dreamI’ve been doing some dreaming about things I’d like to do some day — thinking about my Bucket List, if you will. Most people have encountered the term, which simply means a list of the things you’d like to do or accomplish at some point in your life.

Full disclosure — I’ve never seen the movie The Bucket List. Have you? Although I haven’t seen the movie, the concept is intriguing. Besides, it’s always good to dream, even if those dreams seem unattainable. As Langston Hughes counsels us in this poem, “Hold fast to your dreams.”

There are arguments for and against bucket lists. Some see them as a good tool for expanding a person’s horizons, some see them as a challenge, some see them as potentially limiting one’s focus to just the items on one’s list, or as a form of one-upmanship. I see them as an opportunity to dream, hope, wish, plan — to see possibilities and to open oneself to them.

Julie Hedlund has an amazing list in the “about” section of her blog. My list isn’t that extensive, nor as well organized, but these are some of the things I’d love to do — some of the dreams that I would like to work toward making reality.

Many bloggers have just finished the April A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. I didn’t take part this year, but apparently my mind works in ABCs, anyway, so here’s my bucket list (or at least part of it) arranged alphabetically. With my comments about each thing, the list grew too long for one post, so I’ve split it in two. The next part will be posted next Friday.

One caveat: I’m not going to try to force it and put something for each letter just for the sake of doing so (X, I’m looking at you!) so there may be some blanks. There’s always room for new dreams in any list, so blank spaces can symbolize that.

Here’s my ABC Bucket List, as of May 1, 2015 (subject to change, as we all are):

Acting: I’d love to do more acting, but finding time for rehearsals? Ah, there’s the rub. Some day!

Broadway: This is not an indication that I want to do A’s acting on Broadway! I do, however, want to see a Broadway play some day, preferably a musical. If I could go tomorrow, I’d want to see Wicked and The King and I. (And … and … and … )

Carter: I would love to meet Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter. Former President Carter has been one of my heroes since his presidency. (Little trivia fact: he announced he was going to run for president on my 18th birthday!) He continues to do amazing work through The Carter Center at the age of 90 (!) and Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter works alongside him, as well as being a strong advocate for mental health issues through the Carter Center and for caregivers through the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving.

Dublin: I want to visit Dublin. There is so much to see there. Besides, I have friends there!

Directing: (Does having two Ds make up for not having an X?) By this one, I mean not only being open to doing some directing myself (I’ve been a choir director, and I’m intrigued by theatrical directing) but I’d really like to be able to watch a top-notch theatre or film director in action.

England: I want to go to England again. And again. And again.

Fit: I want my next car to be a Honda Fit.

Ghost Tour: Specifically, I’d like to go on the Ghost Tour/Walk that the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum in Sag Harbor, New York, hosts around Hallowe’en each year. (The link I’ve given is for last year’s event. It will give you the idea.)

Hastings: Part of that desire to go to England again is that I want to visit the site of the Battle of Hastings, appropriately called Battle, in East Sussex. There are many places in East Sussex I’d like to visit while I’m there. Trivia time: my interest in history was kindled years ago by a historical novel about the wife of Harold II, who was defeated by William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings.

Improvisation: I’d like to learn to be able to let loose and improvise on the piano. I had one amazing one-hour lesson with jazz pianist Louise Rose several years ago, but that just barely dipped beneath the surface of all there is to learn.

Jaunts with Jan: My friend Jan got me traveling again after years of inertia, and I am so grateful to her. We’ve had some wonderful trips and met some amazing people. Here’s to many more such trips!

Part Two will be posted on Friday, May 8th. What do you suppose is on it?

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