Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Unfulfilled Dreams

     Well, to go along with the last post, one thing that I have always secretly wanted to do was to be a dancer. I think they are so graceful and elegant and beautiful. I was given the chance to live my dream when I was 5 years old! What a wonderful opportunity for a wee little youngster like me to take 2 weeks of free classes at the local high school to become a world famous dancer! YES! All of my dreams were about to come true! I was going to be the best! I was going to be the most graceful! I was going to be the most flexible and talented dancer of them all!!
     When we bent down to touch our toes in the butterfly pose, I always had a huge smile on my face as I pictured a butterfly smelling my stinky feet. My Plie's were always the deepest and most exaggerated and my relevets were always on my tippy tip toes reaching with all of my heart to the sky.
     Little did I know that my dance career would be cut short because of a dumb leotard. Yeah. Did you know that it is very difficult to get out of a leotard when you have to pee? And even worse, it's not fun to miss the dancing part of the lesson because you have to pee. I just didn't want to ask to go because I would rather dance than spend 10 minutes getting out of my leotard, then peeing, then another 10 minutes getting back in my leotard. I would have missed the entire lesson!!!
     I don't know what happened, but next thing you know, I was dancing in a puddle of pee. It was all so traumatic, it is kind of a blur right now. Well, everybody just freaked out and so I started to cry because then I realized that "Oh, maybe I should be embarrassed at what just happened" and then I was dragged out of the room so they could and clean me off. And just as I thought I would get over that humiliation, they dragged me back into the room with all of the other girls while they all watched me clean up my own puddle of urine. Why couldn't my little self just be allowed to dance? I don't know. Well, that's pretty much it.
     Because of the trauma of that whole situation, I have officially given up dancing. I did try again in high school and epically failed, so I will just appreciate dancing and leave it to the pros. And now, I can pee without worrying about if I'm going to miss an important dance lesson. I feel so much freer now. Yay!

Have any of your dreams been cut short because of an embarrassing moment?

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Bucket List

In honor of the new year, I have finally decided to compile a list of things I want to do before I die. Some of these will definitely happen, others will not. Some of these have been dreams since my childhood, and others have been dreamed of more recently. I will definitely be adding more as time goes by and I think of more. P.S. These are in no particular order. . .

1. Do the splits (Been a goal since I was a child. . . not even close, but I CAN touch my toes without bending my knees, so that's a good start I think.)
2. Scare my dad (he jumps at nothing and is scared of nothing. . . he's a tough cookie to crack!)
3. Do a backflip
4. Get married
5. Make a viral video on YouTube
6. Go hang-gliding
7. Learn to french braid my own hair
8. Learn to play the guitar
9. See a broadway musical (Les Miserables, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Lion King are all on my list)
10. Visit every temple in Utah
11. Visit every temple in the world (this one is a bit ambitious and requires moneys that I definitely do not have)
12. Learn to curl my own hair without it looking retarded (I DID THIS ONE TODAY!!!! YAY FOR ME!!)
13. Ride a galloping horse
14. Ride in a hot air balloon
15. Visit Arches National Park and the Grand Canyon
16. Go to the Sacred Grove and other church history sites
17. Write a book
18. Go water skiing (technically, I have done this one, but I haven't been able to stay on top of the water, so I'm not counting it yet.)
19. Learn how to longboard or skateboard (or at least not fall off when it moves)
20. Go to the Festival of Colors
21. Ride a tandem bike (How cool would that be? I should probably find a cute boy to ride with me though . . . hmmmm. which one, which one?)
22. Learn how to snowboard/ski
23. Ride in a helicopter
24. I would say run a marathon because that seems to be on every person's bucket list, but let's be honest. I hate running with a passion and have no idea how people find it enjoyable, so my goal is to NOT run a marathon. I might do a 5K someday, but that's pushing it big time.
25. Get a Master's Degree or PhD in Education and teach at a University
26. Go on a normal date with a normal guy with normal circumstances/situations. Hasn't happened once in my entire life. Oh dear.
27. Learn how to Ice skate backwards (I sort of did, but definitely not comfortable enough to cross it off my bucket list yet)
28. Spend a night in the hospital. I know everybody says I don't want to, but I actually do. But as long as I'm not in excruciating pain, then I feel like it would be an adventure!

The following are a few things that were on my bucket list, but have now been crossed off!
Go to a concert (Lady Antebellum)
Go to a midnight movie showing (Take this one off of your own lists, it is highly overrated!)
Ride a go-kart
Learn to speak another language (TAGALOG)
Go to a different country (PHILIPPINES)
Climb to the top of Mount Timp (Worst day of my life!!!!! I literally sat on the side of the trail and cried. . . I know, I'm just mature like that)

So there you have it! My Bucket List. Isn't it exciting and adventurous?
What kinds of things do you have on YOUR bucket list? What have you crossed off already? What else should I add to my bucket list that I don't already have on there?