1. Participate in a Dance Flash Mob
Did anyone see when Mitchell from Modern Family danced in a flash mob to “Free Your Mind” by En Vogue? I knew in that moment that someday and at some point, I would have to dance in a flash mob. I have no idea how these things are arranged or orchestrated, but it’s something that I simply have to do in my life. In terms of a song I’m not really sure what I’d like to dance to…okay, I lied, I know exactly what I want to dance to: “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston. Don’t judge me.
2. Reform a Bully
My heart breaks when I read stories in the news about kids bullying each other. I haven’t talked much about it in the past, but I was bullied a little in middle school and high school. Nothing super crazy, but when I was a very tiny sixth grader there was a much bigger eighth grader who used to scream in my face every time she saw me in the hall. But the worst of it was probably in high school when a girl twice my size and weight threatened to beat me up. She never laid a hand on me, and in the end everything turned out okay, but all it takes is a news flash across the television screen about a new bullying incident to bring it all back.
That’s why I’d like to reform a bully. Maybe I’ll get involved in a local outreach program, I’ve heard of them popping up around the city. I’d like to make the bullies understand that putting someone else down, no matter how much you feel validated, doesn’t make you better. It makes you mean-spirited. I’d like to find out what they’re so angry about. I’d like to find out why picking on someone else makes them feel good? But most of all, I’d like to ask them if they’re someone their parents would be proud to call a son or daughter?
3. Give a Really Good Speech.
Does anyone remember this scene from The King’s Speech when Colin Firth gets up to give a speech and stutters profoundly? I do, because I can totally identify with it. In fact, I’m scarred from that scene because I also Hate. Public. Speaking. I hate it I hate it I hate it. It’s horrible for me. It’s weird because I could get up and perform in a stage play with no problem, but to get up and speak off the cuff is simply torturous. That’s why my hope is that at some point I will master the art of speech giving, because it really is an art. I better see if Geoffrey Rush is available for training…
4. See Paul Simon in Concert
I can definitively say that Paul Simon is my favorite artist ever. His album “Graceland” pretty much changed my life, and I could never get sick of listening to it. Throughout my life I’ve been to tons of concerts, but I’ve never seen my favorite singer! What’s up with that? I can’t say I haven’t tried to see Paul Simon. I regularly look up his tour dates only to find excessive concerts scheduled overseas. Ugh. I think I have to face the fact that if I want to see him bad enough, and have the religious experience that I’m sure I’ll have, than I might just have to travel (perhaps very far) to do that. I know it sounds dramatic, but if I don’t, I’m worried that my life won’t be complete.
5. Take a Gondola Ride Through Venice, Italy
I’ve never been to Italy, but I’m dying to go. The one thing I’d love to do is take a gondola ride through Venice, Italy. I’ve heard mixed reviews, with some people saying that the experience is overrated, that the water kind of smells like sewage, etc., but I don’t care! I want to do it anyway and I want to do it soon. I think I might have to win the lottery first…
What are some of the things you’d like to do before you croak?