Part of the fun of reaching the empty nest stage of our lives is that we can take advantage of new adventures. And our bucket lists are long!
I am not as adventurous as my husband but I encourage him in his ideas and hobbies. One of his dreams was to skydive–and just a few days ago, on the 4th of July–he did just that!
It was quite exhilarating–and I did not even get on the plane!
I was very nervous while my husband was very excited. He boarded the plane and I said my prayers.
But I have to confess that once the plane took off down the runway, my excitement also began to grow.
Twenty minutes later, as I watched the sky, a tiny dot jumped from the plane and he began his free fall. I was stunned and excited and terrified all at the same time while MY feet were set firmly on the ground
The parachute opened and my husband floated beautifully back to earth and made a very graceful landing in a red, white and blue parachute. He–and I–were smiling from ear to ear, that he had completed a goal on his bucket list.
And even now–a few days later–the excitement of the adventure is still with us. What is also with us is the knowledge that for the rest of our lives the sky is the limit to what we want to do and accomplish.
It is a very good feeling to know that the only thing that holds us back is ourselves. Luckily we are learning to let our hair down and go where the winds (literally) takes us.
This experience reminds us that, especially in this country, if we work hard there is nothing that we cannot do.
In this country–we have been able to have our home, educate ourselves and our children, become professionals and secure a comfortable and hopefully adventurous future.
In this country there is nothing a person cannot do–although I find a great deal of people wasting their time arguing and trying to change what is right, what is written, what is established and what is true.
I believe they have not created their bucket list and instead of working towards their goals and dreams they are floating about looking for what that ideal is.
You see, I truly believe that each bucket list is as different as the person who creates it. And it is best if you surround yourself with people that will encourage you in your completion of it instead of just being one in a crowd of people who all think alike.
Be original! Be bold! And be you! We are all in the perfect time and place! The sky is the limit!
Have a great weekend! Next week–I think we will work on those bucket lists!
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