and I should go live in Paris for the summer...It will take me time to save up - so that's why so long - but, it would be such fun!!!

hey, if we are going to dream let's dream big...

goldenbird said...

That's a great list! I share some of your dreams, like writing a novel. I've never been to Paris but would love to visit (Italy and Greece, too). I'll have to give more thought to my Spirit List. The one thing I really want though is time ... lots and lots of time to read, nap, craft, write, and cook. I just never seem to have enough time for everything. I know you can relate.

Sorry you are disappointed in the folks who bought the PEI house and flipped it.

Thimbleanna said...

Great list Rachel! And doesn't that make you mad about the house? Oh well, hopefully someone will love it and take good care of it.

As for me, I'd like to start with one simple wish: Quit. My. Job.
I'd follow it by: Live part-time in the UK.

It's a short list. Simple and totally achieveable. In another life LOL.

julia said...

What a wonderful list. I have been thinking about making such a list. I would have to give some thought to it, though. Being a novelist is definitely one thing that would be on it. I want to write fiction for middle aged children. I've almost finished a picture book for little ones. To get it published would be awesome.
I'll come to your party!!!!

Cheryl said...

Lovely comments Rachel. I love your list. I made one too after you challenged. I'm sad about your PEI house too, it was awesome. Plus it means your far away again, at least you were home part time!

AuroraSuzette said...

It sounds insane, as I'm older, with 4 kids, but really, I always wanted to be a flower girl! Maybe because I'm named for the one in my parent's wedding. I like your list, and posting it reminds me to reflect.

What Comes Next? said...

wonderful list! hmmm - the challenge has been made - I'm going to have to go create one of my own! Thanks!
some people swear by vision boards - making your list graphic or into a poster and having it where you can see it all the time - can't hurt, and it would be a creative outlet, as well!

Janean said...

own another convertible.