My Leap List

My Leap List

     I don't like bucket lists.  I don't like the focus on death.  Other people take it and do amazing things with their lives.  Not me.  I just get depressed at all of the great things I can't do for a variety of reasons, start resenting my life, and missing all the great things that happen to me every day because they aren't big enough to be on my bucket list.
     I decided to make a list of all those little amazing things that I never knew I needed in my life.  I'm calling it my leap list because it helps me focus on leaping over those bumps in the road until I can fly.  This is my list so far.

  1. Riding a train through the countryside
  2. Meeting some of my heroes:  Henry Winkler, Patrick Stewart, George Takei, and LaVar Burton 
  3. Having a cat lie on my chest, wrap her paws around my neck, put her face on my cheek and fall asleep
  4. Eating a Fudgesicle, having the cat jump up on my chest, and start licking the other side
  5. Lots of great concerts - One Republic, Pink, Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry, Plain White T's, Air Supply, Howard Jones, Jimmy Eat World, The Fray, Billy Joel 
  6. Getting a tattoo
  7. Seeing John Rzeznik from The Goo Goo Dolls in person
  8. Standing in the front of the stage in the center during a concert.  I always wanted to be one of those people.
  9. Getting hit with a guitar pick from a concert.  Even cooler when it is from John Rzeznik's guitar
  10. Finding a baby dandelion growing in a crack of cement.  Infinite meaning.
  11. Feather messages from angels
  12. Online friends who make me a better person
  13. Going to the Olympic Park and sitting in an actual bobsled from the Olympics
  14. Challenge Nation scavenger hunts through downtown Salt Lake with my brothers
  15. Taking my grandma to two George Strait concerts
  16. Watching the sun set over the ocean
  17. Watching the sun rise over the Rocky Mountains
  18. Hiking through summer wildflowers in the mountains
  19. Seeing a moose family at Silver Lake
  20. Following a moose through the campsite with Mandy in the pack on John's back
  21. New foods - sushi, Waffle Love, fried ice cream
  22. The first time someone called me Dr. Cooke
  23. Hearing the words "I love you"
  24. Lying in the parking lot in the middle of the night at Snowbird ski resort watching shooting stars and the Milky Way
  25. Baby quails running through the neighborhood during my walks
  26. Sending love, wishes, and thanks to the angels, Jameson, and Marissa at the Lantern festival
  27. Hearing John play the piano each night
  28. Graduating with my doctorate and sharing the day with my family and friends
  29. Having my bunny jump in my lap and snuggle my neck 
  30. Walking in the Out of Darkness walk
  31. Watching the Pumpkin regatta at Sugarhouse Park
  32. Having Kerrie shake my hand and say "Doctor to Doctor."
  33.  Writing a Blues song and performing it for a group of people
  34. Becoming Slide Certified at RCA
  35. Going to the Ron Clark Academy and meeting Ron Clark
  36. Going on an airplane 
  37. Going to Atlanta, Georgia and bringing home some red earth for Mandy

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