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Bucket Lists Supercede New Year's Resolutions

| 12/31/2015 10:54:00 AM

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As another year draws to a close people start to think about the New Year and fresh starts, turning over new leafs and … you guessed it, New Year’s resolutions. Really. Has there ever been anyone who has ever kept a New Year’s resolution for a whole year? I know I have not, yet every year we do it all over again.

Not me, not this year. Instead of making resolutions I am going to revise my bucket list. After all, things on a bucket list are things you want to do, not things you should do so it should be really easy to keep. Besides, if I print it here for everyone to read, then the pressure is really on to live up to it. So, what’s on my bucket list? Here goes …

1. I want to try cross-country skiing. Mind you, I did not say downhill, I do not have a death wish. Even Wyatt and Wade don’t know if they want to try this out with me. That’s all right, I am perfectly capable of making a fool of myself all by myself.

2. You know all those autumn photos you see of the wild geese flying in front of the full moon? I have tried on many a moonlit night to capture that scene. I have spent endless hours with my camera set up, freezing, waiting for the geese to fly in front of the moon, freezing, and all to no avail, freezing. But I will keep trying until I get the shot. I could buy a dozen of them but I want my own. Why? I’m not really sure, I just do and that’s good enough to be on a bucket list.

3. Everyone knows that farming is close to my heart. I want to capture the true essence of what a farmer really goes through in the course of a year. Many of those who live in the city or have some other lifestyle besides farming only see the glamorous side of a life lived off the land. They see the big machinery going down the rows in the fields either planting or harvesting the grain. They don’t see the nitty gritty like the hours spent under the machinery doing the gruesome repairs; they don’t see the farmer who can barely drag himself to the house after spending hours either in the grueling sun or freezing cold working the fields; they don’t see the tear in the eye when a farmer watches a hail storm strip his entire year’s crop to nothing. I want to capture these in photos and have them in a gallery so people can see the true side of what farmers go through to feed all of us.

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