January 23, 2012

Before I Die

Today's Listicles topic is this:
10 things you'd like to see happen before you die. They can be things you participate in or things you just witness. ~ Ally, Two Normal Moms
That is a really great topic! Might be hard to only list ten things.

Before I die I'd like to see....

1. My kids living happy and fulfilled lives. That's all I want for them. Whatever that looks like, however they go about it. As long as they're happy, not hurting themselves or anyone else, I'll be happy.

2. My great-grandchildren. I used to be kind of afraid of getting really old, but now that I'm on my way on the down slope to 40, and have children, I find myself wanting to live a good long life. In the immortal words of Aerosmith, I don't wanna miss a thing.

3. A cure for Diabetes. Or even maybe a vaccine to prevent it in the first place. I have no idea if that's possible because I'm not a doctor, or even scientifically minded, but it sounds good. All I know is that disease is a scourge and it needs to be eradicated the same as polio.

4. The end of pimples. Seriously, I'm 37 years old and still getting them. What kind of crap is that? Totally unnecessary and unfair, that's what!

5. Total equality on all levels. Much less of a disparity between the rich and the poor, zero discrimination or prejudice, less divisive political parties and humility among politicians, health care and education for everyone who needs/wants it, every one's basic needs met ALWAYS. Basically, for the world to wise up!

6. Really good, even great, public transportation. Especially here where I live, for me, but I think everywhere should have it. The biggest thing I miss about the Bay Area is BART.

7.  The Seattle Seahawks win a Superbowl. I'm just sayin'.

8. Healthy, organic food at the same price as everything else. There's a vicious cycle going on that looks like this: eat high fat, processed food, have health problems, become unable to work, try to get healthy, can't afford good food due to no job, keep eating the high fat, processed food, get sicker, require lots of medical care which causes costs to rise for everyone, even more people can't afford healthy food and.... If you really think about it, it's another example of the haves and have-nots. And who wins?

9. My fingernails not snapping off the minute they get to a nice length. My mother has the strongest, nicest nails on the planet. Why didn't I inherit that? I inherited her oily, Italian skin, which I suppose is good for the aging process (I don't think I have any wrinkles yet).  I have kinda nice hands, but not nice nails. Just goes to show, you can't have it all.

10. No more fighting about God. If we can accomplish #5, we should be able to do this. Wars in the name of God are one of the least understandable things to me. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I feel pretty confident that it's not what God wants. No Holy Wars, Crusades or Jihads. Just believe what you believe and knock off the anger towards others' beliefs!

*Stepping off my soapbox*

I tried to be both serious and light-hearted here. I don't usually blog out my opinions on religion, politics and such. But the question of things I'd love to see come to pass in my lifetime really got me thinking.  There are things in this world I just don't think are right and kind of make me sad (including my weak fingernails). So there ya go.

This topic also got me humming one of my current favorite songs, "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry. I've embedded the video for your viewing and listening pleasure....







36 comments:

  1. Great post Jen. I like that you brought in some politics and religion because you did it in a totally sensible, completely relatable way.

    I am also so with you about the zits. Seriously, one should not have to worry about zits and wrinkles at the same time. Sigh.
    Jenn

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  2. The end of pimples would be AWESOME!!!!!

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    1. It's cracking me up that the first comments here are all about pimples!

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  3. Well, I'm almost 41 and I still get the occasional pimple. Having to deal with pimples and forehead wrinkles at the same time is just wrong!

    I also have the same problem with fingernails. So I'm with ya!

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  4. Impressive list Jennifer! Your numbers 5 and 10 especially touched me and made me think. I like it that our lists are both serious and lighthearted. It reflects who we really are. Not always serious, but not always ready with a quick joke. If we could all just get along, and not put God smack in the middle of it, the world might actually be able to work together to help the poor and the environment. If only....

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  5. LOVE the band Perry.
    6 and 8 and 9 and 10 and heck, all of 'em!

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  6. WHY didn't I think of the Seahawks. Yes that is something I would love to see, and to be there would just be even more insanely awesome! I am totally with you on #10. Great list! And who cares if it is medically possible or impossible for a vaccine for diabetes, it's your damn list and if you wanted to say you want to ride a T-rex before you die then that is your right!! hehe (I almost added that to mine)

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  7. Great list! I, for one, would also LOVE to see the end of pimples. Amen. But, I've also started getting wrinkles. Even more unfair! You should take prenatal vitamins...I think it helps your skin and nails. :)

    For the same reason as your #2, I can't listen to that song...it makes me sad and makes me think of me, hubs, or my kids dying young (or really, anyone I love). No thank you!

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    1. I know, prenatal vitamins are great for fingernails. Too bad I'm so way past that stage of my life!

      I must be a glutton for punishment since I LIKE sad songs.

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  8. That is one of my favorite songs too! I used to think she said bury me in saddle, which was my favorite line ever. Guess she says satin, right?
    #5, #7 and #10, right there with you. And public transportation should be number one way to travel the world, hands down. Grandkids and pimples don't mix, there is hope for us :)

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    1. Yes, the lyric is satin. I thought about saying that about public transit, but thought maybe I only feel that way cuz I can't drive. But I do kinda think cars should just be for personal, leisure use, that ppl should take the bus or train to work and school.

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  9. excellent list - love the way you have mixed it up. Public transportation all around - great wish. especially since I live in a small town which has Zero! I am not even sure we have a taxi service???

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    1. I'm glad the serious stuff is going over well.

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  10. You've Got the Seahawks, I've got the Eagles. Let's see who pulls it out first!
    #10- so true, so true!

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    1. Have the Eagles not been in awhile either? I don't know if I care a bit about this year's Superbowl.

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  11. These are absolutely true! #1 - #4 should be on everyone's list.

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  12. I'd love to see #8.

    I would love to eat healthier, but sometimes we have to go with what fits our grocery budget for the week instead.

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    1. Exactly. It's backwards. Healthy stuff should be cheaper than the junk.

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  13. I have always said as long as my kids are safe and happy I don't care what they choose to do with their life, what job, who they marry....just that they are happy, and safe and well cared for!

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    1. That should be what every mom wants for her kids!

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  14. If you figure out how to get rid of breakouts, let me know! Also, #8, #10, #5... pretty much your entire list. I'm with you.

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    1. If I figure out the secret to keeping blemishes at bay, I will definitely share!

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  15. I love your list!

    {That last one is a stunner!}

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  16. Amen to #10! And I'm with you on so many others. The pill has been a miracle for clearing up my skin.

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    1. I need to figure out what I'm gonna continue to do about BC. Not sure if the pill is still an option now that I'm in my late 30s.

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  17. Love your list, Jen! Amen to five and ten!

    My fingernails don't snap, they just grow into a really weird shape the longer they get. The day you find out the secret to perfect fingernails, pass it along, would ya?

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  18. Oooh, now that song is stuck in my head! #8 really gets me too. We are trying to eat healthy, but I know I'm definitely spending more on groceries which is tough b/c we're a 1 income family now. But, I think of it as voting with my dollar so hopefully more producers will get on board.

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