At the end of 2008, I put together a list of my favorite moments of the year. These were personal memories, mind you, not political or otherwise newsworthy events, though they sometimes overlapped.
You: How? You didn’t do anything newsworthy.
Here’s an example: the Red Sox coming back to beat the Tampa Rays 8-7 in Game 5 of the ALCS made my list.
You: How is that a personal memory? Just because you were watching the game as Red Sox fan?
No. Becuse I was at the game.
Other memories had less to do with sports and more about highlights of the year with my wife and children.
While I plan on maing the same list again in the next couple of weeks for 2009, I am also going to make a new type of list this year. It’s one I’ve been thinking about making for a long time, but now I am actually going to do it.
You: What is this list?
It’s a list of all the memories I want to have.
You: A list of memories you want to have? Do you suffer from amnesia? How old are you?
No, no, no. I’m talking about my future; things I want to experience that I haven’ yet done.
You: Such as?
I’ve never been to a Dave Matthews Band concert. I’d like to change that. I would also like to attend the NCAA Final Four one year. I’d like to learn enough about playing the piano that I could play a couple of basic old Billy Joel songs. My list could (and will) go on
For some people, such a list could provide a great incentive to save. For others, such a list would give a greater incentive to spend some of their savings.
After all, life is all about balance.
I’d love to hear some of your dreams – might help me grow my list. Do tell – and consider creating a dream list of your own.