What follows a reverse bucket list posted yesterday? A future bucket list! Skipping merrily over the present bucket list, which is happening so fast I can’t write about it, except to paraphrase Thich Nhat Hanh who says ‘we have every condition we need for joy in the present moment.’
#1 Attend a Buddhist retreat for longer than a day because: a) I want to see if I can handle sitting longer than I already do, b) I want to understand how to transmute suffering to benefit self and others, c) I want to pause the daily sound and frenetic energy I am bombarded with in daily life, d) attempt to get past my lifelong body-mind disconnect (love mind and spirit, struggle with the body).
#2 Learn as much as I can about medicinal/edible plants and fungi from wise people and nature.
#3 Hike at least 10 Cascade Mountain trails or climb a mountain. Or a large hill.
#4 Snowshoe and ski for the first time.
#5 Complete the Oregon portion of the Pacific Crest Trail.
#6 Buy a tent and backpack and gear.
#7 Publish a book of 50 poems.
#8 Find a skilled carpenter to help me build a tiny house (200-300 sq ft) in the woods and build it.
(Photo credit: Brian Schulz, builder)
#9 Earn enough money for #6 and #8. Okay that doesn’t sound fun based on my past ways of earning money, so possibly barter services? I could make bathtubs of organic vegetarian soup or write you poems in exchange for a backpack, a tent, and a house.
#10 See the Northern Lights (movie at U of Alaska Fairbanks does not count, even though it was cool).