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My bucket list!

In keeping with the spirit of this blog- to live life to the fullest through as many new experiences as possible- I have been slowly compiling the start to my ‘bucket list.’ I dislike that term, but I don’t have a better one to replace it with.. yet. My ‘life list’? My ‘wish list’? My ‘to do/see/experience list’? I understand why most people just use the term ‘bucket list’ – there is no other succinct term I can find that really fits.

This list is an ever evolving collection of dreams I have, places I want to go, things I want to do in this one life I have to live- and I’m inviting everyone along! Please feel free to use the items for your own list as well. Also, if you have any suggestions for additions to my list, let me know, and maybe a few of you will be involved in my hijinks! 😉

My Bucket List (as of today):

1. Marry a man who loves God more than me

2. Have children

3. Have a beer at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

4. Stay in a treehouse hotel

5. Build a house with Habitat For Humanity

6. Visit New York City, see a Broadway show, stand at the top of the Empire State Building, take a picture in Times Square, visit Ground Zero and Ellis Island.

7. Swim in an ocean at night

8. Visit Pompeii and have a tour guide take me through the ruins

9. See an active volcano (from a safe distance!)

10. Start my own business- even if it is just a side gig

11. Meet the President of the US while they are in office

12. Ride in a gondola in Venice

13. Fly in a hot air balloon over the Loire Valley in France

14. See Mount Rushmore

15. See the Northern Lights

16. Ride on a camel by the Great Pyramids of Giza on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt

17. Swim with sharks

18. Walk on the Great Wall of China

19. Write, illustrate and publish a book

20. Learn conversational Spanish

21. Go swimming with dolphins

22. See cherry blossoms in Japan

23. Go snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef

24. Ride on the back of an elephant

25. Go on an archeological dig

26. Explore a cave

27. Meet my favorite Youtubers- the Shaytards and CTFxC

28. Hike up to see Machu Pichu

29. Visit Stonehenge

30. Go on a cruise

31. See the Floating Lantern Festival in Thailand

32. Learn to play the guitar

33. Go on a safari in Africa

34. Stay at the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweeden- and try some of the activities, ice sculpting, ice fishing, husky sleighing, moose watching or a snowmobile safari

35. Live abroad for at least a year

36. Go whale watching

37. Visit the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik, Croatia and climb to the summit of Mount Srdj to see the view

38. Have a paintball fight

39. Kiss the Blarney Stone- and explore Ireland while I’m at it! (Also a must- stay in a picturesque Irish cottage that burns peat in the fireplace)

40. Be a part of a Flash Mob

41. Go to the Olympics

42. See the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in person

43. Go on the Leavesden Harry Potter studio tour

44. Go on a storm chase

45. Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

46. See the tulips in Holland

47. St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ireland

48. Drink vodka in Russia

49. Walk the winding stairway in San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Spain

50. Wine tasting in Napa Valley

51. Visit Brussels, Belgium

52. Cross the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge in Lynn Canyon Park, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

53. Have a picnic at the Eiffel Tower

54. Climb Ben Nevis in Scotland

55. Paddle through the medieval town Cesky Krumlov on the gently flowing Vltava River, some September, stopping for lunch at a beer garden along the route

56. Have a photograph published

57. Hike at least part of the Appalachian Trail

58. Go to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants town in Greece- Santorini, Greece

59. Be an extra in a movie

60. Participate in a murder mystery dinner- ‘Clue’ style

61. Go on a ghost tour

62. Participate in an International sketchbook Exchange

63. Camp on a beach

64. Go on a cruise down a European River

65. Take a cooking class in Tuscany

66. Taste wine in the fairytale Colmar, France

67. Go to a Super Bowl

68. Go surfing

69. Make a bonfire at the beach

70. Go zip lining

71. Backpack across Europe

72. Visit Victoria Falls in Zambia Zimbabwe

73. Swim in crystal clear water in the Maldives

74. Visit the Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, England- made famous in ‘Pride and Prejudice’

75. See the Declaration of Independence in person

 

 

If you’re still reading, I wanted to add this following blurb which sums up my feelings on bucket lists exactly. (Despite my annoyance at the term itself). It is verbatim from http://thebucketlistblog.org:

“The basic idea behind a bucket list is that our souls were meant to desire something greater. We all have greater yearnings and wants that are just out of reach, and I believe that we were created like this for a reason. I believe that we were meant to desire something greater simply because we are meant to be satisfied by something greater. What if we were designed to achieve a set of goals that could not be measured by any physical standards or by anyone else? What if there were an actual bucket list that God designed specifically for you? An agenda of adventures that He wants you to experience and a way of living that you were meant to live before you kick the proverbial bucket? You may imagine that submitting and seeking a life in God would be extremely limiting, totally unappealing, and would translate into becoming a cloistered nun, a missionary in Ethiopia, or something else contrary to the dreams you have already written down up to this point. In fact, I think a great deal of followers in the church believe that God put them on the earth to be a good boy or girl and nothing else. I guarantee you however, this is not the case. That’s why he devised the world in such a way that we are rewarded most when we embrace risk as the theme of our lives, which is to say, when we live by faith. God doesn’t expect us to be “successful”; only faithful. When God set man on the earth, he gave us an incredible mission—he gave us a charter to explore, build, conquer, and each care for different things in his creation. He gave us permission to live from the heart, and whether it’s building a boat and sailing it, writing a symphony and playing it, planting a field and caring for it—those are the things you were made to do because those are the desires that are most suitable for drawing us near to himself. So don’t suppress any of these desires that you may have, but embrace them. In the same breath, the key to this grand way of living life is to submit to God’s version of your deepest desires instead of insisting that He bless, approve, and put the final stamp on our version of things. God’s bucket list for you is unique, and if you’re trying to embrace His list, who better to talk to than God Himself. Through whatever goals he sets for you, know that the ultimate goal is for you to know Him more. Therefore, let your desires endure, let your passions persist, and make sure to live a life that is ultimately driven by eternity.” – http://thebucketlistblog.org

What stories will you have to tell when it is all said and done? After all, we are the writers of our own story. Make yours one worth telling.

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One response to “My bucket list!

  1. Think your cold has gotten to you that is quite a list

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