Longleaf Stories

full circle in the hundred acre wood

“I was forty when my husband left me,” she said. “I was very depressed. Then a girl I knew told me what I should do is make a list of ten things I had always wanted to do, and work on it until I did them all. It took me ten years, but I did it.”

“What were some of the things on the list?” I asked her.

“Sky diving.” That was number one on her list. Next came whitewater rafting — class four rapids, then taking a trip to Europe, driving alone across country, learning to play the piano and five others I can’t recall.

“So,” I said, “you would have been about 50 when you completed that list. Did you make another list after that?”

“No,” she laughed. “Once you’ve sky-dived, if there’s anything else you want to do, you just go do it. When you start living that way, you don’t need lists anymore.”

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