One of the joys of writing a blog are when you take a moment to take stock of all of the things you’ve wrote and find some of those unpublished gems that (thankfully) got hidden amongst the other posts that are chronicled in your web publishing program.
When I started this blog back in November 2008, I had about $5,500 in credit card debt, had been living with my then-fiance for over a year and was in a job that I really didn’t like.
Although I am now free of credit card debt, married and am working in a job and an industry that I enjoy, I think it’s kind of funny that I still find myself asking myself the same questions that I’ve probably considered since I was a kid and capable of letting my mind wander into the land of “What If””
So it’s fun for me to rediscover this post – written about a week before I got married back in April 2009 and rambling about my future mother-in-law and her bucket list – the list of goals that she has to accomplish before kicking the proverbial bucket.
Here was my list at the time, something I captured in an email conversation between my future husband and I:
“i don’t know … must give it thought
i want to see redwoods
i want to wear a bikini and look good in one
i want to run a marathon”
Yeah – I’m kind of embarrassed that in that week before marriage, I wasn’t thinking of something more profound like curing cancer or donating a ton of money to some charity. But this conversation was a moment in time – and yes, I still want to see a redwood forest before I die.
But this little snippet of conversation – as well as the other idealistic posts that I’ve discovered from my past – remind me why I try to live a frugal life. There are many things that I want to do. And if I mindlessly spend my money (which I’m really good at doing), that means there’s less to work with … I should be saving today, so I can travel to California at some point in the future with my husband to see a redwood forest and get another item off my bucket list. Yeah – I could charge a couple of plane tickets on a credit card and make the journey right now, but that would go against another item on my bucket list.
To live a debt-free life.
I’m going to take some time and write the rest of my bucket list. That conversation I had over a year ago was unfinished and although I ask myself often “what do I want to accomplish in the time given to me,” I don’t have a list that’s captured on paper. And yes, I have broader goals than to wear a bikini and look good in it.
What’s on your list?
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