Weblog tour: things to do before dying

Topic for week ending 5/17/08 by grinningcomb
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE? Based on a book I read about a girl’s unfinished life list when she died in an auto accident.

Good gravy. All of a sudden the weblog tour has to get all serious on me. ūüôā

I’ve tried to have as few regrets as possible as I move through life, and on the one hand you can say that’s smart, but on the other hand you could say I take far too few risks. Either that or I have my sights set pretty low.

Before I die, I have a few loose ends I’d like to tie off, and a few big things.

The biggest issue, of course, is raising my children. I would like to finish raising my youngest before shuffling off this mortal coil. I know we have no control over when we die, but it would be my wish to at least get my youngest into college before dying. It’s hard to lose a parent no matter what age you are, but I would feel that at least as a young adult, my child wouldn’t have lost out on having me there through his (or her — we may have more) formative years.

Plus, it would be really tough for my Patient Husband to raise all these Kiddos on his own. Pooh says “it’s friendlier with two,” but it’s also easier from a logistical perspective.

I’d also like to get more books published.¬†

On the “littler” end of things, I would like to:

  1. Take a class so I can learn to draw
  2. Learn Biblical Hebrew
  3. Learn to drive a standard-shift vehicle

I’d like to build up such a readership that I have a thousand hits a day on my weblog, but that isn’t going to happen, and I’d like to limit my list to those things which are possible. ūüôā

Here are the “would be nice but might not happen” things:

  1. I would like to live within walking distance of my church
  2. I would like to become one of those “cool” old ladies who organizes help for other old ladies and is always bright-eyed about the future rather than complaining about her liver, her finances, the drafty hallway and how the cat always misses the litter box. (I’ve met both kinds, and now I have my landmark.)
  3. I would like to feel confident that I understand God’s will for my life and that I’ve fulfilled it.¬†
  4. I would like to be organized, but to be honest, I don’t want it enough to work hard for it. Organized people tend to put their work into being organized; I tend to put my work into correcting for disorganization. It’s the “up-front” cost of being organized that tends to stall me
  5. I’d like to play violin well enough that I’m not an embarrassment to those listening to me. Or a source of auditory pain. Being able to hold it without the shoulder rest would be a huge plus.

I think that’s it for now. ūüôā Add your own list in the comments box!

Other stops on the weblog tour are:

http://meganeileen2005.typepad.com/  twinkletoes
http://thatsloanegirl.blogspot.com/   CathyF
http://wryexchange.com/   Wry Exchange
http://www.absentmindedhousewife.com/  beckygoesape
http://verycontrary.wordpress.com/  Contrary
http://amandagorby.blogspot.com/  amanda_tg                 
http://whatsmylife.blogspot.com/ grinningcomb
http://nolechica.livejournal.com  nolechica
http://addierambles.blogspot.com  andra
http://la-eme.livejournal.com   MsMoonbunny
http://mischief0617.wordpress.com/  CrowGirl
http://www.housewife2000.blogspot.com   housewife2k
http://fatgirlartist.blogspot.com/  Amy Rose
http://lulupop.wordpress.com  Lulupop
http://chrisnada.livejournal.com/  Cnada
http://robandkrista.blogspot.com/  CelticGemini
http://anime-coroner.livejournal.com/. AllyKat
http://www.drunkenhousewife.com/ The Drunken Housewife
http://ladyj3000.blogspot.com/   LadyJ3000
http://heartstart.livejournal.com  Heartstar1
http://hijinksshenanigans.blogspot.com/¬† Hijinks’s Shenanigans
http://deltatangosgbs.blogspot.com/  afbluebelle
http://sarahesperanza.wordpress.com/ SquishyMooMoo
http://www.dutifuldanielle.blogspot.com/ dpbenson
http://sinkingtent.blogspot.com/ ladiedeathe


  1. illya

    Bet you would like a window seat in your bedroom so that you could curl up and read while looking out the window. But that is after all the kiddos are in college.

  2. Jenni

    “I would like to feel confident that I understand God‚Äôs will for my life and that I‚Äôve fulfilled it.”

    That’s a biggie for me, too; I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately.
    I’ve heard from several sources that it’s all about the love and I know I haven’t shown the world enough of God’s love for them.

  3. philangelus

    Maybe it’s not big love for the world, Jenni. Maybe it’s loving small in big ways.

    Illya, I’d like to have a window seat. I’m not sure if you can have one installed.

  4. CricketB

    Raising healthy, happy kids who remember me fondly and are a benefit to society. Yep, that’s a big one.

    Have the house in good shape, so the survivors don’t have to start housework the second they come home from the funeral. Get the kids into basic housework routines that work.

    File important papers so others can find them.

    Contribute more time. I contributed a lot before the kids, but not as much now. Get organized enough that I feel balanced while doing it.

    Photo albums. Fanfic comments backlog.