I’ve always been an experience-over-things type of person. Whether that's snorkeling in the arctic waters of Iceland or the simplicity of getting lost in a deep, whiskey-induced conversation on the couch at 3AM. Those moments that make you feel alive and get your heart pumping - I love that. I’m also a list person. Naturally, with a mindset like this, one’s Bucket List can get a little lengthy. I have an endless list of things I want to do and places I want to see. The problem with the majority of us? We think we have time.
Rewind to July 25th – the day I got the call that “Dad died.” The image of the phone slipping out of my hand as my knees buckled is burned into the back of my brain. I couldn’t move and I mean that literally. My brain couldn’t communicate to my legs and I just laid there. My dad was 61, 8 days before his 62nd birthday. Gone way too soon.
The reality of the situation is he was here one day and gone the next. Just like that. Two days after he passed I found his Bucket List. A list of things he never got the chance to do. A folded-up piece of paper stuffed into a box of mixed tapes he made in high school. Music was our thing, it’s almost as if he put it there on purpose, knowing I’d find it.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: his passing makes me want to take more risks, love harder, show up bigger, leave nothing unsaid, live fully and selflessly. So, with that said, I’m excited to announce that I will be taking on his Bucket List. Oh, and I’m going to write a book about it, too. I’m not sure what will come from this but when God so clearly tells you to do something, you do it.
This book will be a compilation of essays documenting my experiences. This isn’t just about traveling though, it’s so much more than that. The overarching theme will be how the beauty of God is all around us, whether it’s found while strolling the cobblestone streets of Italy, in the powerful conversations around the table, or the people who matter most.
My prayer is that this book gives you the wisdom to cherish every second with the ones you love, inspires you to do what you’ve always wanted to do and catapults you out of autopilot. This book will be uplifting, vulnerable, inspiring and honest.
Here’s to a life fully-lived, not merely lived-through.
I hope you’ll follow along on my journey. :)
Let the fun begin.