Grade 2. Mrs. Burzinski. Music class. Remember the song?
There’s a hole in my bucket, dear Liza, a hole.
Then fix it, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
Then fix it, dear Henry, dear Henry, fix it.
Ah yes, so many stories out of so few words. Why the heck can’t I have just one thought process at a time?! Which story shall I pick? The ‘tell someone who cares’ story? How about, “If you identify a problem, identify a solution.” One of my all time favourite attitudes (not), “It’s not my problem.”
Observe from a different angle. How about, “Liza, I’m telling you about the hole because I know you care and will help me find a solution.” Or if Liza was feeling supportive and respectful, “Henry, you’re a strong, smart man and I know you are fully capable of fixing the bucket.”
We all have holes of some description in our buckets…and there are myriad ways to go about fixing those holes…but what’s really on my mind is my bucket LIST (and the holes in it). How did I end up analyzing a song I learned in Grade 2?
I posted on Twitter recently that one hole in my bucket is for my kids to see the Northern Lights. I’ve experienced their splendour and majesty many times throughout my life, leaving me awestruck each and every time, but none of my children have been so privileged. How do I fix this hole? As one friend suggested, take them to the Yukon to see ‘the good stuff’. Now there’s a road trip! I wish there were some kind of guarantee on seeing The Lights.
One bucket list item I have been able to check off is white water rafting. A few years ago I made it widely known that I wanted to go rafting before I die (after a hefty health scare). The same friend who suggested the Yukon road trip got right on it and organized a white water rafting trip for 6 of us. She was instrumental in helping get it crossed off my list, and in ensuring it was a weekend worth remembering. We’ve now enjoyed 4 annual white water adventures and she’s even gone on to raft in Costa Rica! I’m not jealous. At all.
Other bucket list items? Swim with dolphins, meet some of my Superhero game buddies, travel Costa Rica/Fiji/Australia, learn how to snowboard – properly, own a couple of snowmobiles, watch my kids live their dreams and not settle, learn to live my own dreams and not settle…and help others see their bucket lists completed!
I’d love to hear about the holes in your bucket list that you’ve been able to fix – or cross off, along with the holes you have yet to fill. Just the sharing of them sometimes spurs on the doing….
How did the term ‘bucket list’ come about anyway? Done now.
Food for Thought:
“History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.” ~ Winston Churchill