Ride a camel.These are things that I think about occasionally, that would just be so awesome to do. But isn't a bucket list supposed to be full of things you want to do before you die? So while chillin' with the penguins, up to my ears in cold would be great, I would not count my life as incomplete were I to die without fulfilling these fantasies.
Live in Scotland.
Own a massive boat.
Go to Antarctica.
Be on a talk show...
But if we're thinking about things to do before death, what's really important? What do I need to do with my life in order to have lived well?
Learn.And these things, I don't need to travel or have a lot of money [or literary brilliance] to do them. I can do them right now, where I am in my life. I can do them every day until, as my grandfather says, I 'graduate.' And that's kind of cool.
Bring more hope than pain.
I know they look abstract, but with abstractions in my heart, fueling my life, out comes concrete fruit. Little things: smiles, listening, encouragement. That's what I sit with, that is always my goal. Little things every day.
But I think I'll still be sad if I never get published.