What My Bucket List has Done for Me
By: Madison Moericke
A bucket list, according to Mr. Webster himself, is “a list of experiences and achievements that a person hopes to have or experience during their lifetime.” Making a bucket list and setting goals has always been a big part of my life. Having been diagnosed with a chronic illness at a young age, I realized that setting goals really motivated me in some of the darkest times in my life.
Mortality has always been a driving factor behind what I wanted to accomplish in my life. While that might sound dismal, having a bucket list has helped me build character. It has helped me stay focused on what is important to me and has helped me discover that determination is a big part of what makes me, me.
I spent some time this week looking back on my bucket list of things I have accomplished so far in my life. I have marked off first kisses, getting off feeding tubes, attending prom, falling in love, getting a college degree, having a baby, becoming a wife, swimming in the ocean, and most recently and most excitingly going to The Magical World of Harry Potter, at Universal Studios in Hollywood. (Animated wand and all!) Some of these items seem mundane and ordinary; but, what is ordinary to a girl that has dealt with a supposed expiration date from physicians my entire life?
When you are faced with a difficult season in your life what motivates you?
For me its goals and things I can look forward too when that season is over. It gives me motivation to not stay stuck where I’m at; and, it gives me hope that I won’t stay stuck in sickness and sadness forever. My family has watched me climb out of hospital beds and watch me do things doctors said were just not possible. For me that is the greatest legacy I’ll be leaving behind for my family. That in the face of adversity, and even in the face of death itself, choosing life was something God instilled in my heart even before he formed me in my mother’s womb.
While I still have a bucket list of items I want to accomplish such as writing a book, swimming with sharks, and opening an old fashion candy store. I will always know that God has given me a beautiful gift in this life. I wouldn’t take back the struggles I’ve had to walk through because they make me the women I am today. So I want encourage you , even if you’re walking through a difficult season, that if you choose life and let yourself dream again you could be surprised by the strength and determination you didn’t know you had hidden inside you.
Do you have a bucket list? What have you done in your life that someone has told you was never possible? Share with us your accomplishments in the comment section below, or even on social media. Let’s rejoice that God had greater plans, that God still has greater plans for us, greater than our little hearts could ever imagine.