Embracing My Best in 2021: Pillar Five
by Tracey Suppo
We made it! We’re at the finish line! The last post of the year and just days away from actually implementing those things I’ve been planning for the past month. So, in that regard, I suppose we’re on the precipice of a beginning, too. For this final post spelling out the areas of life I’m focusing on in 2021, let’s dive right in to our last pillar, Bucket List.
Oh, and ICYMI: here at the links to my previous posts in this blog series. Enjoy!
The Fifth Pillar: Bucket List
I’ll be completely frank: I’ve lived a pretty amazing life. I don’t know how I got so lucky, but at 47, I can honestly say that if my time on earth ended tomorrow, I’d be pretty content. That’s not to say I don’t want to have a million more experiences, but I’ve backpacked through Europe, flown airplanes, been on television, gotten tattoos (that really mean something to me), been in love, been in lust, had sex in the rain, made out with a celebrity (not the person in the rain LOL), walked the Great Wall of China, eaten street food at the night markets in Cambodia, hiked mountains in Colorado, and visited a million museums the world over. I have a remarkable family and am spoiled with some of the most incredible people I call friends. My work is more challenging than it’s ever been, but it’s my passion and fulfills every aspect of what I’ve always sought professionally. I’ve been there for the birth of some of those who are very special to me as well as having been beside those I have loved in their final days. While the latter experiences certain weren’t joyful, I believe all experiences make our lives fuller, especially the difficult ones. Our capacity for joy and love is only as deep as our experience of heartache and heartbreak.
To be honest, coming up with a bucket list wasn’t all that easy. I even googled, “Bucket List” to see if I could find things that didn’t come to the forefront of my mind on their own. So, while it may change over the course of the year, for now, I have two things that I’d like to focus on in 2021.
Confession: I’m a travel junkie. We all know the saying, “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” Many times in life, we say that when we’re speaking of a relationship or a time gone by. For me, one of the biggest voids that I feel most as a result of the pandemic is travel, or rather the lack thereof.
As I mentioned before, I’ve been to 18 countries and 44 States. My first job out of college was with Ringling Bros. and Disney on Ice. I literally lived out of hotels for two years and changed cities at least once a week. My cities (the locations I was responsible for) spanned from Montreal, Quebec to Halifax, Nova Scotia to Lake Placid, New York and many cities in between. Those were the days before GPS, where you got a map at the car rental counter, they circled the airport and your hotel and highlighted the highway in between, and you just hoped you got to your destination in one shot.
“Our capacity for joy and love is only as deep as our experience of heartache and heartbreak. “
The number one lesson that I learned: don’t worry about getting lost. If you don’t feel safe, keep driving until you do, and then stop to ask for directions. It’s that rule—and literally testing that rule countless times—that has given me the confidence to move overseas not knowing a soul, travel to China by myself, and drive cross country not one, but twice. When you let go, traveling the world becomes the most beautiful experience of the unknown. In my day-to-day, I’ll admit I am almost the exact opposite, which is one of the reasons I think I love to explore the unknown so much. It allows me to shut off my brain and just be in the moment.
All that to say, I’ve had a lot of time over the past almost-year to hone the list of places I want to visit on my Bucket List. There are a few places I’d like to revisit, namely China and Israel, but after much deliberation, I’ve decided my next three countries will be Japan, Morocco, and New Zealand. One of those will be planned for 2022, and I’ll be sharing my research and which one comes out on top throughout the year.
The next thing on my Bucket List is to write a book. I was once published under a pen name in an anthology, and frankly, I don’t think I’ll ever publish again. But I have a Women’s Fiction novel that’s been floating around my brain for the better part of two years and I just can’t seem to let it go. I think for many of us readers, this is a common experience. A dear friend, who also happens to be a bestselling author, has heard me talking about writing forever. Recently, she said, “You know I would never be mean to you, but if you want my advice, stop talking about it and just write it. Writers write.” When she said that, it really hit home. I’ve always loved creating new things—pottery, knitting, photography, etc.—and while I’ve started four books, I’ve always given up on them. And that means, regardless if this new book ever sees the light of day, I want to know for myself that I was able to complete one novel, beginning to end.
I might only have two ‘big ticket’ items on the list right now, but as I alluded to above, I reserve the right to add things as the year goes on! And now it’s your turn to share. What’s on your bucket list? I’d love to know what’s at the top of your list; it may even help me add to my own, and for that, I would be very grateful!
Embracing my best,
PS. I always end each column with a Just Finished, Currently Reading, and Up Next. For my Just Finished Books, I’ll rate them Loved It, Liked It, or Not for Me. Join me on Insta Live weekly in 2021 to discuss books, home, beauty, and more.
Tracey Suppo is the CEO and co-founder of Book+Main. She is obsessed with books, tech, and most recently, motorcycles. She loves travel (18 countries and 44 states so far), down comforters, facials, black clothing, and cooking. She has seven tattoos…and counting. She lives in Chicago with her two cats, Wyatt + Gray, and is a proud foster failure.
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