Bucket Lists Evolve
@Bonnie Barton started a writing challenge which asks for thoughts on bucket lists. @Rusty Alderson tagged me in this challenge which forced me to consider the ticking clock on the rest of my life. So far my life has been divided into two segments: 35 years before the stroke, and everything after. I am fortunate to be able to appreciate being able to do all that I did before I had a crippling stroke when I was 35. I also have a deep sense of appreciation for living through a near fatal trauma, and being able to squeeze out more living in the twenty years since.
My bucket list was very different before I became disabled, although I have checked a few items off since:
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I received an advertisement from the NYU Alumni Association for an 8 day trip to the Amalfi Coast, Italy. I like to…
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I went zip lining in Costa Rica as a disabled person. It was never really on my bucket list, but when the opportunity presented itself, I grabbed it and it was a thrill.
The level of effort required to travel with a disability has filled me with gratitude for having gone on many trips while I was an able bodied person. I walked all over Rome, Venice and Florence in Italy when I was young. I enjoyed many beach vacations on tropical islands.
Just as we never know when all of our time will be up, we may get surprised by a sudden inability to do things as we are making plans to do them. Do. It. Now.
Thank you for reading :)