Whether or not you call it a bucket list, you most likely have one. The list of feats, adventures, and experiences to conquer before you “kick the bucket.” Or if you’re like me and always trying to find a more positive way of phrasing things, I have a “list of things to do in life.”
When I saw Andi’s bucket list the other day, I realized I hadn’t revisited mine in a long time. While I have updated it mentally, I hadn’t touched the written list in about five years. Andi’s inspired me to put pen to paper, update my own, and share it publicly for the first time.
To kick things off, here is the initial list…probably created during a serious day of procrastination in grad school. While it is short, simple, and mostly travel related, it’s pretty energizing to see that 5 years later, I’ve accomplished quite a bit! No need to put things off. We’re never guaranteed a tomorrow.
— Be in Sydney, Australia for New Years.
Will happen this year!
— Be in Dublin, Ireland on March 17.
Welcomed my 30s on St. Patrick’s Day in 2010.
— Go to Las Vegas again.
Went in March 2006 for a friend’s wedding.
— Visit NYC at least once every three years.
Business trips took me there in January 2007 and 2008, and we made time to see a show and eat out.
— Spend a week in California in the next five years.
Work conference in San Francisco in 2008, and I had extra time to visit my friend Dennis.
— Have children.
— Spend at least a week in New Zealand. Preferably much more.
— Go to Thailand.
— See Taipei 101, the world’s tallest building.
Haha, it was the world’s tallest at the time, at least. Guess I’ll have to update this one.
— Go to England.
First time was for New Years 2007 in London, and I have returned 3 times to spend time with great friends.
— Visit South Africa.
— Go on a Mediterranean cruise.
— Do a tandem skydive.
Accomplished July 2007 at Skydive Orange. See photo at the top of the post. Ignore my horrible form.
— Go to the Outer Banks of North Carolina (OBX) each summer as I have for all but three years of my life.
Sadly I missed 2008 and am missing this summer as well.
— Live in the mountains.
— Walk in the snow whenever I have the chance.
Had plenty of opportunity with both Snowpocalypse and Snowmageddon this past winter.
— Hike often.
Had a fair amount here in Oz so far, but always a work in progress.
— Kiss in the rain.
That’s all I had, but it seemed like a lot at the time! I truly never thought I would do and see so many of those things in just a few short years.
The brilliant thing about this list is that I will never finish it. With every experience that I “check off”, several new ones are added. Traveling overseas seven times in four years created the desire not only to continue traveling but also to live abroad for a year (Hello, Oz!).
I think my new list will be be a mixture of once-in-a-lifetime events to experience before I die, “do one thing every day that scares you” types of challenges, and general wishes for a happy and healthy lifestyle. It’s hard to keep challenges, goals, and big dreams separate when brainstorming, and as it’s my list, I don’t have to
My “It doesn’t happen to you, you happen to life” List
Be in Dublin, Ireland on March 17. March 2010
Spend a week in California by 2010. April 2008
Go to Las Vegas again. March 2006
– Live in another country for a year.
– Welcome a new year in front of the Sydney Opera House and Bridge.
– Travel around India with a friend (and be there for Holi).
– Get messy in Spain at La Tomatina.
– Eat up at Eurochocolate, Europe’s largest chocolate festival in Italy.
– Spend time in New Zealand.
– Visit Thailand, Malayasia, & Singapore.
– See the Petronas Towers, Taipei 101, and Burj Dubai.
– Visit southern and southeastern Africa.
– Travel through Patagonia and visit Peru.
– See the northern lights.
– Spend the night in an ice hotel.
– Find a partner and do a massive American road trip, complete with tons of crazy stops.
Do a tandem skydive. July 2007
Deliver a karaoke performance. July 2010
Anyone wish to pose some new ideas?
– Hike part of the AT with a friend.
– Do a 5k and run the entire thing.
MAKE ME SMILE
– Walk in the snow whenever I have the chance.
– Learn how to make various types of espresso drinks from a barista.
– Kiss in the rain.
– Be an extra in a movie.
– Take a photography class.
– Take drum lessons…I have wanted to play since I was 16.
– Take a sign language class…have been interested since I was very young.
GOALS (and not so much bucket list-ish)
– Visit NYC at least once every three years.
– Visit my friends in London at least once every five years.
– Go to the Outer Banks of North Carolina (OBX) each summer as I have for all but five years of my life.
– Invest time and money learning how to cook. I bake, but I rarely cook, and I am sure I would love it if I tried.
– Relearn Spanish so I don’t put all of those years of high school and early college study to waste.
– Resume baking gluten and dairy-free recipes once I have the ingredients and a kitchen again. (check out the foodie sites on my Links page)
– Resume Turbo Jam and Zumba workouts as soon as possible (i.e., when I can take a class or have a DVD player).
– Volunteer with an organization at least once every two weeks when I’m settled/living in one place.
– Work for organizations that promote healthy lifestyles and have a positive culture.
– Continue performing in plays at church once I’m back home.
And there you have it! Looking at the travel goals, it’s a bit overwhelming — both in terms of time and money O:-) While I’m not guaranteed a tomorrow, hopefully I have many more to come.
To follow up on my last post, I leave you with a few “do one thing” challenges I remember taking on in the last few years:
— Finally saying hi to a cute guy at the gym. He talked to me a few times afterward and then that was the end of that.
— Wearing a bikini at the beach without a shirt or shorts to cover up for the first time since I was, oh I don’t know, 10 or 11? I have never been and will never be a bikini-ready girl (even with a tankini I wear shorts) but I figured it was a good challenge for body image, self-esteem, and accepting myself as relatively healthy woman with disproportionately massive thighs.
— Walking into my first Zumba, hip-hop, and belly dance classes at the gym. After taking “street jazz” lessons (jazz meets hip hop) for three years as a teenager, I realized I missed dance as a form of exercise. I didn’t stick with the hip-hop class, but I did belly dance for several months and Zumba for over a year.
— Taking my first ever yoga class with a friend who had been practicing for a couple of years…and it was Bikram. Nothing like a 90-minute series of postures in a 100+ degree room for your first time!
It doesn’t happen to you, you happen to life.
Do you have a bucket list post or list online? I’d love to see it if so