Happy Thursday everybody! Since this day is known as Throwback Thursday on every social media outlet, I decided that every Thursday I will post some of the items on My Ultimate Bucket List that I had already accomplished before beginning the journey that is this blog. So without further ado, here are the first few.
#4: Plant a Tree
When I was in the first grade, my classmates and I received pine trees for Arbor Day. They could not have been more than a foot high. My parents helped me plant the tree in our front yard. Soon after that, we moved, and I insisted we bring my “baby tree” along. So we, very carefully, dug up the pine, transported it across town, and replanted it in our back yard. Today, this tree has to be eleven or twelve feet tall. It is awe inspiring to watch something that you planted and took care of grow into something so mighty.
#5: Learn to Play an Instrument
In the third and fourth grade, I learned how to play piano. I was pretty good for a nine year old, if I do say so myself. But my piano teacher ended up “firing” me because I didn’t “have the attention span for it.” Starting in the Fifth Grade and following throughout high school, I played the french horn in the school band. Because of this, I got to play with a large group of students from all over the state of Nebraska on the Memorial Stadium field for The Shrine Bowl. Twice. I couldn’t play more than a note or two on either of these anymore, but it sure was fun while I could.
#15: Meet a Celebrity
At my college, we would bring a celebrity performer every other year. My Sophomore year (April 12, 2013), I was on the Campus Activities Board, Executive Board which was tasked with hiring the act and making the show incredible. Just as they were beginning to climb the ladder, we booked Florida Georgia Line. This was just weeks before their first single Cruise topped the charts. In fact, just one week before they performed on our campus, they won their first award. Because I was on the Board, I got to be a part of the meet and greet. The concert was during our Spring Fling Week (which was aptly themed Get Your Shine On), so many of us had them sign our T-Shirts. Because I had been so busy with my other activities, the end of the school year, theatre productions, and preparing for this concert, I had forgotten my sister’s birthday a few weeks earlier. Fortunately, FGL was here favorite band, and she was coming to the show that night. So I used my meet and greet time to tell FGL this and ask if they would sign a shirt with a birthday message for her. And they did.
Afterward, still six hours before the concert, my best friend and I went to stand outside our activity center/gym so that we could be at the very front of the line. About an hour later, I was on the phone with my sister, telling her that I had a surprise for her, when Brian walked out to see the people who were so excited about the concert that they were already waiting in line (i.e. us). I immediately whispered into the phone, “Brian’s here!” and told my sister to stay on the line. I could feel her excitement through the phone. When Brian approached us, I told him that FGL was my sister’s favorite band (again) and that I happened to have her on the phone, and it would mean the world to her if he would talk to her. And guess what? He did! He asked if she was the girl they signed the shirt for, if she was coming to the show, and told her to put her party pants on. But most importantly, and impossibly cool, before handing the phone back to me he said, “Okay, love you. Bye.” I gushed my thanks. After he left, I got back on the phone to my screaming sister. “HE SAID HE LOVES ME!!!!!!” It was unbelievably perfect. The concert was amazing, needless to say. But I will never forget how sweet and genuine both those guys were.
#17: Get Hypnotized
On November 14, 2015, our Campus Activities Board (which I will henceforth refer to as CAB) brought a hypnotist to campus, only one of many I had seen over my five years there. I had tried to be hypnotized before, but it had not worked. For this particular event, I was given the task of being the hospitality adviser to our hypnotist. This meant showing him around, making sure he had everything he needed, etc. I had just brought him his dinner and he was asking me about myself (what I was majoring in, what my plans were after college, etc). After a while, he noticed that my hands were shaking a little bit and asked if I was alright. I told him that I have anxiety and they do that all the time. He then asked if I wanted help with that. Then, over his one hour dinner break he took forty-five minutes to hypnotize me in an attempt to control my anxiety. It was the most relaxing experience of my entire life. For the rest of the night, I was not anxious. Not one bit, which literally never happens to me. It was indescribable.
And there you go! Thank you for joining me for Cross It Off’s first Throwback Thursday. Come back every Thursday to read more of my memories. And with that, I’d like to leave you with this. Throwback Thursday is all about sharing and reliving memories you’ve made. Right now, your bucket list is nothing more than possibilities, untapped potential. It is so easy to make excuses. I don’t have the money to do that right now. The timing is not right. What if it doesn’t work out the way I want it to? The truth is, nothing in life is perfect. That would be too boring. Very few times will you find that your plans turn out exactly as you made them. But the good news is, that’s just fine. There is a distinct difference between fantasy and reality. You have to be willing to let the fantasy go and accept reality. Wanted to stay in a fancy Paris hotel, but can only afford to stay in a hostel? That’s ok. Don’t let that be the factor stopping you from going at all, because even without the fancy hotel, you will still be on an amazing adventure. You are the only thing standing in the way of your possibilities becoming memories. Every week, you should be able to stop and think, “What incredible story will I post about this Throwback Thursday,” not worry about coming up with one. That is my challenge for you. Do you accept it?