Just write out 101 things you want to do before you die – you know, a bucket list. I remember in January 2007 I was encouraged to do that.
No problem – I can do that!! Well, after about #37, I wasn’t so sure. I do remember that one of the first ones on the list was to teach overseas for a year. I also wanted to get my Master’s degree – not sure quite why, but it was something I had wanted to do for a long time.
Within a couple weeks of writing that list, our school district sent out an email to all the teachers about an opportunity to teach in Taiwan. Whoa! Was that coincidental? After seeking counsel from friends and family, I did decide to apply. Some day I may share more details of the journey from that point to actually landing in Taiwan in August of 2007, but suffice it to say, I was happy to check that off my bucket list.
I returned to America after that first year, but left half of my heart in Taiwan. The people of Taiwan are so gracious. In the fall of 2010, I was able to return to Taiwan to teach again. Shortly after the school year began, an email from the college where I originally started my education after high school was offering graduate courses online. After doing some comparison shopping and researching the options, I applied to the graduate program that Cedarville University was offering. A month ago, I completed my research project, and gave my oral defense which was accepted by the thesis committee. Their words of encouragement were actually more than I ever expected.
So, another thing checked off my bucket list.
May I encourage you to consider a list of things you would like to accomplish in your lifetime. Begin today – you will be one day closer.