Before my college semester abroad studies began, we had the opportunity to go to a few other countries. (year 1998) One of the stops was Paris, France. I got to see several “things to see” while there. One of them being Notre Dame.Unfortunately while I was there, they were working on the front of the cathedral.I was able to walk in and take in the magnificence and feel of it all. There are plenty of times, I’ve walked into these old churches and just let it soak in. There really if a different feel to them then newer churches. I tend not to take many photos because it is more about the moment at that time then pretty settings. At the same time, how can you not take a photo? The craftsmanship and grandeur is something one won’t see again, unless you live there and go to the church for service.Super glad that I got to see Notre Dame in person, and hopefully I can make it back to see the restored front. Also, need to finish reading that Victor Hugo novel someday.
Do you feel that difference in old churches?
1016 Administer last rites
0996 Annoy Imus and Howard Stern
0991 Bear witness
0998 Become familiar with the façade of Notre Dame de Paris
0993 Call Larry King’s show
1002 Change someone’s mind
0999 Contemplate beauty at the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris
1020 Convince your mom to get a mammogram
1006 Create a challenge course in your backyard
1011 Do it in the road
1003 Enjoy your Mother-in-law’s company
1019 Fall in love on a first date
1009 Go to a nightclub in drag
1007 Hang a tire swing from a tree
1012 Have passion for your work
1013 Leave a fifty in a blind person’s cup
1015 Let the phone ring
0994 Live in a trailer
1001 Mourn the dead at Auschwitz
1000 Pay your respects
1017 Practice sitting up straight
0992 Pretend you’re French
1008 Quote a rapper
1004 Relisten to the first cassette you ever bought
1014 Revel in raw sex
0995 Sign autographs
0997 Skip the gym and go shopping
1010 Use handcuffs
1018 Wear a kilt to a formal affair
1005 Write to your lover in code
Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.
One of my favorite quotes is:
“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley
This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.
I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.