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My bucket list keeps me reaching for my dreams

When I was 23, I published my first book - 20 Something, checking that off my bucket list. This photo appeared in the local Palos Heights paper The Reporter at the time.

I've done a lot of exciting things in my life. I've been blessed to have done a lot of wonderful things in my life and I have a terrific wife and son.

My gym coach in high school had us make a life list of things we want to do. I remember writing that I wanted to see the Grand Canyon and write a book. I've done both of those things and am now a self-published author. But I'm only 33, so there is still much life to be lived. Will I be disappointed if I don't finish this list? No. But it would be nice to accomplish some of the things on here.

Some of these points is easier to complete than others, but writing them down makes the goals real. It gives me something to reach for. If you've ever seen the movie The Bucket List, it really puts things in perspective. It's true that what's most important to me in my life is being a good Christian, a good husband, father, friend and son. When it comes down to it, what's really important in life is those around you. But having things that you want to do and completing them gives you a sense of fulfillment, of accomplishment. I encourage you to do the same and reach for your dreams. Below is my list (so far).

  1. Read the Bible all the way through

  2. See all seven continents

  3. Get my book published with a traditional publishing house and see my book in stores

  4. See the Northern Lights

  5. See North Dakota and Alaska to finish my 50 State Bucket List

  6. Take a road trip without any destination in mind

  7. Stay overnight in a treehouse

  8. Read all of Stephen King's books

  9. Visit all of the National Parks

  10. Go to Hawaii again and see Maui this time

  11. Go to England and Scotland to see Harry Potter and Beatles sights

  12. Go whale watching

  13. Take a ride in a hot air balloon

  14. Learn a new language

  15. Go to a playoff baseball game

  16. See all of the Major League baseball stadiums

  17. Go to an All-Star game

  18. Sit in scout seats

  19. Watch all of the best picture Oscar winners

  20. Visit Cooperstown, NY and see the baseball hall of fame

  21. Get my master's degree

  22. Go on a cruise

  23. See America's territories - Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, etc.

  24. Go to Legoland

  25. Go to Brickworld

  26. See Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

  27. See the seven wonders of the world

  28. Remodel my attic

  29. Volunteer more/give more to charity

  30. Continue to grow as a professional in my field

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