And once you live a good story, you get a taste for a kind of meaning in life, and you can’t go back to being normal; you can’t go back to meaningless scenes stitched together by the forgettable thread of wasted time.
— -Donald Miller, A Million Miles in A Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life

Heya stranger.  Welcome to my corner of the interwebs, a blog that chronicles a project that started a few years ago...

Fresh out of college, I worked as a financial analyst in Chicago.  After a year of long commutes and clocking overtime with Excel, I was a more boring and less happy version of myself.  I needed a creative outlet.

I read A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller as a part of my creative renaissance. A reflective autobiography, its message is simple: you should live your life so that it becomes a story worth re-telling.  You are the main character, so work hard to achieve something epic.  Choose a great supporting cast.  Allow time for the memorable scenes.  

I wanted that for me.  I wanted a good story, and I wanted these memorable scenes.  But how?

Diggin' for gold

And then...I found it.

Stuffed between a 5-year old gift card and expired coupons was a dirty piece of loose leaf, folded into eighths.  Even before I read it, I recognized it.  This was the bucket list I created back in high school.  I remember being bored in a history class and--somewhere between the crossing of the Delaware and the signing of the Declaration--I listed things l dreamed of doing with my life.

I scanned down the list.  I...I...had already accomplished some of these things.  I started excitedly crossing things off the list, which, for a Type-A person like me, was incredibly satisfying.  When everything that I had already done was crossed off, a list of over 50 items remained.  *Sigh*

And then...I realized.

Completing everything on this list would allow for my memorable scenes.  Attempting to do everything on the list, in spite of how impossible it seemed, would be my story.

And then...I began.

I started making my way down the list.  A very full list.  My story.