4.16.2008

Reflections

So, while I was blog-hopping at work (a common occurrence, since work is terribly slow these days), I found this list. Since I turned the ripe old age of 23, I decided to look through it and see how many things I had accomplished in my life to this point. The ones in bold are things I've done:
1. Sang the National Anthem at a public event—Not as a soloist, but as part of a crowd at sporting events
2. Swam with wild dolphins
3. Climbed a mountain—More like “hiked” a mountain, I guess.
4. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
5. Been inside the Great Pyramid
6. Held a tarantula
7. Won a pie eating contest, or any eating contest—At the end of my freshman year, my roommate Danielle and I had a “bread stick eating contest”. I think I won by half a bread stick.
8. Said “I love you’ and meant it—Every day of my life.
9. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11.
Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm
13. Seen the Northern Lights
14. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
15. Gone to a huge sports game—Die-hard BYU football fan, right here.
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper­­—A frequent occurrence in my life, these days.
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on slurpees
24. Given more than you can afford to charity—When you’re a married college student, anything is more than you can afford.
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment—Probably more than one, but the most recent one was after the chair my dad was sitting in completely gave out and he fell flat on his back on the floor. He wasn’t hurt, and in my defense, my laughter didn’t come until AFTER I knew he was okay.
27. Had a food fight—My friends and I had a pumpkin guts fight one time…that stuff is practically impossible to wash out of one’s hair
28. Overcome a fear
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse—A total lunar eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day—My family visited my dad’s old ward in North Carolina, and after spending so much time with all those Southern folks, I couldn’t stop talking with a Southern drawl.
38. Actually felt happy about your life—Every day!
39. Had two hard drives for your computer­—Cole is convinced that one is not enough.
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Can recite something over 100 words long
42. Have amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign—Okay, not actually a sign, but Cole and I stole a construction pylon once.
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip—Two and a half weeks across the country with my family in a motorhome…
48. Gone rock climbing—I’ve gone rock rappelling as well…
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love—I don’t know if it actually counts (since I married the guy later), but the first time I dated Cole, we dated for a 5 weeks, and I was heartbroken for 6 ½ months (until we got back together, incidentally).
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day—Isn’t that what vacations are all about?
60. Slept in a castle
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater—With my family, so not as exciting as it sounds.
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business—When my sister and I were really little, we sold rocks that we had colored with chalk in front of our house. Not a very profitable venture.
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken—The second time I dated Cole.
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played some sort of game for more than 6 hours straight—Guitar Hero is terribly addicting, no?
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party—I crashed the “after the AP Euro test” party my sophomore year in high school, and met my first boyfriend there.
75. Eaten food you had no clue what it was but did it out of respect for your host
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Been skinny dipping—My two best friends and I talked about doing it forever and FINALLY got around to doing it 3 days before I got married.
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
83. Got flowers for no reason—Cole used to bring me flowers every Tuesday “just because”.
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music—A lady in my ward had a friend who was recording a cd of religious music, and she asked me to be a part of it.
87. Eaten shark
88. Stood up for something against the crowd
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Asked someone for forgiveness and received it
96. Raised children—Currently in the process.
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over—I moved away for school; that’s KIND of just starting over, right?
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication—Define “large”. I had a personal narrative published in my high school’s yearly creative writing magazine my junior year.
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Petted a stingray
110. Been afraid for your life—Several times, in fact. Most of them involve being a passenger in a car that one of my brothers was driving.
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone—I’ve broken three fingers.
115. Lived longer than a year in another country
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper—The Daily Universe. I helped some of my friends with a service project, and the Daily Universe staff came and took our pictures for a story they wrote about the project.
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Petted a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read—Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, to name one
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions

138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language—Every day, it seems. Such is the life of a telephone operator at a hotel.

139. Been elected to public office—I was elected the student body treasurer/historian in sixth grade and the historian of my high school choir.
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream—Every day!
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life
I was actually pretty surprised to see how many of these things I had done—73* out of the 150 on the list! I'm pretty accomplished.
Seriously though, I thought about all of the things I've accomplished so far in my life, and I was pretty satisfied with the list. Most importantly on that list, I've married a wonderful man who loves and respects me in the temple for eternity, I've had a beautiful son, and I've striven to make myself a little better and more Christlike every day. I still have a LONG way to go, so I'm really glad that I have a lifetime of years left ahead of me.
I remember when birthdays used to be a source of excitement because people would give me gifts. Then, they became exciting because I was one year closer to people taking me seriously (which is a silly idea--no matter how old I am, I don't think everyone will ever take me seriously). Now, I've found that birthdays are a time for reflection--a time to think about the year that has passed and decide where I want to take myself in the year to come. But, I must admit, I still enjoy receiving gifts. :)
*4/29/08: Thanks to the sharp memory of a friend, I have amended this list. I have indeed caused an accident...one of only two tickets that I've received in my life (the other one is for getting out of the carpool lane over the double white line...which was Cole's fault...and shouldn't really count anyway because it was totally a fluke--I mean, come on, who ACTUALLY gets pulled over for that?!?!).

4 comments:

JayDNatalie said...

Happy Birthday Weenar :) Don't ever be disappointed with your life because you have done so many great things already!

Danielle and the Boys said...

happy birthday jessica! interesting post btw. i think i was pretty similar to you. although i might have to do it later and find out...

kaseygrey said...

That's a long freaking list! And you missed one. Number 140-someodd: Caused a car accident. I'm fairly certain in high school you hit a suburban in Scooby on your way back from a dinner break during play practice. I think that counts. :)

Cole, Jessica, and Kyle said...

Oh yeah! Thanks for reminding me. :) When I read that one, I thought, "I'm SURE I caused an accident at one time or another," but I couldn't think of an exact instance. Now I have one, and I will amend the list.

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