My original purpose of this blog was to keep track of all of my "Things To Do" before my life expires. You know... stuff to do before you kick the bucket. Well people - here's my Bucket List or shall I say "Tabo" List. You only live once, so don't think twice. In addition to my "Tabo" List, you'll find me sharing how it's like to live the life of the wonderful share-bare. Happy Reading! ENJOY!

(inspired by the 2007 movie, The Bucket List )

1.) Pet a Tiger Cub
2.) Hold and Wrap a Snake Around Me
3.) Raise Money for a Good Cause

4.) Run a Half Marathon
5.) Run a Full Marathon

6.) Attend an Oprah Winfrey Show

7.) Meet Drew Barrymore in Person

8.) Go Dog Sledding in the Colorado Mountains
9.) Get Rock Hard Abs

10.) Write My Own Book and/or Sitcom

11.) Be in a Professional Photo Shoot
12.) Compete in a Bus Surfing Contest
13.) Step Inside of Grand Central Station in New York
14.) Cross the Golden Gate Bridge by Foot
15.) Adopt a dog named him Chaw-Lee <--I mean, Bam

16.) Learn to Swim so I Can be a Surfer Chick

17.) Enjoy a Special Brownie

18.) Hale Down a Yellow Cab
19.) Lie in a Hammock with Someone Special
20.) Apply for a Library Card
21.) Get a Black Belt in Kenpo Karate
22.) Get Kissed by a Hottie on New Year's (Strike of Midnight)

23.) Learn to be a Voice Over Artist
24.) Attend a Superbowl Game
25.) Sing the Song 'Killing Me Softly' at a Karaoke Bar
26.) Go Skinny Dipping

27.) Be on T.V.

28.) Go White Water Rafting in the American River
29.) Run up the "Rocky Steps" of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
30.) Marry Mr. Right

31.) Work Out So Hard That I Puke
32.) Go Stand Up Paddle Surfing (or Hoe he'e nalu) somewhere tropical

Friday, October 3, 2008

Road of Life

I was shocked this morning when I referred myself as a pit stop. It was a statement that came out from left field. Whoah...Did I really say that? Anyway, I went on and said that I would always be there to help him anytime he was in need. Like for instance, change a flat tire, oil change, jump start his vehicle, etc. Sounds pretty retarded when you are just reading it, right? Oddly enough, I was actually attempting to create some type of analogy between roads and life. Sometimes, using metaphorical expressions ease the current situation. Prevents the one spoken to be less defensive and more open and understanding. I was hoping for this friend to think of his issues from a deeper perspective. Why did I do this? Well, for one I knew this certain individual was going through some hard times which included the loss of his job . I tried to give him words of encouragement and that's what came out. What I was trying to get to was that everyone has temporary set backs every now and then. That's right. I said 'temporary'. Get it straight. So, you can't always dwell in it because why? It's only 'temporary'. You just got get back up and continue through the Road of Life. You ever wonder which of your friends will always remain and which friends just come and go? I wonder that all the time. I like to think that life is a never ending road trip. Your mother buys you a new ride and you just take off cruising. You decide to pick up a few friends or family members along the way. Occasionally, you will drop them off so they can handle their business. Rarely, you'll pick up some hitchhikers. Signs of weakness, I guess. Your immediate gut is to help out the needy but sometimes it turns all bad and you figure that they just used you for the ride. Are you following me yet? Ain't it a trip how I can go on and on? Roads can get really windy and bumpy at times. When this happens, we can't stop or we'll get stuck. Other times they are boring and seem lifeless like the Mojave Desert. On a rare occasion, tragedy will hit close to home. This is when the test of strength and endurance come into play. Don't worry. Let's think on the bright side - there are more days full of sunshine than cold rainstorms in a year. Life is full of the unexpected - that's the beauty of it all. There's so much we can do prepare ourselves for the worst such as carrying a spare tire. We can only do so much to prevent ourselves from getting hurt. There's a limit of safety precautions we can take. That's why life is a challenge. It's a test of strength, courage, love, and knowledge. How else shall we learn if we can't be able to differentiate between right and wrong. Two words you have to keep in mind in the Road of Life - Move Forward. It's simple and straight to the point. Do people really drive in reverse gear? Negative. Unless you're backing up from a drive way or a dead-end road or making 3-point turn because you realized you're going the wrong direction, no one drives in reverse! Driving backwards is only intended for the action movie making/video game industry. At the end you still have no other alternative than to move forward in drive gear. (Let's just eliminate the neutral and park gear for now.) Think of it that way. Everyone will not drive on the same road at the same time. If so, we'd be stuck at bumper-to-bumper traffic forever! We are all programmed differently. Well-experienced ones know better alternate routes. It's called knowledge. Some even try to cheat and take the short-cut. It's called taking life for granted. Luckily, we are blessed to have many choices. That's why man created multiple highways and streets. Life is good. Let's just try to experience as much as we possibly can. Life is full of endless possibilities and we all have different needs and wants. So, if you are content with driving the same road over and over to the point you can drive with your eyes closed, then more power to you. I highly encourage to try something new every now and then. Just make sure you don't overwhelm yourself with exhaustion. You're road of life is in your hands. Try not making it seem so complicated. Who knows. Maybe the simplest route you take be the most memorable one. You may even one day unlock the secret road to eternal happiness. p.s. ENJOY THE RIDE! Also, don't forget to buckle-up!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this entry. I truly appreciate you for who you are. You know that I too will always be there to help you when you have a "flat tire!"