Some may suggest it is morbid to make a bucket list, thinking of things to do before you die. Make no mistake, I do not plan on keeling over the day after I check off my last item, in fact, my list is continually evolving and changing as I age. I imagine one day, sitting around the nursing home, my list may simply include staying awake while watching TV, or walking to the dining room unaccompanied. I hope I will always have things I want to do because motivation is invigorating and setting goals is motivating.
I have had a bucket list for a long time. It wasn’t formal, I just knew I wanted to do certain things. a few years ago I made a formal list.
I like to dream, I like to plan. I am afraid of wasting my years living a humdrum existence, so I get involved, I volunteer and want to be a better person. Not for others, but simply for me, for my satisfaction. I find it helps me to know my inner self, my true desires. I have become more aware of who I am. We all have many roles we play, between work and home, with family and friends, the community, socially, at church, we wear many hats and we have expectations placed upon us by others. A bucket list is not about expectations, it is about desires.
I think a bucket list reflects who you are and what is important to you. There are a lot of fun things and adventurous things on my list and I hope some things that will make me grow as a person.
If you do not yet have your dreams listed, I hope this will inspire you.
My Bucket List
- Go for a Hot Air Balloon ride
- Write a novel
- Have my novel published
- learn to play the guitar
- Take a cruise on the Amazon River
- visit Chile
- travel to India and the Himalayas
- See a polar bear in the wild.
- Paint a truly beautiful painting
- Win a photography competition
- Weigh under 140 lbs
- Run a 5km race.
walk a half marathon race (completed)
- Travel to Newfoundland
- Hike the West Coast trail
- Sleep in a yurt.
Climb on the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains, Mt Robson.(completed)
- Learn cross-country skiing.
- Learn to Juggle.
Travel to the Arctic (completed)
- Visit San Francisco and ride the cable car
- Repell down a very high cliff
- Go para-sailing
- Go hang-gliding
- Travel to Japan
- Eat in a sidewalk cafe in Paris
- Go on a meditation retreat.
- Read every book of the Bible
- Get my Scuba Diving license
- Fly first class
- Volunteer with “Operation Christmas Child” to deliver the boxes.
- Dip my toe in the Arctic Ocean.
Stand on the Arctic Circle (completed) Take a flying lesson (completed)
- Visit all 50 American States
- Visit all 10 Canadian Provinces and 3 Territories.
- Go to at least 25 Zumba classes
Ride in a helicopter (completed)
- Travel the Oregon Coast
- Spend New Years Eve at Times Square.
- Go to the Olympics
Travel to Africa and go on a safari Completed) Stand on the Equator (completed) Retire early (completed) See the Grand canyon (Completed)
- Volunteer at a food bank or soup kitchen
- Go bird-watching at Point Pelee park during the fall or spring migration
- Win a writing contest
- Join an organization with a humanitarian cause
- Organize all my old photos (a large box full) into albums.
- My Bucket List (kayjai.wordpress.com)
- The Bucket List Bondi (theawkwardgazelle.wordpress.com)
- Bucket List for 2012 (nicoleandkevin.wordpress.com)
- My List of New Things to Try 2012 – A Bucket List (showard76.wordpress.com)
- Elizabeth Thorp: PHOTOS: 8 Luxury Musts For Your 2012 Bucket List (huffingtonpost.com)
- Do You Have A Single Life Bucket List? (clutchmagonline.com)
- The Other Bucket List (pdubyah.com)