In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”(click here to read more on the history about Veteran’s Day)
I marked this item off the list last year, but I feel like it should have it’s own post stating that I do thank veteran’s from all the military branches that protect and defend the country I live in from harm. I would also like to extend thanks to all those that put their life on the line (police, firefighters, …..) This is one item we should definitely repeat, each and every day as well as really acknowledging it on the official holidays.
I’m including photos of those veterans in my family from the civil war to World War II.
I came across a photo of me as a kid wearing a wig. They must have been from my parents collection. Pretty funny to see and great to use to check off this item. I have a more recent photo wearing a wig for a themed party somewhere. I’ll have to add it here later.
Have you worn a wig? Did it make you look really different? Or was it a crazy looking one?
1043 Attend a peace rally
1028 Be a godparent
1038 Be a guest on “Letterman”
1039 Buy a complete set of Dickens or Sherlock Holmes
1034 Buy an entire Western ensemble from Billy Martin’s
1033 Cast a spell
1035 Change your last name
1048 Decorate outdoors with abandon at Christmastime
1049 Enjoy the view from your roof
1036 Get your picture taken in a champagne tub in the Poconos
1026 Impress the sommelier
1022 Invite your friends over for a slumber party
1025 Learn to ride western like the Marlboro Man
1046 Maintain an absolutely perfect credit rating
1024 Make the perfect Bloody Mary
1041 Memorize all the presidents of the United States
1040 Operate your own bed & breakfast
1047 Play hooky
1023 Realize it’s okay to not want a baby
1045 Save a tree
1027 Send him a dozen red roses
1044 Sleep with your dog
1032 Start a nude room at a party
1021 Start a pillow fight
1031 Tend the keg at a fraternity bash
1042 Thank a veteran
1030 Track down someone who influenced you
1037 Wear a wig
1050 Whoop it up
1029 Wow your friends with your karaoke routine
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.