As 2008 Draws To An End...What Have I Done???

I originally saw this list in Vivien Blackburn's blog and in other artists' blogs. And it sure did look like a thought provoking exercise that was sure to be fun.

So here is my take on it. I have highlighted the things I have done...

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  1. Started your own blog (finally!!)
  2. Slept under the stars
  3. Played in a band
  4. Visited Hawaii
  5. Watched a meteor shower
  6. Given more than you can afford to charity
  7. Been to Disneyland
  8. Climbed a mountain(Mount Patti!!.....about 2500ft)
  9. Held a praying mantis(and had a boxing match with it!!)
  10. Sang a solo (would love to...my mum's a soprano singer!!!)
  11. Bungee jumped(nowhere in my list of things to do!!!)
  12. Visited Paris
  13. Watched a lightening storm at sea (I have a phobia for a large body of water...so NO!!)
  14. Taught yourself an art from scratch (so many!!!)
  15. Adopted a child
  16. Had food poisoning
  17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
  18. Grown your own vegetables(I thoroughly enjoyed the feeling of accomplishment I had)
  19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
  20. Slept on an overnight train(wasn't enjoyable!)
  21. Had a pillow fight(with my twin sister!!!)
  22. Hitch hiked(does that include asking a stranger for a lift??)
  23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
  24. Built a snow fort
  25. Held a lamb(the most tender moment)
  26. Gone skinny dipping
  27. Run a Marathon
  28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
  29. Seen a total eclipse(saw a partial one though)
  30. Watched a sunrise or sunset (truly a sight to behold!!!)
  31. Hit a home run
  32. Been on a cruise
  33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
  34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors (lets see!!!...yes)
  35. Seen an Amish community
  36. Taught yourself a new language (have given up!!!)
  37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (it has been a fleeting experience)
  38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
  39. Gone rock climbing
  40. Seen Michelangelo's David
  41. Sung karoke
  42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
  43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
  44. Visited Africa (I live there!!)
  45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
  46. Been transported in an ambulance
  47. Had your portrait painted (by myself! yeepee)
  48. Gone deep sea fishing
  49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person (would give anything to do so)
  50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
  52. Kissed in the rain
  53. Played in the mud (did that a lot with my twin sister!!)
  54. Gone to a drive-in theater
  55. Been in a movie (been on TV several times though)
  56. Visited the Great Wall of China
  57. Started a business
  58. Taken a martial arts class
  59. Visited Russia
  60. Served at a soup kitchen
  61. Sold Girl Scout cookies
  62. Gone whale watching
  63. Got flowers for no reason
  64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma ( for my wonderful sister!!)
  65. Gone sky diving (no way....I'll simply pass out!!)
  66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp (Don't think I can ever do that!)
  67. Bounced a check
  68. Flown in a helicopter (want to!!!)
  69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (O yes)
  70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
  71. Eaten Caviar
  72. Pieced a quilt
  73. Stood in Times Square
  74. Toured the Everglades
  75. Been fired from a job
  76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
  77. Broken a bone (oouch!!!)
  78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
  79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
  80. Published a book
  81. Visited the Vatican
  82. Bought a brand new car
  83. Walked in Jerusalem
  84. Had your picture in the newspaper (yep..several times...felt like a star!!)
  85. Read the entire Bible (too lazy!)
  86. Visited the White House
  87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (yep....chicken,goat, turkey!!!)
  88. Had chickenpox(and measles!)
  89. Saved someone’s life (that's what I do for a living)
  90. Sat on a jury!
  91. Met someone famous (several....depends on how famous!!!)
  92. Joined a book club
  93. Lost a loved one
  94. Had a baby (very very soon!!!)
  95. Seen the Alamo in person
  96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
  97. Been involved in a lawsuit
  98. Owned a cell phone
  99. Been stung by a bee
  100. Read an entire book in one day (it was about 40 pages thick)

There are a couple of people I admire for one thing or the other they have done (it kind of makes me want to work harder).

They include Harry Bell's visit to the Vatican and Casey Klahn's reading of the entire bible.

I also noticed that most people who filled out this list have lost a loved one, never visited Africa and have all started a business. Quite interesting!

It's amazing how much sorrow each and every one of us go through. But I believe the most important thing is not to go through a period of sorrow and emerge angry but to go through it and emerge stronger and more willing to share with others.

WISHING YOU ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.