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A bucket list is a list of things that you want to see or do before you die.
And if you haven’t seen the movie with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson in it, you should totally watch it! It’s about two men who meet in a hospital after both of them have been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. In an attempt to live more fully, they decide to make an around-the-world-trip to mark things off one of their lists. It’s really thought-provoking, so next time you’re bored, check it out!
Sometimes, when I get writer’s block, I lose motivation for the blog and since it’s grown so much since I started it two years ago, I want to make sure that I’m consistent with content. Thankfully, my friends always step up to the plate when I need a little help along the way and they never mind to answer my curious questions on Facebook. This time around, I asked them what was on their bucket list. I have my own list, but I want to share what my friends had to say first!
I want to visit Australia—including the backcountry and I’d like to also go to Alaska. The reason I haven’t done either yet is mostly due to time and partly due to the expense of the trip. I don’t want to be worried about what I spend when I’m gone! I’d like to be able to stay at least 2-3 weeks since it’s so far. For now, I really like to think about it and plan the things I’d like to see and do while I’m there. You know, kind of map out a plan for the day that I go. —Monica
I finished a marathon last year. It didn’t start out being a bucket list item, but I couldn’t pass up the challenge when the opportunity presented itself. It feels like it was a dream. I’m reminded of women who have given birth that say that they don’t remember the pain of the experience, only the joy of the success. I’m pretty sure some hormones are involved. —Kristin
There are many bucket list accomplishments for me in the last several years. I bought and paid for my own home, became debt free, met and married my husband, opened my bakery, sold it to another amazing woman, moved to Florida, and got my swimming pool! Too hard to choose one! —Bo
Getting my concealed carry permit. Totally outside my comfort zone and was scared to death but passed both the written and shooting. And now carry a Smithfield XD-9 subcompact. Because of my work area (and I am sure you understand why), I needed some type of protection. —Darla
I want to jump out of a plane. Hot air ballooning was on my list. I crossed it off in Morocco last summer on our bucket list trip. Seeing that much of the globe with the hubby was on my list. My husband Dave gave me that opportunity. I still want to see the Taj Mahal, Hagia Sophia, the pyramids and the Holy Land. This world is so big and beautiful. So many people live differently than we do, and what we chase here in the US is not what other cultures value. I feel like we bring that home with us when we go. And, living for an extended time in Italy or Ireland are not ever far from my heart. I’ve always wanted to learn to play the fiddle, too. —Melissa
I want to take a Mediterranean tour, but I haven’t done it yet due to money. —Kari
I want to spend a whole month in Italy—immersing myself in the language so I leave speaking Italian, traveling all over the country relishing the foods and wines of many areas, just taking my time to meet people and wander the streets of Florence and Venice again, and discovering new corners that offer unimagined beauty and magic. Icing on the cake would be having the perfect traveling companion, of course, because I am ever the hopeless romantic. —Marie
I have a huge desire to learn sign language. My daughter Olivia and I actually want to take classes together. I am deaf in my right ear and am losing hearing in my left. So eventually, I will need this to communicate. I hope we can do this very soon. —Tina
Visiting both Paris and Tahiti. I was researching airfares today to Paris, and I have been saving so I will have enough frequent flyer miles for two, round-trip, first-class tickets! It’s taken a LONG time to save that many frequent traveler miles! —Matthew
I made my own bucket list in September of 2010.
I know that only because I blew the dust off of my old leather journal this week and found it. A few of the things on it made me scratch my head, but most of them are still things I want to do:
- Travel across the country in an RV
- Take a photography class
- Ride a Harley
- Travel to Ireland, Portugal, Africa, Australia, and Italy
- Take some art classes
- Swim with dolphins
- Go to NYC during Thanksgiving (Macy’s Day Parade)
Because I haven’t looked at that list in several years, there were a few that I had already done, so I was able to scratch these off:
- Learn an instrument (guitar, but I’m rusty)
- Feed a giraffe (my friend Josh surprised me by arranging that in St. Louis)
- Live at the beach (done, done, and done)
- Learn to paint a room (hard work, I despise painting now)
- Find an intact conch shell (it’s a baby, but it’s perfect)
- Travel to Austria (truly the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen)
- Have amazing, breathless, satiating sex with someone I love (hey, y’all know by now that I keep it real!)
Personally, I think everyone should have a bucket list.
I’ll probably redo my list soon and start marking things off it again. Several years ago, I did a small group study about what I would do if I only had 30 days to live and I implemented some of those things during that time, but I can’t remember the specifics. I only remember the feeling of accomplishment and pride in following through on things that meant something to me.
So, what’s on yours?
Til next time, stay sassy.
What’s on your bucket list and what have you marked off so far?
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