Dating an astronaut. Becoming an astronaut. Learning to speak Swahili. Your bucket list may be packed with all kinds of glorious things you want to do before you die; some tangible, some fantastical and some just for the fun of the thought.
And the thought of certain activities can be much more exciting that actually completing them. Think climbing Mount Everest or breeding lemurs.
That makes the traditional bucket list a bit impractical. The traditional list also has another factor working against it. Although the phrase and concept of a bucket list have been kicking around for years (excuse the pun), the term really roared into regular use after the release of the 2007 movie of the same name.
Subsequent mentions on TV shows that range from “Glee” to “NCIS” further cemented the concept into popular culture. And when anything soars into popular culture, you know what needs to happen next.
As with most folks, I end up on a bazillion mailing lists and receive about 46 pounds of printed catalogs every week. Some I recycle without thinking, but something made me look through the Celtic catalog of goodies.
And now I’m hooked.
While I have yet to actually buy anything from the specific company that sent the catalog, I feel in love with several items — like the crystal ball, a delicious leather carrying pouch, and the Wheel of the Year.
Wheel of the Year Explained
The Wheel of the Year is a calendar that depicts the four Celtic fire festivals/holidays, with the two solstices and equinoxes.
Samhain: Oct. 31
YULE: Dec. 21, Winter solstice
Imbolc: Feb. 1 (or 2)
OSTARA: March 21, Spring equinox
Beltane: May 1
LITHA: June 21, Summer solstice
Lughnasad: Aug. 1
MABON: Sept. 21, Fall equinox
You can clearly see the link to holidays like Halloween, Easter, May Day and even Groundhog Day, especially if you like Imbolc being on Feb. 2 instead of Feb. 1.
A variety of Wheel of the Year versions are all for sale all over the web, but none had the exact je ne sais quoi for which I was searching. So I made my own.
Antique steel wagon wheel found on eBay
Wire and glue
Paint, paint and more paint: Matte black, hammered black, hammered copper, aluminum and hammered silver, and paint markers in black, white, metallic gold and silver.
This sweet chameleon dude was created as an art therapy project asking us to create art that represented a happy moment in our lives. My thoughts immediately turned to soothing serenity I felt on a yoga retreat in Tulum, Mexico, where a bigfat chameleon hung out in the corner of the studio hut watching our yoga sessions.
The interior of the chameleon features small, detailed drawings of my path to happiness throughout life, with birth starting at the guys tail and current state ending at his nose.
In addition to making you smile every time you glance at it, your own personal Happy Chameleon can contain a rundown on the happiest moments in your life.