2011-07-13 / Columns

LEDGER COLUMNIST

I just haven’t had the time


CODY SOSSAMON PUBLISHER CODY SOSSAMON PUBLISHER For one reason or another, I started thinking about a “bucket list” — a term made popular by the movie of the same name.

A bucket list consists of the things you want to do before you die or “kick the bucket.”

Now before any of you get really excited, I’m not about to die, leastways not that I know of.

I just started thinking about things I’d like to do.

Dreaming about the places I’d like to visit.

Not about things I’d like to possess, like a big, fancy automobile or house, but things I’d like to do or places I’d like to go .

I’ve already done two of the things at the top of my “bucket list.” I rode in a gondola in Venice and walked the corridors of the Colosseum in Rome. I don’t know why I had the desire to visit those places and I never thought I’d actually do it. But the opportunity arose when my sister invited my wife and me to go to Italy.

Again, I don’t know what spurred me to accept (I did not venture far from home prior to that), but accept I did and my life was enriched beyond measure.

Another place I dream about visiting is the Great Wall of China. It fascinates me.

I’d like to travel to outer space, go to the Swiss Alps, see the Grand Canyon, the Hoover Dam and Mount Rushmore.

The pyramids of Egypt, the Nile River and Jerusalem are also on my list, but unless things settle down in that part of the world, I doubt I’ll ever visit them.

Rocketing into outer space is probably a bit far-reaching, too, but one never knows.

My wife always talks about going to Tahiti. We might swing by there after our Great Wall trip.

There’s not a lot on my list that I’d like to DO, but playing golf at Augusta National is on there for sure.

Not making my list is skydiving, mountain climbing or any other daredevil type activity.

You might find this hard to believe, but I’ve never driven on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I know, I know. It’s only a short drive from Gaffney, but I’ve never done it. That’s one very doable, inexpensive trip on my list. Maybe this fall.

For the trip to the Grand Canyon area, my wife wants to rent an RV. I told her I’d meet her there.

I’m not sure why the RV thing doesn’t appeal to me, it just doesn’t. There’s a part of me that would like to try it, but...

There’s also a part of me that would like to try skydiving, but once you jump out of the plane, there’s no turning back.

I suppose there are a couple of reasons most of us have a “bucket list.”

One is that we don’t have enough money to travel to the places we’d like to see and another is that we’re too lazy or complacent to do the things we dream about.

A third is that we haven’t had the opportunity. For instance, one can’t just make a tee time at Augusta National. One has to be invited. I have never been invited. There’s not much I can do about that.

It costs a lot of money to travel to far off places, but I can always save.

So why haven’t I driven on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Lazy? Complacent?

How about I just haven’t had the time?

That’s an excuse people use quite often.

After using that as a reason I hadn’t done something, I once was told, “You’ve got 24 hours in every day, just like everyone else. Use it wisely and you’ll have time to do everything that it is important to you.”

The person who told me that was saying that which I had not done was not important enough to me to make time to do it.

How’s this for a coincidence? Just now I received an email from National Geographic Expeditions inviting me to join Peter Hillary (son of Sir Edmund) on “an extraordinary 16-day expedition to the fabled cities, ancient Buddhist temples, and remote valleys of Tibet and Nepal, where you will journey to the foot of the most famous mountain in the world: Everest.”

All for only $7,995, airfare (about $2,150) not included.

A portion of the expedition is described thusly: “A considerable amount of time is spent traveling in fourwheel drive vehicles over rough, dusty roads.”

Sounds like fun. I’d love to go, but I just don’t have the time. Or the money. Or the desire. Remember, climbing mountains — even to their feet — is not on my list.

But if anyone is interested, let me know and I’ll forward you the invitation.

In the meantime, I’ll be planning and saving so I can cross something else off my list, if I can find the time.

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