This is my birthday week. Although it is not a “milestone” year, I feel that every birthday is a milestone. The fact that God has spared my life and allowed me to see another year is no small thing. It is worthy of celebration and I am filled with gratitude. There are so many people who didn’t get to see their birthday this year, so I don’t take it for granted. I am grateful for every day, in fact, I am grateful for every minute. Life is precious and while we are here, we should live every day like it was our last.
With that in mind, my husband and I decided a few years ago that as a family, we would spend our money on experiences. Sure, we could spend our money on “stuff”. However, we feel that there is greater value in spending our money making memories. Things are temporary but memories last forever (or at least for as long as our faculties do).
To that end, we created a bucket list and identified the things we really want to experience and one by one we are checking them off. If you are unfamiliar with the concept of a bucket list, it is like a vision board, but for the activities you would like to experience before you die. For example, this past summer, we went ziplining with our son. It was fun! While I have zero desire to do it again, I did enjoy it. However, once is enough. A few years ago, my daughter and I had the chance to ride an elephant. That was a wonderful memory that we will share forever.
So, this birthday, as I reflect on my blessings and all that I have learned over the past year, I want to challenge you to make your own bucket list. Are there things that you would like to do but maybe you have not prioritized? Why haven’t you? Why not start this year?