Daily Post: The Satisfaction of a List — Things I’m Afraid I Won’t Get to Do Before I Die


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The Daily Post’s Daily Prompt for today is: The Satisfaction of a List.
You are asked to make a list, any list, and share it with your readers.

Though I don’t usually manage to churn out responses to the Daily Writing Challenges, this one caught my eye because I am a lister and I love lists.

The list I’m sharing with you:

20 45 Things I’m Afraid I Won’t Get to Do Before I Die:

  1. Watch my kids go off to Fourth Grade
  2. Put my toes in the ocean again
  3. Dance with my sons at their weddings in 15 years or so
  4. Have my overdue eye exam — and get stylish new glasses
  5. Hold a new baby
  6. Be my youngest sister’s matron of honor (she’s 20)
  7. Get a new puppy
  8. Hold my grandchildren
  9. Finish the next season of The Walking Dead
  10. See Mumford & Sons in concert
  11. Have the option to opt out of going to my 10-year college reunion (because I don’t feel like going, not because I’m dead)
  12. Visit my family’s homeland (England/Scotland)
  13. Celebrate my sons’ 10th birthdays
  14. Publish my novel
  15. Finish writing said novel
  16. Publish a children’s book
  17. Use my teaching degree
  18. See some of my dearest friends again — jme, Jin, Loren, Sue, Sheri, Gil
  19. Make it to another winter (and I hate winter)
  20. Watch my children graduate from (and start!) high school
  21. See the love of my life again
  22. Experience what it’s like to have hormones again (or go a day without being hot and drenched from night/day sweats one minute and then shivering cold the next)
  23. Shed tears as I pack my kids up for college
  24. Shed tears as I wave my kids off to middle school
  25. See my mother happy
  26. Get divorced
  27. Be with someone who truly cares for me & who will miss me when I’m gone
  28. Listen to a lot more music
  29. Learn to play piano
  30. Live a day where money doesn’t keep me from doing the things I want to do for my kids
  31. Travel more
  32. Start a new job
  33. Hear that there is a cure/vaccine for cancer
  34. Show my kids the world
  35. Fall asleep snuggled next to my kids and my dogs more
  36. Experience a pain-free day
  37. Remember what it’s like to have energy
  38. To stress out about doing next year’s taxes
  39. Turn 40
  40. Turn 50
  41. Turn 60
  42. Turn 70
  43. Grow old
  44. To let go of everything that is holding me back…
  45. To say that I truly lived — and mean it…

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23 thoughts on “Daily Post: The Satisfaction of a List — Things I’m Afraid I Won’t Get to Do Before I Die

  1. I am a big fan of list-making. It helps me stay focused and organized. I challenge you (if you’ve never done this) to make a list of the things you’ve done while you lived – things that made you who you are… things you never thought you’d do… things you thought you might never survive.

    I will do the same.

    Thank you for writing this blog and sharing your story.


  2. You are in control of #45 and I know from many of your posts that you are indeed living life — we are all dying, some of us faster than others, but to say we are living is something many of us need to consciously remind ourselves to do on a routine basis, rather than just going through the motions of life.


    • Thank you, Kat… It is probably #44 that I have the hardest time with — and I know what it is I need to change (it is one big thing) — but I just haven’t found the strength to do it.
      Thank you for your comment — I know that one of the reasons I enjoy your blog so much is because you are doing #45 beautifully…


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  4. I love your list because you clearly understand that the ‘biggest’ moments of life are the ordinary ones, like your kids transitioning to middle school. That’s Life…. a string of those moments. I try hard to appreciate them all, because you never know when the string will break.


    • So well stated… You are right, that really is what life is about. Thank you so much for your comment — and I applaud you for taking the time to appreciate the moments, big and small. It’s a difficult thing to do in our fast-paced world, but it is true, we never know when the string will break…


  5. Thank you so much for sharing your list. This was very moving and touched me for so many reasons. We tend to take so many things for granted, especially those little moments with our children that only happen once. Keep writing, you are changing lives …


  6. I can identify with many of the items on your list. I’m a little older, my son is older than your boys but some of the things on the list – we share them. I know we’ve not met and #27 means ‘that special someone’ but please know that although you haven’t found that one person, you have touched the hearts of many people around the world. We care about you, we care about what happens to you and wish you didn’t have the spectre of cancer in your life. We don’t want you to go so hang on as hard as you can because we all want more time with you and with time there’s always the possibility that better drugs will come our way.


  7. I look forward to watching you check off every single item on that list as the years pass by. Hope survives! How is the novel coming along?


  8. Most of us go through life on autopilot. We don’t so much ‘live’ our lives as do the things we do just to prolong our existance. Cancer is one of many things that brings our perception of life into sharp focus. Having lost my wife to Cancer some years ago, I spent much time ‘in the wilderness.’ I now have a daughter who is going through the same trial that her mother undertook. I can offer her nothing more than ‘moral support’ and promote thoughts of hope and better treatments still to come. Every day we survive brings hope of better things to come. As much as anything, we push ourselves to carry on for those we love and those who love us. I follow your journey and wish you all the love in the world. I hope and wish that you continue to push the boundaries of this disease, find that ‘special’ person and live long enough to fulfil every item on your list and more. You have many followers who may never get to meet you, but we have got to know you through your writing and we all love you and wish you well. Chris xxx


    • Thank you so much, Chris… I am so sorry for the loss of your wife, and for what you are going through with your daughter. It must be incredibly difficult to watch your daughter go through this, especially after facing it with your wife. Cancer is such a dreadful disease.
      I also want you to know how grateful I am for your kind words. You have touched me beyond what I can express in words. Thank you so much…


  9. Thank you for your kind reply. I have had the misfortune to deal with this dreadful disease with my wife, my favorite cousin and several other members of my family. You know my daughter Tracy from her blog at Fec-THis. There is no easy way to deal with the cards we are dealt, all we can do is to try to be strong for those around us and, above all, try to keep a positive attitude. Miracles are rare, but they do happen. With all love and best wishes. Chris xxx


    • Thank you, Chris. I am so sorry that this disease has impacted your life so much. Your attitude is uplifting, especially considering how much it has touched you.
      I had no idea Tracy was your daughter! But I have to say that I am not shocked, because you both sound like gentle, caring, thoughtful and kind people. Getting to know her through our blogs has been something I have been grateful for. And reading your kind comments has been another highlight for me, so it is especially heartwarming to hear that two of my favorite people in the blogging world are father & daughter.
      Thank you so much for always leaving such thoughtful comments — and thank you for raising such a lovely daughter. I’m so sorry she is also dealing this horrid disease! xoxo


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