After years of trying, I’ve finally decided I am not a New Year’s Resolution person. Nor, for that matter, am I one who gets around to such things in a timely manner as we’re now in the third month of the New Year and I am just now getting to put these things down on paper.
But I have been thinking about what I want to do to make the most of this year. While I’m not a resolutions person I am a list-making person. There’s something so satisfying about laying everything out and then watching as you cross them off one by one. So instead of resolutions I thought I would share my 2020 (I’m a) Bucket List with you. Here’s all the things I want to do, see, hear and experience this year:
- Read 12 books this year. It’s been my goal for two years now but I just never make enough time for reading. This is the year.
- Visit all three national parks/monuments in Kentucky – Last year, on vacation in Colonial Williamsburg (it’s a long story), I learned about the National Parks Passport program – a tiny little guidebook to every national park in the U.S. You get a stamp every time you visit one. I got my first three stamps and I am hooked! Mammoth Cave, Hodgenville and Camp Nelson, I’m coming your way!
- Visit two more national parks outside of Kentucky.
- Blow a glass beer stein at Louisville Glassworks.
- Tour Copper and Kings.
- Write 20,000 words for publication somewhere. Even if it’s just a personal blog. My first year with Yes Louisville was a new challenge for me. It was the first time I committed to sitting down once a month and writing something for other people. It was my first year of trying writing as a discipline, rather than a hobby. I learned some lessons and I didn’t always succeed. But I did write over 15,000 words for this and other outlets. I want to keep growing and keep trying to do more.
- Try at least five new restaurants in Louisville. Queen of Sheba, Game and Portland BBQ are just a few on my list to try this year.
- Visit the Logan Street Market.
- Go to a Louisville City game at the new soccer stadium.
- Visit Waterfront Botanical Gardens.
- Go to the Wild Lights Asian Lantern Festival at the Louisville Zoo.
- Meditate and journal more. For two weeks now, I’ve experienced the life-changing practice of meditation. It helps me see each day more clearly before I get going for the day. I want to make 2020 a year of seeing clearly.
Rediscovering Louisville is not just about rediscovering it once but rather to rediscover it over and over again. When I’ve gotten into a pattern I want to start the journey all over again. “We shall not cease from exploration,” Eliot wrote, “and at the end of all of our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” Here’s to arriving where I started in 2020!