I’ve never had much time for recreational reading and so when my mom suggested that I listen to books on tape (or CD) while driving, I jumped on it. When our small group at church was reading “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren, I listened to it in the car on my way to and from work. When I was working in Baton Rouge, I listened to the entire New Testament of the Bible on CD. Recently, I have been listening to some fictional novels that my mom has passed on to me. In the past, I always felt guilty if I listened to fiction because I felt I would be making better use of my time if I focused on books that encouraged self-improvement and growth, but truthfully, sometimes I just want to be entertained. Surprisingly, I have found that even some of these fictional stories have helped to shape my life and my decisions. “Twenty Wishes” by Debbie Macomber was one of those such books. It’s the story of a group of women of various ages who decide they will each come up with a list of twenty wishes — things they would like to do in their lifetime, sort of like a bucket list. There are no real guidelines the women must follow, but the things they put on their lists are obviously achievable. Some are as simple as dancing in the rain and some are as indepth as going to Paris with someone you love. Some include small dreams like buying a pair of red cowboy boots, while others are huge… like becoming a mother. The book takes you through the journey of these women as they each fulfill their twenty wishes.
“Twenty Wishes” inspired me more than you can possibly imagine. I’m not sure why. Maybe it was the fact that I turned 50 last week, and so I’m feeling old and unaccomplished… or maybe it’s just that Debbie Macomber is simply a great writer who speaks to me in more ways than one. Her stories are intense yet comforting and her happy endings bring me great joy. In developing their twenty wishes, the characters in the book learn about themselves and experience a variety of emotions, sometimes surprised with the things they decide to include on their lists, while other times realizing that fulfilling even the simplest of them could trigger other events that are incredibly lifechanging.
I make no promises, but I have every intention to develop my own twenty wishes list very soon, and I may even share that list with you and blog about my own journey. You’ll just have to wait and see. : ) I have a feeling that a number of my wishes will have to do with the things that I am most passionate about, God, family, friends, and music, but I have no idea what they will be. I can only hope that the story of my journey to fulfilling my wishes is as good as the book.