I originally had this already checked off the list. I did some school project (probably a few times) with the “I have a dream” speech.
However, the nation is celebrating the 50 year anniversary of when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marched for civil rights in Washington D.C. and gave this speech. So, I think it is fitting that it gets it’s own post on the day of.
I’m white (I admit it) and you might say the civil rights he was talking about didn’t affect me. But I would say back to you that it HAS affected me. I have grown up in a world where there is integration of races (even of sexes) in so many parts of my life. I watch those old movies and history documentaries and cannot even begin to imagine how weird it would be to be surrounded with only other whites (and mainly females). If I think hard about it, I could list all the things I that might be different nowadays if the way things were back then hadn’t changed.
I know there are still places that might be unchanged, but not where I am and not in the many places I’ve been to.
And you have to admit, his speech is pretty universal and touches the nerve to all.
My final thought as I listen to this speech on the day it first was spoken 50 years before; having President Obama speak it and show history how far we’ve come in our cultural prejudices is pretty darn neat.
235 Adopt a kitten, a skunk, or a greyhound
213 Be the guest of honor at your own party
232 Become a Scrabble champ
214 Build a birdhouse
238 Call your mother
223 Dress up like Santa Claus and play it to the hilt
237 Drive a Maserati
230 Find out what auld lange syne really means
239 Get call waiting
240 Get rid of call waiting
211 Go someplace where you will see a moose, a bear, or a golden eagle in the wild
218 Go to a religious revival
220 Indulge your most private fantasy
234 Let someone else win an argument
226 Memorize the Gettysburg Address
225 Perform a citizen’s arrest
231 Plan the perfect April Fools Day prank
224 Read or listen closely to “I Have a Dream”
229 Rethink your stance on abortion
228 See a bullfight
212 Shoot the rapids
215 Talk a cop out of a ticket
222 Trek the Himalayas with a Sherpa
236 Try on your partner’s clothes
217 Watch a baby being born
221 Wear a fez, turban, or fedora
233 Win an argument
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.