My mom told me happiness is about moments and I also read once that life is what happens while you are planning for the future. I am a person who can easily be happy. My expectation is simple; have at least one moment a day that makes me happy and take a mental picture.
These moments can happen anytime and anywhere. I may or may not plan them, and most of the time I was not even aware that the moment would exist. Because of this I don’t have a bucket list. Some moments I share here in my blog, but others I like to keep to my self. They are too precious to me so I prefer not to put them out “there”. They just run on repeat in my heart and in my head and are the source of my random smiles .
We spent the 4th of July in Montana. We visited The Rock Creek Cattle Company “a 30,000 acre historic Montana working cattle ranch, traversed by streams and framed by mountains. It’s the Western lifestyle lived to its fullest, with diverse homestead offerings ranging from one acre to 110 acres, along with luxury Cabins and Cottages built along Rock Creek that embrace the grandeur of their setting.” It is a beautiful place and this was our second time visiting.
On a dune buggy we went all the way up the mountain. Through streams and forests, mud and dust, bumps and bounces we got to the lake.
The water looked pristine and the whole lake seemed to be just for us.
RCCC staff had brought up some kayaks the day before for us to use so we got in them and off we went to try to do some fishing.
After some successful catches we kayaked to “the rope” to check off an item from Matt’s bucket list. As he swung from the rope into the lake I saw his inner child come out. He was happy. When he let go of the rope he raised his arms and screamed “woohoo!”, right before a big splash! I took a mental picture. That was a great moment.
Click on link below if you don’t see the video above:
Rope jump into lake VIDEO
Matt got back in his kayak and then said “hey why not kayak across the lake and go jump off a cliff”. He was on a roll. Damn bucket list, I was very scared. The rocks just seemed to be pointing out ready to stab him. I started to pray in my head. I was all the way down in the water watching from the kayak and he seemed so far away. He was way up there climbing, until he found the “perfect” spot and then he jumped, but this time he screamed “Hoooly Sh#t!”
As he emerged out of the water I took another mental picture. I felt lucky to have been there for him. It was his bucket list but I felt honored to share those moments with him. When it comes to his bucket list he will never have to be a lone ranger. I look forward to helping him achieve the rest of his list, hopefully not all the items involve near-death experiences.
Moraleja: In order to feel alive I don’t need to travel the world I just need to open my eyes and try to find a happy moment.