“my wish list for life”…written when I was 19

18 Jul

(me with my skydiving instructor on my 24th birthday after our jump, 2006)

In an attempt to find some inspiration for my new goal list this week I turned to the “wish list for life” that I wrote when I was 19 (I’ve always been a list maker). I am SO happy that I actually found it because it seriously cracked me up. Who knew that “play with a monkey” and “have a baby” could be on the same list. After reading the list I realized that while some things change completely in 10 years…some things stay exactly the same…

my wish list for life (written at 19)

-spend a summer in Italy (this still sounds lovely. I’d take France too)

-have a baby (yeah, I still want one of those)

-have a happy marriage (how nice that I clarified happy, huh?)

-act in a play (definitely don’t want to accomplish this anymore. My days as an actress were fleeting…and painful…for others to endure)

-own an apartment in New York (I’m not going to tell you that this wouldn’t be nice but it’s not a top priority. I’d rather own one in LA first)

-publish my writing (you elusive little sh*t…i’m still after you)

-volunteer with children (YES)

-take my mother on a trip to New York (how cute is this? I’d still love to take my mama on a trip…anywhere she wants)

-scuba dive (ehhhh, considering I am claustrophobic and scared of the deep ocean I’m going to say I no longer want to conquer this)

-get close to a shark (ummmm no idea why I put this on the list. I plead insanity)

-travel to Japan (YES)

-learn how to make sushi (considering how much sushi I consume on a weekly basis this may still need to be accomplished)

-learn how to drive a sports car well (who do I think I am? I can’t even drive a stick shift…although I will admit that this still sounds fun)

-swim with dolphins (CHECK! Such a fun experience)

-complete my family tree (I’d also love to visit Ireland)

-travel to Africa (DYING to do this still)

-fly in a private jet (CHECK! this was soooooo much fun until the landing…big planes are cooler)

-teach a class (I would still love to do this but the question still remains…what kind of class?)

-win an Oscar or at least get nominated (or at least get nominated? Hysterical, right? this falls under the same category as act in a play…no interest anymore)

-travel to Thailand (DYING to do this still)

-buy a home by the age of 28 (screwed that one up)

-donate to a cause (rather broad huh?)

-go camping ( CHECK!)

-go sky diving (CHECK!)

-build a bonfire on a beach (CHECK!)

-go skinny dipping in a lake (very strange thing to put on a list but I will admit it still sounds kinda fun)

-play with a monkey (I guess I can understand why I put this on the list…monkeys are pretty cool)

-learn how to play poker well (meh…don’t really care anymore)

-learn to live in the moment (I think I have gotten pretty good at this but it’s still something I work at…daily)

-drive across the USA (CHECK!)

 -eat dinner on a yacht (I mean sure…why not)

-learn how to meditate (CHECK!)


14 Responses to ““my wish list for life”…written when I was 19”

  1. Danielle July 18, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    I wish I’d written a list like this! How cute! And so gratifying that you were able to check things off 🙂

  2. jmsabbagh July 18, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    Beautiful memories make life more enjoyable.Good luck.Jalal

  3. Christina Z. July 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    Love this! I am a big fan of lists myself. Some of your items were hilarious…typical 19 year old things to dream of…”win an Oscar or at least get nominated” haha… but it’s amazing that you’ve also checked off quite a few! I wish I had written a list like that at 19, or could find it. It would be interesting to revisit, ten years from now. Maybe I should just go ahead and publish such a list on my own blog soon… hmm… food for thought.

  4. cravesadventure July 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    Loving your post – thanks for sharing – Have a Wonderful Day:)

  5. Rebecca Koo July 19, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    Oh my word, how I love this! I must confess, I hate lists, but I am learning the value in them (sort of). What totally cracks me up is that I am totally claustrophobic too and I consider your not wanting to do that anymore just plain wise! And when I got to Africa, my heart skipped a beat. Me too on that one (hoping for next summer with my oldest) and I have a post I have been working on about Africa. Love love love your spirit and your freedom (and how you are so who you always have been while simultaneously being new and different too) as you head into this next decade of your life!

    • katemcclafferty July 20, 2012 at 8:04 am #

      What a fabulous idea to take your oldest to Africa!!! Can I come too?! 🙂 In all seriousness that sounds amazing. I can’t wait to read your post about it. I want details! xo

  6. Daisy Girl August 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    You are so hilarious! I just found your blog and read through a lot of it. You inspire me to keep my list going 🙂


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