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On My Mind These Days

By Glenn Lambdin

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My Bucket List

After turning 50 two years ago, and like many of my baby-boomer friends, I find myself wondering if I have another 30 good years left in this rapidly wearing-out body. And if I do have 30 good ones left in me, what do I want to do with them? The problem is that it just seems like there are so many things that I still havenít done.


Now Iím not complaining or saying that IĎve spent my life missing out on anything. On the contrary. My life has been anything but ordinary or boring. When I was a young man, I took the word ďcanítĒ out of my dictionary, so when I step back and take inventory, thereís no doubt that Iíve lived an adventurous life with very few self-imposed limitations. I served in the military during wartime. Iíve been knocked down flat on my back with a knife at my throat while being robbed by some gnarly fellows from one of the most notorious favelas in Rio. Iíve been a skydiver and a hang-glider pilot. Iíve strapped myself into many a paraglider harness and thrown myself off mountains, soaring a few thousand feet above the ground.  Iíve surfed some of the best waves in some of the most exotic destinations on the planet. I am an active practitioner of Muay Thai kickboxing and at 52 years old, I have no problem stepping into the ring against testosterone-charged 25 year olds, reminding these guys that ďyouth and skill are no match against old age and treachery.Ē  


I suppose my ďJust Do It,Ē Nike approach to life has served me well, all things considered. But more and more frequently a little voice inside my head keeps reminding me that somehow, while I wasnít paying attention, Iíve ventured beyond the half-time buzzer. 


So, in true-to-form mid-life crisis, and taking my queue from Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, Iíve decided that I need me a ďBucket List.Ē My list of things I want to do before I kick the bucket.


I want to write a book. I want to record a ten song CD and have at least one song played on any radio station. I want to take cooking lessons in Florence. I want to go to law school. I want to retire. I want to travel all through Thailand and train at Sityodtong, a world renowned Muay Thai camp. I want to tour the temples of Bali. I want to kayak the Sea of Cortez. I want to sip coffee from a balcony in Santorini and feel the morning Agean breeze on my face. I want to hike the five villages of Italyís Cinque Terre, tasting their coffee, and deciding if its better than the coffee in Santorini. I want to see the northern lights. I want to eat New England chowder in New England on a cold autumn day. I want to spend a night under the stars in Sedona. I want to visit Castroís Cuba. I want to read a copy of Rolling Stone magazine while lying in a hammock in the Seychelles. And, I want to play guitar in a country with local musicians whose language I canít speak.


It seems that there just isnít enough time in one lifetime to do all of the things that I want to do. Maybe its time to remind myself that the word ďcanítĒ still isnít in my dictionary.

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