What I plan to do with my one wild and precious life

I stumbled upon the Mary Oliver quote today, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

I love that quote — so I thought it would be fun to try and answer it.

The first 100 things that came to mind:

1. Rock my babies in the soft glow of the moonlight

2. Dance with my husband in the kitchen

3. Grow a butterfly in a mason jar

4. Make homemade bread from scratch

5. Write

6. Plant a garden and make a fresh tomato salad out of it

7. Raise chickens and give away some of the eggs

8. Ride a horse through the woods

9. Serve: my family, my friends, my neighbors, my community

10. Sleep under the stars; look for constellations

11. Throw a party at sunset: wrap our backyard trees in twinkly white lights

12. Run until my legs burn and my heart soars

13. Write my husband a love poem and hide it in his work bag

14. Sleep in on a Saturday morning to be awoken by a stampede of toddlers upon my bed

15. Plant wildflowers in my front yard

16. Choose singing together over watching TV together

17. Read cookbooks

18. Paint old furniture and dress it up with new knobs

19. Watch a storm roll in from the front porch

20. Drink red wine (or margaritas on the rocks) with best friends

21. Eat chocolate chip cookie dough

22. Vacation in Mexico

23. Learn Spanish

24. Sing karaoke and pretend I can sing

25. Teach my kids how to love God, their neighbor, themselves, and life

26. Build a collection of table linens

27. Eat dinner around the diningroom table

28. Go Christmas caroling

29. Find a reason to wear a ball gown

30. Make a tree fort that my kids can hide in on summer afternoons

31. Catch a frog, name him, let him go

32. Pray without ceasing

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances” – 1 Thessalonians

33. Spend less time looking at Facebook and more time looking at faces

34. Spend less time on the computer and more time in my community

35. Memorize a poem

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth” 
Robert Frost

36. Memorize scripture

37. Memorize the faces of people I love

38. Swim in the salty ocean

39. Make birthday cakes

40. Sew

41. Wrap presents

42. Know the life stories of elders in my family

43. Throw a proper tea party

44. Dig in the dirt; know the plants in my garden

45. Build forts out of bedsheets on rainy days: eat popcorn in them

46. Braid my daughters’ hair

47. Kiss my husband

48. Take pictures

49. But not too many that I miss anything

50. Serve my childrens’ grandparents who serve us so well

51. Save family heirlooms; throw away random plastic toy parts

52. Drink water

53. Spoil my friends

54. Update baby books with printed-out pictures and scribbled stories

55. Play bluegrass music on Sunday mornings, cook bacon on the skillet

56. Play dress-up

57. Play pretend

58. Play — always play

59. Appreciate today

“What day is it?” asked Winnie the Pooh
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet
“My favorite day,” said Pooh

60. Dance at weddings* (See photo below)

61. Eat lots of veggies

62. And chocolate

63. Borrow eggs from my neighbor; take them cookies just because

64. Cook for friends and use my best Crate & Barrel wine glasses

65. Go without makeup and feel beautiful

66. Get dolled up and feel beautiful

67. Just sit and watch my children play

68. Have a family motto: put it on the wall

69. Believe in God

70. Believe in purpose

71. Believe in others

72. Speak kindly

73. Promote peace in the world however I can, even if it is just to:

74. Pray

75. Smile

76. Go home and love my  family

“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” – Mother Teresa

77. Encourage my children to play a musical instrument so they can play for me when I’m old

78. Serve the old

79. Delight in the young

80. Make pesto out of fresh basil

81. Spend as little time as possible sorting socks

82. Travel the world, but know:

83. There’s no place like home so make it home-y.

84. Encourage someone

85. Be encouraged

86. Call my mom

87. Become proficient at:

88. Taking the seed out of the middle of an avocado with a knife

89. Distinguishing classical composers

90. And folding fitted bedsheets (or is life too short for this one?)

91. Wipe down counters in public bathrooms

“Leave everything better than you found it.” – my parents

92. Advocate for and celebrate those with Down syndrome

93. Advocate for and celebrate all life

94. Watch romantic comedies with my husband after the kids go to bed

“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” — You’ve Got Mail

95. Get enough sleep, except when I:

96. Have a newborn – the greatest miracle

97. Go on a road trip; eat gummy worms

98. Be who I am meant to be

“If you are who you were meant to be, you will set the world ablaze.” — St. Catherine of Siena

99. Help my children do the same

100. Be thankful

 Dancing at my sister-in-law’s wedding, holding my baby cousin, 8 months pregnant with Kate149050_10100458827198494_8307141_69327361_4829452_n

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