Bucket List

Today is a big day for me, personally and professionally. Today’s the day that I put a big, fat check next to one of the longstanding items on my life bucket list: PUBLISH A BOOK.

Many people have dreams in life. Some of those are realistic, and some not so much. I know for a fact that a few of mine won’t come true. For example, I will never be Bugs Bunny, and my chances to become Princess were thwarted by Kate Middleton (oh, and the fact that I’m already married, not British, and not rich, but hey, let’s not split hairs).

However, today is the day for me. Since the age of four, I have loved the written word. I don’t read books; I devour them. The joke was once made that I can read faster than you can think. Maybe not, but I do love a good book. And I always hoped that one day, I’d write a book and be able to sign the inside.

For a long time, our school systems in America have promoted a specific version of the American dream. We want our students to go to college and “be all they can be”–but that wasn’t always practical.

When I was in high school, I thought I was going to be a doctor when I grew up. I was a smart kid–maybe too smart–and I had a full ride to college and a National Merit Scholarship. Why waste that intellect on anything less than medicine (or maybe law)?

But that’s not where my passion lay. I love the written word. I love helping other people foster that love for the written word. If all the world’s a stage, then for me, my classroom is Broadway.

I chose to be a teacher, and I never gave up on my dream of being a writer. Could I have chosen more lucrative careers? Certainly… but I wouldn’t feel nearly as satisfied or content with my life as I now do.

Let’s encourage our children to pursue their bucket list. Let’s help them find a career that is equally sustainable and worth loving, and make that their life goal. Tell them to spend their high school years preparing for future happiness, whether that’s trade school, college, or an internship.

I may not be “all that I could be” in the eyes of others, but I have definitely reached my own goal. Anything beyond this moment will just make it that much more special. Logging in this morning to Amazon and seeing my book… that’s the moment I’ve been waiting for since childhood.

Yes, let’s help our children make a bucket list… and let’s do what we can to get them there.

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