Each year on my birthday, I make a list of things I want. Not things that you can buy in a store or even make, but experiences, things that must be sensed in some way. This year on my birthday, I went on a hike in the woods. It was entirely too cold for a hike (this was three days before Christmas) and even though it was winter and snowing, I still worried a bit about encountering a bear. (Bears do hibernate in the winter, but as a solo hiker I didn’t stay out too long just to avoid pushing my luck.) But I did get a bit of time while I was there to reflect and work on my list.
Just a few things that made it on to my list this year:
recognition of beauty
starlight horizon to horizon
a vulnerable conversation
the smell of the ocean
What would be on your birthday list?