The picture I took was this...
We were eating dinner just the two of us at one of our favorite restaurants in Oxford, Old Venice, when she put her fork down and said to me, "I don't enjoy the taste of food anymore. It's not that I'm not hungry or not eating, I'm doing it, I'm just not enjoying it."
I was kind of confused. We order the same meal...how could you not like the Greek salad, crawfish rolls, and lasagna at Old Venice?! (If you've never had any of those there, by the way, you need to make a mental note next time you go...delicious). Then I realized, she was referring to more than just the meal. She was referring to life.
We talked about how we felt dragged down, going through the motions of our everyday lives, doing the mundane tasks of our same old routine. We talked about our desire to want to enjoy every bit of everything we do...not just eating, but sleeping, schoolwork, Pi Phi, social life, and spending time with friends. To do things wholeheartedly, fully, and happily.
As the conversation progressed, it occurred to me that another part of the problem was that we were bored...there were so many places that neither of us had ever been to in Oxford. We stopped feeling excited because we were tired of doing the same things over and over again. We were tired of going to the same restaurants, going to the same places to study, going to the same places on the square to have fun with our friends. We needed a change. So right there in Old Venice, we made a list of all of the things we'd never done in Oxford that we would like to do. The list reads...
-Do our homework at Bottle Tree and Square Books
-Take walks or work out at Lamar Park
-Do hot yoga
-Eat at restaurants where we've never eaten...Lenora's, McEwen's, City Grocery, Beacon, Ravine, Panini, Snack Bar
-Go to Sardis Lake
-Cook together and find good recipes
-Go roller skating
-Go to a drive in movie
-Go to the Faulkner house
-Swim in the fountain
-Sneak into the football stadium
-See bands on the square
I went home to Maryland all summer, and I knew it would be my last summer at home (since I'm planning on living in Oxford year round now). So, I made a list of all of the things I wanted to accomplish while at home before I had to go back to school. The list included...
-Go to the aquarium
-Go to DC
-Go to Hershey Park
-Go to New York
-See Justin Timberlake in concert
-Go to as many Merriweather concerts as I can
-Go to the zoo
-Go to Ocean City
I accomplished almost every single thing on that list and more this summer, and it was one of the best summer's I've had. The feeling of setting a goal and achieving it, even if it's local or small, is a great feeling.
After realizing that this was something I had done before, I decided to call these lists that I make "Mini Bucket Lists." All the time, I make lists of things that I want to accomplish with certain people in a certain amount of time...so, I came up with "Project Live a Little: One Mini Bucket List at a Time."
Amber and I share a passion for adventure. Spontaneously, we jumped on the Megabus this fall and took it from Memphis to Dallas to Austin and spent a fantastic weekend in Texas. The opening picture for this blog post is us on the famous "6th Street."
I invite you to take on the challenge of adding variety and adventure into your life by participating in Project Live a Little: One Mini Bucket List at a Time.
As you know, I keep a journal. I also make lists on the notepad on my iPhone of places I'd like to go and things I'd like to do. I keep track of all of my goals, because it's important to me that I am living life to the fullest and adding variety in my life. I encourage you to do the same.
Amber and I live together now in our very first house. When I was decorating my bedroom, I found some wall art from Urban Outfitters with a quote that fit the motto of my life perfectly. It was this:
Mission Live a Little...One Mini Bucket List at a Time. Are you joining?