Last week, fellow blogger at A La Mode, and my best friend since sixth grade, Baille, attended a Shoot For Change event in the DC Metro area. The theme for fundraiser was “What I Live For”, which allowed attendees to portray their life’s passions in professional photographs. In a participatory spirit, everyone brought something with them that represented their passion in life; the photos were put on display along with short essays about what each attendee’s passion meant for them.
Had I not been clear across the country trying to teach myself how to run, I would have loved to have the opportunity to attend such an event. Not only because proceeds went to a great cause, but I love to getting to know other people and what they are passionate about.
Passion is a powerful force that can will you to do things beyond what you thought was possible. When you find something that you brain finds so amazing that it lights a fire inside of you, it can lift you from the deepest of funks and pull you away from the brink complacency.
I could easily say that I am a human of many passions. I love cooking. I love dancing. I love music.I love getting to know people very well (I also love figuring them out before they think they’ve revealed themselves). I love movies. I love exploring new places. I love taking pictures. I love hugging people.I love being philosophical. I love watching shows on Discovery Health about rare genetic diseases and 200 pound tumors. I could go on for days. But really… as I have come to discover quite recently… all of these things stem from what is apparently my true passion: learning.
Who would have thought? The girl who has been dragging her feet through her undergrad years kicking and screaming and changing majors several times, as it turns out, loves learning (this actually could explain the numerous major changing). I can’t get enough of it. I love learning new things about people, places, things, life, myself, the old hippie that hangs out in Pike Place… everything. If I ever get to a point in my life where I feel as though I have nothing more to learn and no more growing to do.. I might as well end it right there.
And this is how I know that learning is my passion… because my longing to learn new and more awesome things prevents me from becoming complacent. It influences my actions without me even realizing it. It causes me to put my body and mind in new and interesting situations and I long to gather meaning from those experiences. I love finding new and different ways to view the world around me and everything that is in it. And I never want to stop.
So what is your passion? What do you live for?
In an earlier post I talked about my personal bucket list . When my husband and I started dating we started couples bucket list based on the idea that we are hellbent on never becoming stagnant in life or in our relationship. As we experience new things our list continues to grow, but I thought I would share what we have so far!
1. Volunteer in a foreign country
2. Cook everything is Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”
3. See Radiohead live
4. Eat frog’s legs
5. Take a cruise
6. Visit Europe
7. Learn how to make sushi (we have a kit and dvd.. just gotta get around to it!)
8. Go camping (He’s been. I haven’t. He’s convinced it’ll traumatize me)
9. Learn to speak Korean (we really want to learn as many languages as possible, but Korean is at the top of the list)
10. Ride a camel
11. Ride every ride at Six Flags
12. Go golfing together (we’ve been to a driving range… but I gave myself “golfer’s elbow”.. whoops!)
13. Swim naked in the ocean… once young… once after we’re 60
14. Get arrested when we are elderly
15. Revisit Hawaii for a second honeymoon
16. Embarrass our kids on their first dates (we’re open to suggestions for how to go about this)
17. Smoke pot together
18. Kiss every time we are on an elevator ✔
19. Jump off the rock in Waimea Bay together (he’s done it alone, but we didn’t get a chance to jump together before we moved because the giant waves (I mean GIANT) started coming in before we had a chance to get to the beach)
20. Buy fancy clothes (because we both feel weird dressed up)
21. Eat at a gourmet restaurant for our anniversary each year.
22. If shit ever gets so bad in our relationship that we can’t fix it… we have no choice but to conclude that there is no hope for love in the world… and we have to destroy the planet
23. Be the greatest couple in the history of mankind ✔
24. Have director based movie marathons ✔ (So far we’ve done Terry Gilliam and the Coen Brothers. Michael Mann and Stanley Kubrick are next)
25. Buy two male beta fish just to watch them fight. Loser has to cook dinner for a week wearing only an apron and chef’s hat
26. Take an aerial tour of Oahu
32. Urbanspoon day once a month (this entails using the “shake” feature on the Urbanspoon app and eating at where ever it tells us. Price point and neighborhood can be set, and you can skip chain restaurants… but other than that.. you eat where it tells you) (We’re starting this month!)
33. Go to the zoo ✔ (we went to the one in Honolulu… but really it’s just “go to as many zoos possible”)
Do you and your other half have a bucket list? What would you want to be on it?
In 2009 I had a blog that served very little purpose except for me to ramble on about random things. It was entertaining, for sure, but it lacked direction… as did I at the time. One day I composed a bucket list for the blog full of absolutely random goals and things I wanted to accomplish. Today I looked at that list and chuckled. Some of it was pretty solid, but other goals seem silly now.
I’ve always loved the idea of a bucket list to keep track of the things one would want to do with their life. As we get older, and as we grow as people it’s not uncommon for our idea of happiness to change, and with that the things on the bucket list will change. And that’s perfectly fine. The significance of this list it to give your life a place to aim so that you can achieve happiness along the way. Happiness is not the goal… it’s not the end.. it’s the means. So this is my revised bucket list.
1. Get married ✔✔
2. Have children (putting this one off for a bit)
Choreograph a decent dance and post it on YouTube
4. See the ruins of Pompeii
5. Drink a can of beer without hating every second of it ✔ (it was a raspberry lambic in a glass.. that technically came from a bottle… but a beer nonetheless)
6. Decorate a house so well the people think I hired someone (slowly but surely working on this one)
Own a Volkswagon Bus it would still be cool… but it’s not a priority
8. successfully grow a tree
Grow, harvest and roast my own sunflower seeds
10. Have my parents owe me money rather than the other way around (this has slowly become more difficult to obtain)
11. See a professional Nutcracker
12. Create my own cookie recipe to pass on to my children
Visit Iceland not a priority
14. Write a memoir… or a piece of fiction loosely based on reality
15. Make photography a hobby… but be really good (I sort of achieved this… then lost access to a camera… so it’s staying on the list)
16. See the LaBrea Tar Pits
New Editions in 2012
17. Complete a 5k and a mud run (someone PLEASE do a mud run with me!!!!!)
18. Do this epic yoga pose
19. Go on a cruise
20. Do some volunteer work
21. Have someone want to pay me for a photo I’ve taken
22. Eat at a fancy gourmet restaurant
23. Cook food that looks/tastes like a fancy gourmet restaurant
24. Raise children that are comfortable in their skin and proud of who they are.
My husband and I have a joint bucket list we complied.. I’d share it but it’s somewhere on his computer. But I do think it includes getting arrested as elderly folk and destroying the world if we let our relationship fail…
I have no clue if I will achieve all of these things. Maybe in three years I’ll go back and get rid of a few of them again. Who knows. But honestly, looking at my list… it looks like if I even attempt any of them, I’ll be living a fun and happy life.. and that’s the real goal.
So what’s on your bucket list?