Years ago, when I was a busy, young mom raising a family at home, I made a wish list of things I wanted to see or do in my lifetime. I knew most of the things were only impossible dreams, but hey, it was my list and my dreams. I could put whatever I wanted on it. And I did. Write and publish a book, travel to Hawaii, see a Broadway show, climb to the top of a lighthouse, take a Caribbean cruise, and most of all, I wanted to go to Ireland. Hey, I dreamed big—and often. That part was easy.
Kids grew up and got married. I went back to work and life went on. Then, shortly after I retired, I had a heart attack. Talk about a wake-up call! So, while I recuperated, I pulled out my list and took a long look at it. I’d been to Hawaii a couple of times and taken a cruise or two. The books I wanted to write had never been finished. I hadn’t accomplished half of the things I’d written down all those years ago and even had a few more wishes to add. Having a heart attack had definitely not been on my wish list, but it sure got my attention. It was time to fish or cut bait, folks.
Fast forward a few years. I saw a Broadway show, climbed to the top of a Lake Michigan lighthouse, traveled to Spain, Morocco, South America, Hawaii again, had my first book published and graduated from the local Citizens Police Academy, one of the goals I’d added to my list. It took awhile longer before I finally made it to Ireland, but Book #2 was still not published. I was afraid to buy those green bananas.
Four years ago, I had another wake-up call . . . scary heart surgery. Lots of down-time for reading and working on new manuscripts. Maybe I could buy green bananas, after all. There had to be a reason I was still around to see my family grow and enjoy my grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I didn’t want to waste another minute, so I hugged my loved ones, grabbed a bunch of green bananas and said, “Thank you, Lord.”
My third book has recently been published and I’m currently working on a two-book contract for a mystery series. I can’t say my bucket list is complete, either, because I keep adding wishes to it, but hey, I’ve learned to never say never. And I’ve also learned not to take the time I’ve been given on this earth for granted. Blessings can come in unusual ways. Be ready. Pursue those dreams. Count your blessings. Work hard for what you really want.
April 2013, you say? Why, thank you. I’ll be happy to speak to your book club. I’ve always got a few more green bananas just waiting to ripen. And I want to see Ireland again.
And now that I’ve totally bored you with my own wishes and dreams, what’s on your bucket list? How much have you checked off? Go ahead, be optimistic about your ability to achieve your dreams. And for goodness sakes, y’all, don’t be afraid to buy those green bananas.