What Tops Your Lifelong To-Do List?
Real Simple readers put aside the daily grind and dream big.
2. Ride a unicycle.
3. Carry a tune.
I think I have a real shot at the first two things on my list.
I’m a huge fan of kitsch, so why not have goals that match?
1. Learn to tap dance.
2. Learn to yodel.
3. Run an interstate roadside attraction.
1. Invent something so simple, so genius, that I make millions, while everyone wonders, why didn’t I think of that?
2. Do something that scares me so much that overcoming my fear of it will change me.
3. Find the “missing” sock that went into the wash but never came out of the dryer.
1. Skydive with my father and sister and not be ashamed if I happen to scream and cry all the way down.
2. Give in to my “wild side” and get that tattoo that I’ve talked about for years.
3. Accomplish everything else on my lifelong to-do list (which greatly exceeds the allotted space!).
College Station, Texas
1. Learn how to make my great-aunt’s gnocchi.
2. Learn to can tomato sauce without my mother’s help.
3. Cook instinctively, without relying on recipes.
1. Equip my son (23 months old) with all the skills he will need to be a happy, loving, successful, levelheaded young man.
2. Sit front row at a Jimmy Buffett concert.
3. Make a meal for my family that does not have the words “sticks” or “’n’ cheese” in the title.
Pueblo West, Colorado
1. See what it feels like to hold $1 million in my hands.
2. Have a house so organized that it looks just like the pictures in Real Simple.
3. Learn to celebrate my failures instead of seeing my failures as the end of the world.
Rock Island, Illinois
1. Argue a case in front of the Supreme Court.
2. See every single Academy Award winner for best picture.
3. Find a way to thank my parents for giving me the best life I could ever possibly imagine.
Sarah Noel Sheffield