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Been There, Done That

Upon reviewing my bucket list, I realized that there are things I would have put on the list, except I had already done them. Instead of leaving them off entirely and risking them floating into oblivion and suffering an utterly meaningless existence, I felt compelled to make them feel significant and stately, and so I have created a list of things that were bucket list-worthy, except they were too accomplished to be included. After jotting down the obvious experiences, I discovered this is much harder than you would think, and that I’m really hungry and might start gnawing on my desk if I don’t eat soon, and so that marks the end of this exercise. I’m sure it’s not comprehensive, but it’s something. And something is better than nothing, right?

1. Visit Italy, and stay in a Tuscan villa

2. Admire Michelangelo’s famous statue of David in person (exquisitely breathtaking)

3. Whitewater raft (the Ocoee)

4. Run a half marathon (St. Jude Half Marathon, 2008)

5. Graduate college with a 4.0.

6. Earn recognition as a Junior Fire Chief (I have the badge to prove it!)

7. Visit Ireland

8. Parasail

9. Mentor as a Big Sister in the Big Brother Big Sister program

10. Pass the Series 7 and Series 66

11. Quit my job

12. Do a back handspring

13. Purchase (and pay off) my own car

14. Feed a panda

15. See the Leaning Tower of Pisa

16. Watch Eric Clapton live in concert

17. Dip my feet in the Mediterranean Sea

18. Snorkel in Cancun

19. Wander the streets of Amsterdam

20. Eat the most delectable waffles in existence in Belgium

21. Enjoy the view from the top of the Sears Tower

22. Hug Jack Johnson

23. Water ski

24. Start a blog


My Bucket List

You all know about bucket lists, those dreamy compilations of travels, skills, desires, and accomplishments you hope to achieve before you meet your Maker. In fact, most of you have probably created your own, or at least daydreamed about its contents.  I have been compiling my list for a couple years now, and I don’t think it will ever be complete. I am constantly coming up with new additions, but here’s the most up-to-date version for your viewing pleasure, and maybe even to get a few ideas to include in your collection!

  1. Buy an around-the-world plane ticket (and use it!)
  2. Live in New Zealand (even if just for a brief amount of time)
  3. Be on the Board of Directors for a non-profit organization (or work for one, I’m flexible)
  4. Learn to surf (preferably somewhere tropical, but I’m not picky)
  5. Learn to ballroom dance properly
  6. Become a freelance writer of sorts
  7. Attend Oktoberfest in Munich
  8. Visit Greece
  9. Shower in a waterfall
  10. Grow an herb garden
  11. Spend a day at a Nazi concentration camp
  12. Hike in the Grand Canyons
  13. Visit all 50 of the United States
  14. Earn a Masters degree
  15. See the pyramids of Giza, Egypt
  16. Go on a cruise
  17. Take an extended road trip across the country
  18. Take part in a missions trip
  19. Visit every capital city in Europe
  20. Attend South by Southwest Festival in Austin, TX
  21. Run a half marathon in another country
  22. Volunteer abroad for a significant amount of time
  23. Camp on the beach
  24. Set foot on each of the seven continents (although, admittedly, Antarctica might be a bit difficult)
  25. Climb a mountain (not of epic porportions – not trying to take on Everest here!)
  26. Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower
  27. Attend a game of the World Cup
  28. Visit Canada
  29. Start a profitable, location-independent business doing what I love
  30. Marry the love of my life
  31. Live in another country for  longer than a month
  32. Visit Hawaii
  33. Ride in a hot air balloon
  34. Go sky driving
  35. Zipline through the jungle
  36. Watch a live rocket launch
  37. View the Northern Lights (the Aurora Borealis)
  38. Visit the Parthenon in Greece
  39. Run along the Great Wall of China
  40. Go to Machu Picchu, Peru
  41. Spend time in Salzburg, Austria
  42. Island hop in the Caribbean
  43. Buy a home
  44. Read the Bible from cover to cover
  45. Have children
  46. Have grandchildren (many, many years down the road)
  47. Adopt a child (perhaps literally, otherwise through a sponsorship organization)
  48. Go snow skiing in Colorado
  49. Go snow shoeing
  50. Learn how to play bridge
  51. Become a better cook
  52. Plant a flower garden
  53. Watch every movie that has won an Academy Award for Best Picture
  54. Adopt a dog from a shelter
  55. Get a professional massage
  56. Complete a PhD degree
  57. Become a ten gallon blood donor
  58. Write and publish a book
  59. Go on an African safari
  60. Ride an elephant
  61. Stand astride the Prime Meridian
  62. Go snowboarding
  63. Go horseback riding on the beach
  64. Learn to speak French fluently (or any language, really)
  65. Climb up the Statue of Liberty
  66. Scuba in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia
  67. Save a life
  68. Teach English in a foreign country
  69. Go back to Disney World
  70. Donate plasma
  71. Stand in New York’s Times Square (and also visit the site of the fallen Twin Towers)
  72. Swim in the Dead Sea
  73. Get baptized in the Jordan River
  74. Eat lobster in Maine
  75. Go spelunking
  76. Learn how to play the piano
  77. Take an etymology class
  78. Learn to play the fiddle
  79. Go to Israel
  80. Donate my hair to Locks of Love

And on and on and on. This only scratches the surface. What can I say, I have big dreams. I want to see the world and experience as much as I can in the days I am gifted.

P.S.  I’d love to hear some of the fun things included on your bucket list, feel free to share!