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Reverse Bucket List

I have been spending a lot of time the last few weeks pondering the, “what=ifs”, “the shoulda, coulda, wouldas”, and my bucket list, so to speak. You know the one that is more like a fantasy bucket list than my, “really going to happen” stuff.

Thinking about these things got me really down and even had me doubting some pretty big choices I made in my life. After reflecting and reading some fellow blogs, I decided to do a “Reverse Bucket List”-a list of all the great and exciting things I have already done in the 30 years I have walked this Earth. So, here are some of the highlights of my life that I am ever so thankful for:

  1. I got to go to Disney World as a pre-teen thanks to my grandpa who was a radio station DJ and got us free tickets ( I was a turd the whole time to my parents, but my dad rode the Tower of Terror with me and it was amazing for this roller coaster junkie)
  2. I tried out to sing the National Anthem at the Missions game and was one of the ten winners out of 200 contestants. I sang it on my 16th birthday! It was EPIC!
  3. I got to travel to Brazil when I was 14 on a Mission trip and experience the love and compassion of people who are less fortunate, but with the biggest hearts I have ever seen.
  4.  I married my high school sweetheart in the same church we met in and surprised him with a song I still sing today! I will never forget that smile on his face!
  5. Though I didn’t go to Julliard like I wanted to, I did get to graduate with a Bachelors degree and technically I have enough hours to have a PhD in something! I just can’t decide what I want to be when I grow up….
  6. I gave birth to a miracle micro-preemie and watched her beat every odd that came her way
  7. Luke and I got to spend our 10 year anniversary in Mexico soaking up the sun and enjoying being brought back together after a time of brokenness.
  8. I gave birth to another miracle girl who is the Sunshine of our mornings!
  9. I have been snow-skiing five times, to the beach and river countless times, and traveled through 6 states (It pays to be a youth minister’s daughter along for the youth trips)
  10. I have met the most amazing people in my life who have either been there just briefly or for a lifetime, but what an honor it has been to be in the presence of people who work hard, have shown me love, and had an impact on my life in some capacity.

I could go on for days on all the experiences I have had in my lifetime as a teenager, youth minister’s daughter, a musician, with Luke, my girls, my friends, my co-workers, my students, my sisters, parents, but there is not enough white space on this page to fill all the beautiful experiences that make up my life and all the shadows that linger as well.

Today though, I wanted to focus on being grateful for these wonderful moments that God allowed me to have in my life rather than be bitter about where my road has not yet taken me.

Look out on the journey, but don’t forget the one you left behind

There is a time and a place for “Bucket Lists” and I will share mine soon, but it is also equally, if not more important to show gratitude for the places we have been and what that journey has taught us. I encourage you create your own “Reverse Bucket List” and share it in the comments or feel free to email me. You will be amazed at the beauty of your journey!

∼Val

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