Bucket List for Life

Everyone has been posting bucket lists for the 2013, but that’s a bit too much pressure for me! I’d rather just make a more ambitious list and give myself the deadline of, well, my entire life to get it all done. I can’t do these all in one year without spending a ton and having to quit my job, but I want to do 1 or 2 of the items on the list ever year. That said, there is at least one item I do NOT want to get to this year….

I’m not ready to start a family yet. Part of the reason I’m trying to do so much travelling now is that I know it will become more difficult when we have kids in a few years. Not impossible – plenty of people travel with their children – but definitely more challenging, expensive, and anxiety-inducing. As long as I’ve known my husband, I’ve always said “When I’m 30” as the date we’d start to have kids. Well, I’m only 26 (and a half)! That means I still have at least 3 1/2 more years of blissful, childfree existance. Hopefully, that will be followed by a lifetime of blissful, child-full existance, but we’ll see how blissful that really is (I have my doubts).

Disclaimer: Obviously, I have the right to revise this list at any time. I am always discovering new things that I would love to do, but clearly there is a theme to my list. With the exception of a few items, all of the things on my list center around seeing new places, and learning new things.  I suppose that is the point of a bucket list, though. These are in no particular order:

Bucket List for Life

  1. Start a family
  2. Become a licensed engineer
  3. Create a detailed family tree
  4. Finish visiting all 50 states (2 left!)
  5. Visit every continent (minus Antarctica)
  6. Climb the Statue of Liberty
  7. See the Eiffel Tower
  8. Swim in a bioluminescent bay
  9. Go to the Galapagos Islands
  10. Go to Octoberfest in Germany
  11. See the Great Wall of China
  12. Try surfing
  13. Visit my countries of heritage: Ireland and Poland
  14. Visit the pyramids
  15. Visit the Taj Mahal
  16. Attend the Olympics
  17. Go to Ayers Rock
  18. Climb to Machu Picchu
  19. See the Northern Lights
  20. Stay in one of those fancy hotels over the water in Fiji or wherever
  21. Run a marathon
  22. Go snorkeling
  23. Go ziplining
  24. Go to the Super Bowl
  25. Go to Mardi Gras
  26. Take a hot air balloon ride
  27. See the tulips in bloom in Holland
  28. Visit Santorini, Greece
  29. Hike (part of) the Appalachian Trail
  30. Hike (part of) the Incan Trail
  31. Climb a volcano
  32. Write a book
  33. See those crazy skull-lined tunnels in Paris
  34. Become fluent in a second language
  35. Learn the basics of a third language
  36. Go on that rollercoaster at the Strasphere, Las Vegas

There are a few things I’ve found on other bucket lists that I’ve actually already completed! I think it’s fun to look at other lists and remind myself just how much I’ve actually done in my life. One of the reasons I started this blog is because I’m worried that someday I might forget my experiences.

For example – until I reviewed the list below, I had forgotten that we’d gone whale watching! Now that it’s in the back of my mind again, I can remember all of the details – being a scared little 9 year old, thinking that the boat was going to tip over when everyone went to the same side of the boat to see the whales – the salty spray of the air – the churning water behind the boat as we sped through the water.

I’ve kicked the following off of the 225 item list over at Life’d:

  1. Solve a Rubik’s Cube
  2. Become a Lifelong Collector of Something That Fascinates You (my post card collection is definitely fascinating!)
  3. Watch a Space Shuttle Launch
  4. Get a Deep-Tissue Massage
  5. Visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial
  6. Ride All of the Roller Coasters at Cedar Point (though they’ve added new ones since then, so I need to go back!)
  7. Attend a Blue Man Group Show
  8. Work for Tips
  9. Attend a Murder Mystery Dinner
  10. Visit Hershey’s Chocolate World
  11. Tour the White House
  12. Attend the Midnight Screening of a Blockbuster Movie on Opening Day (I’ve also stood in line for a book at midnight the day it came out)
  13. Participate in a Polar Bear Plunge
  14. Get Married
  15. Go Whale Watching
  16. Forgive and Let Go of Grudges
  17. Learn to Paint
  18. File Your Own Taxes
  19. Attend a Cirque du Soleil Show
  20. Visit Walt Disney World Resort
  21. Take a Cooking Class
  22. See a Lunar Eclipse and a Solar Eclipse
  23. Connect With Teachers From Your Past
  24. Build a Bonfire and Make S’mores
  25. Read At Least Five Books From Modern Library’s Best Novels List
  26. Take a Photography Class
  27. See Old Faithful
  28. Create a Bucket List!

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2 replies

  1. Nice list and some great targets to achieve. Looking at the ones on your ‘completed’ list, I’d say you’re well on your way to completion! Great stuff!


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