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My summer bucket list

June 11, 2017 - Tiffany Larson
Back in December I shared a Blog about saying Goodbye to 2016, and Hello to 2017. In it I shared a Christmas Bucket List. For the most part I tackled it. My two regrets were not building a snowman and not making treats with my Grandmother. I let my busy schedule get the best of me. Six months later, summer is here. I see on social media many individuals making Summer Bucket Lists. I even had a school staff member ask me last week what was on my Bucket List for summer break. I laughed, and without hesitation said work. I shared that my schedule does slow down some, but there is no “break.” This “busy bee” buzzes around during 12 months of the year. June 2, I participated in activities at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds for the 100 year celebration. My coworkers and I from Building Families joined Hamilton County Extension and several other entities to provide kids activities prior to Standing Hampton going on stage. The same question about summer plans arose while making hero masks and decorating canvas bags. I continued to make excuses for not having big summer plans. It wasn’t until I was sitting in my lawn chair, sipping on a Lemon Shake-Up, and singing along with the band that I found myself mentally putting together a bucket list. One that I could manage with my work schedule. One that involved me getting off of the couch and not being a hermit. One with things to do around town, as well as close to home.

You see three years ago I slipped on my deck, and my whole world changed. The wounds on the outside healed up, and to most I look to be the same chipper social butterfly prior to my accident. However, on the inside I have let fear take over. Fear of rain, of falling, of letting myself have fun. Putting up a wall and distance from friends, family, and anything outside of my normal work and volunteer routine has been minimal. I laugh with people about marking it on a calendar when I actually leave the country bungalow, as it is a rarity. I am getting there. I am slowly coming out of this cocoon of seclusion I have put myself in. I am hoping this summer is exactly what I need to feel like my old bubbly self again. I am hoping by putting together a summer bucket list I will find the motivation to overcome fear and learn to enjoy all of the little things, and all there is to see and do in the area.

So what exactly is on my list? I love a lot of what the Webster City Youth Advisory Commission (YAC) created for their Summer Bucket List Challenge for local youth. Although adults can’t enter to win prizes, I have a goal of tackling at least 15 of the items just for fun. I hope to spend some time out at Briggs Woods walking the trail or enjoying the beach. I hope to visit the outdoor pool with my nephew, sit in a lawn chair listening to tunes at one or all of the Music in the Park opportunities downtown, and sip on some java in the Garden at Mornin’ Glory. I want to fly a kite. I want to play with sidewalk chalk and bubbles. I want to fill my summer with outdoor opportunities. I hope to do so with friends and family. I am just getting my list started, but I am sure it will be great!

As summer continues I look forward to seeing all of your Summer Bucket Lists. I look forward to seeing youth enter their photos in the YAC selfie challenge, to seeing families out and about enjoying the weather and outdoors. Whether a staycation here in the Webster City area or a vacation afar, I wish all of you a healthy, safe, and fun Summer!

 
 

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