Bucket List

Building A Bucket List

Welcome to the newest category of my blog – “Bucket List”.  For the past couple of years, I have been adding things to my bucket list as I think of them.  I decided having a category for these items, would not only help me keep them in order, but give me a place where I could write about them as I accomplish them,  as well as record my journey getting there.

Even though a Bucket List is a list of things you want to accomplish before you kick the bucket, it is not a morbid or sad list.  It is merely a list of things you would like to do, either because they are just fun, or because they will bring you a sense of accomplishment.  Some of the items on my list (which, my list is still a list in progress) are there because they are things that I want to do simply for the enjoyment of doing them.  Some of them are on my list because they are things that I have always wanted to do, I just haven’t been quite sure about ever having the opportunity.  Some of them are on my list because, not only do I want to do them, but I know I am going to have to work towards it and push myself to accomplish it.

I do feel like a good list should be a balanced list.  By having some easier to acccomplish items, I can cross them off, but also add to them, and make them a little more challenging.    Kind of like a “next stage” achievement.  For example, I have “learn to ski” on my current list.  We all know that did not happen on my first ski outing over New Years.  At some point, I will learn to ski though,  and I will cross that particular item off of my list.  However, learning to ski will probably not be the end of it (assuming I enjoy it once I get the hang of it).  Maybe my next stage will be to ski a beginner slope (I am currently on the Magic Carpet – one step under the Bunny Hill).  My next stage after that, would be to ski a moderate slope, all the way until I am on the advanced slopes with advanced skiers.  By combining some easier quests with the more difficult ones, it allows for a sense of accomplishment, and keeps the list fun and enjoyable.

I do not have a set time (other than the obvious) for crossing items off of my bucket list.  Nor are they listed in any particular order, other than as I thought of them.   As I think of more ideas to add to my list, I will come back and edit this post to make the additions.  If you have a suggestion, let me know what it is!  I am always open to suggestions 🙂  And if this post encourages you to start your own Bucket List, I would love to know the kind of things you are adding!  The only rules you need to follow, are to make them enjoyable, and have fun!

My Bucket List  Last updated March 13, 2019

  1.  Run a FULL marathon
  2. Learn to ski
  3. Watch the sun set in Monterey, CA    November 2, 2019 Asilomar State Beach  A Perfect Stay In Monterey
  4. Go on a cruise
  5. See Italy
  6. Visit all of the U.S. Lighthouses (and get my book stamped)
  7. Hike the Pacific Coast Highway
  8. Hike to the top of Pikes Peak
  9. Complete the National Parks Half Marathon Series
  10. Kayak through the Grand Canyon
  11. Kayak the Snake River
  12. Visit, and find something positive, in ALL of the US states
  13. Cook my way through a cookbook
  14. Read one true story every month for one year.  January:  High Achiever ;  February:  Mockingbird
  15. Write a book.
  16. Buy a house.
  17. Eat Bugs (Suggested entry)  🙂
  18. Learn a new language (Suggested entry)  🙂

Check back often to see new additions, and follow along in future posts as I make my way through my list!  See you soon!

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