By Laura Drake
At my age, you have to start being realistic about your bucket list. After all, I may not be at the bottom of that bucket yet, but I can see the bottom from where I am.
For example – some of the items on my list are now beyond me, physically. Here are a couple of examples:
- Be the ‘monkey’ in a motorcycle sidecar race – the monkey is the one who hangs out over the dirt, keeping the rig from flipping with his/her weight
- Ride a bucking bull. I have plans to get on a bucking machine, but the bull? Too old.
- Take a rafting trip down the Grand Canyon. This one hurts – I so wanted to.
- Ride the motorcycle to and around Alaska. I may still be able to, but every day that goes by makes the possibility more remote
I was having a thoughtful email exchange with a friend the other day, and we got into books we wanted to read, but realize we probably won’t have time. Heck, looking at my TBR pile, in paper and on my Kindle, I may not even get through the ones I have now!
But if the Hindus are right, and we do get multiple lifetimes, these are going on my list:
- The complete works of Shakespeare – I’ve read a bunch, but there are SO many more!
- The complete works of Elmore Leonard
- The Russians; you know, Tolstoy, Solzhenitsyn, Pasternak-I’ve read some, but not all
- Mein Kompf, The Interpretation of Dreams (Freud), The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire
As you can see from the list – they’re um…heavy.
It’s not that I don’t want to read them – I really do. I just keep getting distracted by bright shiny things.
Then there are the different choices I could take that would lead me to different landscapes. What would I like to choose?
- I started out to be a nurse. I’d still like to be
- A large animal vet
- A horse trainer
- A helicopter pilot
- An Olympian
I could go on and on.
How about you? What’s on your Multiple-life Bucket List?
Laura Drake is a city girl who never grew out of her tomboy ways, or a serious cowboy crush. She writes both Women’s Fiction and Romance.
She sold her Sweet on a Cowboy series, romances set in the world of professional bull riding, to Grand Central. The Sweet Spot (May 2013), Nothing Sweeter (Jan 2014) and Sweet on You (August 2014). The Sweet Spot has recently been named a Romance Writers of America® RITA® Finalist in both the Contemporary and Best First Book categories.
Her ‘biker-chick’ novel, Her Road Home, sold to Harlequin’s Superromance line (August, 2013) and has expanded to three more stories set in the same small town. The Reasons to Stay will release August, 2014.
This year Laura realized a lifelong dream of becoming a Texan and is currently working on her accent. She gave up the corporate CFO gig to write full time. She’s a wife, grandmother, and motorcycle chick in the remaining waking hours.