I don’t really have a bucket list. As I am at the airport waiting to move to New York (once again), I am thinking about all the things I did while I was here. Some were things that I had always dreamed of doing, and others were things that never even crossed my mind.
- I got to go to Australia! Something I have always wanted to do- well really, I just like traveling. And even better, when someone else pays for it. 🙂
- I swam in the Great Barrier Reef. (So amazing to see and be part of basically another world).
- I walked through the Daintree Rainforest (I didn’t even know that it existed…)
- I taught at an Embassy, with an Ambassador there. He even read my bio and introduced me. (Totally never assumed that would happen)
- I was basically the assistant rabbi of a shul!
- So maybe this is the biggest one of all. This is what I have been training for and wanting to do for years, and here I did it. I found a shul and a rabbi that was willing to trust and believe that I have the skills and knowledge to have this role.
- I feel whole again. Two years ago broke me. Last year I was mending. This allowed me to feel myself again. I have my confidence back. I am not angry at the world. I know and think that I can do this thing that I want to do.
- I got to tour the restricted area of Parliament. (It’s Canberra, how can I NOT know someone that works there and will take me on a tour)
- I was told by a MP that my sermon brought tears to his eyes. He then told me to be in touch and if I have a blog or something, I should send it to him, as he would want to read it.
- I went to cocktail parties and VIP events, where I mingled with international governmental officials.
- I have multiple, close friends, that work for embassies and governments.
- I danced in the rain without clothing.
- I got to see kangaroos, platypus, echidna, emus, and possums (not opossums- they are a different animal.)
- I saw the Sydney Harbor and Sydney Opera House.
- I went to Bondi beach.
- I have lived in my third capital city.
- I went to an event and sat only three rows away from the prime minister.
- I sat in the front of the shul, next to the aaron, in a big green chair (they made a small mechitza for me).
- I ran a two hour teacher training on basic Judaism.
- I taught school kids about basic Judaism.
- I taught 2-3 adult ed classes a week.
- I gave weekly sermons and wrote weekly d’vrei Torah for a newsletter.
- I lived on my own.
I’m sure there is more, but I need to go to the plane.
So, here’s to time travel and moving to NYC- take 2.