Yesterday, I decided to treat myself, and try a Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s. They’ve been on their seasonal menu for as long as I can remember. And for as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to try one. So last night, I did. And it was as delicious as I dreamed it would be all these years. And I wondered why I had ever waited so long.
By now most of us have probably heard the term “bucket list”. It’s the idea that we each have a list of things we want to do or accomplish or contribute before we leave this earth. However, in the last year, the vast majority of us have been disrupted. And plans and goals we may have had were put on hold, and likely won’t be coming to fruition anytime soon. Which begs the question, what can I do to embrace things as they are, while still doing good, and finding joy in life? The answer for me was to begin working on my “pandemic bucket list”, things I could still do, that I’d been wanting to do but just hadn’t gotten around to doing, while spending more time at home. Here’s just a few of mine:
- I got that McDonald’s Shamrock shake I’d always wanted to try
- I started a podcast, and interviewed friends and mentors, and shared their stories with others. And because of it, I got to interview a dear mentor just weeks prior to his passing (miss you Bob).
- I had always wanted to make a really good loaf of bread. So I bought a stand mixer and started baking.
- I had professional photos taken, and made a new friend because of it.
- I started a family recipe food blog, and felt more connected with my ancestors.
- I made homemade Birthday cards for all my nieces and nephews, which allowed me think on each of them individually, and let them know I appreciate their unique traits.
- I made some renovations and changes to my house, and I now feel much more relaxed and comfortable at home.
I know the past year has been difficult for many of us. And I certainly don’t want to minimize that. But I also know that as I’ve embraced the situation as it is, I’ve found joy in spite of the difficulties, and I believe you can, too. So—what’s on YOUR pandemic bucket list?
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