The Bucket List

Everyone has a bucket list.   It’s come up a few times for me lately.  In my post about riding my bike to Amsterdam, I mentioned that it had been on my bucket list.   But I never gave much though to putting this so called list on paper.  Plus my career coach recently asked me to create one and I found that my left brain often takes over and it becomes more of a “to do” list rather than a list of wants and desires.  So to make it not just more of a challenge for me to think creatively, but to make it more real, I’m putting it here on my blog.  Maybe it will help to release my inner adventurer who’s just been too afraid to take that leap of faith and do something new.  It’s going to be an evolving list as I imagine my wants and desires will change with the wind.  We’ll see how it goes!

When I’ve accomplished something, you’ll see the colored strikethrough which means there is a link to the blog entry that I’ve written about the item that’s been checked off.

  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • Go on a safari
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Take a writing class
  • Do some form of volunteer work (in kids’ schools not included!)
  • Stay in an ice hotel
  • Stay in a tree house hotel
  • Learn to play an instrument
  • Learn to program
  • Write a book
  • Try paddle boarding
  • Starting playing tennis again (it’s been years!)
  • Run a half marathon
  • Rent an RV and drive along the California coast
  • Hike or ride a horse/donkey through the Grand Canyon
  • Go back to the island where Josh and I were engaged with the kids
  • Go camping in Yellowstone National Park
  • Be spontaneous and show up the airport with a suitcase and pick the first destination available
  • Do an act of kindness like buying someone coffee behind me in line
  • Go dog sledding in Alaska
  • Start a new business
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Unplug for at least a week a year (meaning NO internet, email, etc!!!)
  • Take a year off to travel the world
  • Go to a Barça / Real Madrid match
  • Stand on both sides of the equator
  • Float in the Dead Sea
  • Watch turtles hatching
  • Go to a lantern festival
  • Dance in the rain
  • Learn to dance (like salsa)
  • Travel to all 7 continents (4 down!)
  • Learn to knit (like a scarf or hat!)
  • Visit every country in the world (there are approx 195 and we’ve been to about 35)
  • Go to the Great Wall of China
  • Travel – there are really too many to list but let’s start with these.  I’m only including the “big” ones since Europe is pretty easy for us to navigate.
    • Australia and New Zealand
    • Cuba
    • Easter Island
    • Thailand
    • South Africa
    • Egypt
    • Morocco
    • Brazil
    •  Chile
    •  Peru
    •  Argentina
    • Ecuador
    • Guatemala
    • Costa Rica
    • Panama
    •  Vancouver
    • Mexico

What’s on your bucket list?  Anything you think I should add?

Julie