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Wendi's Word

Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

My Bucket List

September 22, 2010 - I could easily pine about our Detroit Lions going 0-2 for their first games of the 2010 season.

But...since critics and fans around Michigan are addressing it I will leave it at a few words - Win a game! Take more chances! If the play

doesn't work, well you are the Lions, you tried.

But if it works ... heroes! Thus my pep talk for the week.

I would like to see a game this season, but like anything else I add it to my bucket list.

It didn't start out as a Bucket List but as seasons pass and the opportunities to visit the Traverse City and Port Austin beaches, visit Ireland, finish projects, go by the list grows.

As another birthday approaches, next week to be exact I find myself adding to the list and making goals. It is like a New Year - time to make resolutions and watch them be broken.

Though as I get (coughs) younger, I find myself more relaxed than I used to be. The many thoughts I had have subdued. I am still a thinker but I don't have the worry-some thoughts. Or as much as I used to. It mostly comes from a combination of great friends and great music–

as I find myself lost in a tune and a conversation many times.

It also comes from health issues - the issue of being a mortal. I admit I am mortal. I have to live within my means - which doesn't necessarily describes monetary but right now - in the moment. If a chance comes, grab it.

My friend recently suffered a break-up, a reminder of how great it is to be single, because I could ease her back into the lifestyle. But through the mess, she said she found a package including airfare, hotel and passes for Universal Studios - a time for vacation.

Instead of saying not now, I said let me look at the sports schedule. I was tempted to stick to spring like planned to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (that's right, I am a geek and I am okay with it.) But I jumped in and took a chance.

I like to think of it as a birthday present to myself – with absolutely no impulse shopping. I have seen the souvenir prices. A T-shirt or keychain will be fine. For now.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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