- Wish List -

:: Posted :: 2016-09

So, what's left on my 'bucket list'? I enjoy travel and there's always plenty of world left to see, but right now I don't especially feel the need. Equally, there aren't many possessions I hanker after. When I think about it deeply, my remaining wishes seem to be mainly about life-style rather than 'things', per se.

With seventy percent of my best-case life expectancy behind me, I'm thinking about cutting out meat and alcohol; reading a few philosophers; being sure to exercise daily and - most pressing of all - increasing my time for zazen, which has slipped in and out of focus over forty years. I know when I sit I'm more settled & able to accept there's only so much time before my clockwork runs down entirely. I want to face my final years with composure.

My father built his own house, and I've long harboured a mild desire to do the same. In fact, as I travel I'm forever spotting features - a turret, a roof, a balcony - I'd love to incorporate. No architect would want involvement in such a mangled project, but it amuses me. It's a pipe dream that'll never be realised.

Perhaps the solution would be to invest energy in designing a bungalow-sized tomb [1], as did the Facteur Cheval at Hauterives. However, the irony is that because of the Church's strictures the only thing interred in his 'Palais Ideal' is his wheel barrow!

Notes

  1. Not a serious suggestion - my ashes will be scattered without a monument.


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