The other day at work we were discussing the ten things we would like to do before we hand in our tickets and take our final journey. I had to think about it for a few minutes, because I can think of about 100 things I would like to do, but mostly I am constrained by my rather limited financial situation. Even doing any of the top ten is pushing it a bit, but I can dream. The very first thing on my list would be to go to Africa. I have always dreamed of visiting Africa. My mother was born there, and when my brothers and I were growing up we heard so many wonderful stories of my mother's life there. I grew to love everything about Africa, and I still have a few treasures that my mother brought from Africa. I hope one day to be able to walk in the places she spoke about.
The second thing I would like to do is to visit the palaces of India. I think India has the most beautiful architecture of any country in the world. There are whole tours people can take, just visiting the palaces. And I love Indian music. Occasionally when I am running late for work in the morning, I will grab a taxi, and usually the taxi driver is playing Indian music on the radio. There is something about the Indian drums that is mysterious and addictive, and oddly relaxing. It would be a whole new experience to hear it in India.
The rest of my list, in no particular order, are some of the other things I would like to do.
3. See Phinnaeus and Marigold graduate from university. That would be wonderful.
4. Attend an Academy Award ceremony.
5. Have a complete makover.
6. Learn to speak Russian.
7. Visit Russia.
8. Write a short story.
9. Do a painting that someone would think was good enough to buy.
10. Take an ocean liner across the Pacific Ocean. (I know, I know ... they don't exist anymore. How sad.)
It was very difficult narrowing my list down to just ten. I could easily stretch it beyond 100. What would be your top ten?