What I’ve Done in Life Summarized

Kay put this in a Thinking Cap post and said whoever wanted to could steal it and put in their blog, so I took her literally and here it is. As I read her entry, I couldn’t help noting what she had done that I hadn’t. Sort sums it up, doesn’t it? I extend Kay’s generosity and issue my own invitation to others to steal this and summarize their lives too. I’ve done the things in blue, and didn’t do the things in black, and couldn’t resist commenting in red! I’m such a blabber mouth in my blog; you’d be surprised how quiet I am in person.)

1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars (Slept in a car under the stars, does that count?)
3. Played in a band (Wish I coulda.)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity (I’m a careful spender and only give what I can afford, whatever that says about me!)
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain (but not all the way to the top)
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo (and for two desperate for singer brides at their weddings.)
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightning at sea
14. Taught myself an art from scratch (most of what I do I taught myself)
15. Adopted a child (looked into it, back when we were still young and idealistic; in the 70’s Hubby and I were considered a “racially mixed couple” and adoption agencies didn’t want us–unless we’d accept a handicapped child–so we gave up.)
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown my own vegetables.
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France.
20. Slept on an overnight train (went all the way from New Delhi to Madras–the only way I like to travel in India.)
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked (Not my idea, but there’s a funny story around it I’ll share here some day!)
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill (poetic justice prevailed and I got sick.)
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb (held–and hand raised–lots of other animals though.)
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run.
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself a new language (pig Latin doesn’t count, does it?)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
(I’ve seen the one in Caesars in Las Vegas.)
41. Sung karaoke
Seen Old Faithful
geyser erupt (but it wasn’t as spectacular as I’d thought it would be–getting old and tired like me.)
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant (tried to once, but was turned down. Yep! There’s a story there, too.)
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had my portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing (I went, but the weather turned bad and the boat crew had to turn back. Still counts, right?)
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason (Back when he was young and romantic Hubby would stop and pick bouquets of wildflowers on his way home from work. Then I started sneezing.)
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma (Tried to, but they don’t like my blood–I survived hepatitis many years ago.)
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (from both my kids’ childhoods.)
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar (Won’t eat fish roe either!)
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades (not an official tour, but we went once)
75. Been fired from a job.
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book (a family cookboo and I did it all myself, including printed.)
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible (too violent!)
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life (Successfully did the Heimlich on daughter when she was around nine years old.)
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake (Swim is stretching it, but I have waded and bogged down in it!)
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone (But not anymore)
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Ridden an elephant (and a Yak, too!)

8 thoughts on “What I’ve Done in Life Summarized

  1. Actually, Alice, we did a lot of the same things. I’m glad you did this — I’ve had fun seeing what my friends have been up to across the years. I swiped it from Judy (kenju).

    Playing in the high school band was hardly cool — especially wiith zero musical talent. (My daughter playing in jazz bands is cool –marching band is not. She has that ‘tude that bass guitarists always seem to have.)

    I look at that list and see a lot of things that I hope to see or do one day.

  2. We have to answer these three questions before we are called up and this life is meaningful in the actual sense of the word:

    1. What have we done with our life, in as far as our relationship with our Creator?

    2. What have we done with and how we have spent our property that is trusted upon us?

    3. Our times on this earth, how and what have we used it for?

  3. You may be right Azahar, but I think you might have taken this post far too seriously. It was never meant to be a real summary of my life, and I feel confident “my creator”–whoever or whatever–that is, knows what I’ve really done with my life.

  4. I find that the more we do, the more we experience, and the more we achieve makes us much better humans. Riding a yak, for example, broadens one’s life and makes a great blog. It’s the Heirarchy of Needs thing. Then we can give, and that usually makes people very happy.

  5. This was such fun to read, Alice! I will have to swipe and do it myself as I was thinking my answers as I read yours. I had never thought of myself as saving a life but I recalled several instances when my children or pets would have died had I not been there. It’s fun to put memory to work on these things and was very enjoyable to read yours!

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