Having a Bucket List

Having a Bucket List

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body. But rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming … ”wow – what a ride!”.

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I think I first became properly aware about the idea of a bucket list as a young teenager, but didn’t actually create one of my own until I was in my very late teens and even then it wasn’t very well formed. But over the years I’ve added things (that I’ve come to realise are important to me) and taken away things (that I had placed there based off other peoples bucket lists that I realised didn’t mean anything to me).

And as someone who happens to love any kind of list and checking things off I enjoyed putting them into a pretty book, even if it wasn’t completely necessary 🙂

For my bucket list I split it into groups;


Travel experiences

  • Road trip across America ✔
  • Visit New York, America ✔
  • Visit the Statue of Liberty, New York ✔
  • Visit the Hoover Dam, Arizona ✔
  • Watch The Fountains of Bellagio, Las Vegas ✔
  • Visit the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco ✔
  • Visit London ✔
  • Go on the London Eye ✔
  • Spend New Years Eve in London ✔
  • Spend New Years Eve in Sydney
  • Visit the Pyramids, Egypt
  • Visit Disney World
  • Visit Paris, France
  • Visit Australia
  • Catch a last minute flight to a random destination
  • Live in a different country for a period of timescales



Hoover Dam



Grand Canyon



Golden Gate Bridge

Animals and nature

  • See the Northern Lights
  • Watch a meteor shower
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Swim with sharks
  • Spend time with elephants
  • Spend time with lions
  • Own a dog ✔
  • Adopt a dog
  • Volunteer at a dog shelter
  • Go on a interactive safari

Oscar ♥


  • Go snorkeling or scuba diving
  • Fly in a hot air balloon
  • Go tandem sky diving
  • Go paragliding or hang gliding


  • Take a dance lesson
  • Learn to knit ✔
  • Master cooking a meal
  • Take a class in glass blowing
  • Plant a tree

First knitting attempt


  • Go to a music festival
  • Visit a fortune teller or palm reader
  • Go see a musical

Personal growth

  • Take a yoga class
  • Give blood
  • Help someone else check something off their list
  • Register as an organ donor ✔

Enjoyment and relaxation

  • Get a professional body massage
  • Go to a Turkish Bathhouse ✔

Life aspirations

  • Own my own house
  • Marry
  • Have children

Just because

  • Build a sandcastle
  • Build a snowman
  • Climb to the top of a tree
  • Start a fire without matches
  • Visit a haunted house ✔

I have been lucky enough to be able to complete a good amount of my bucket list but as you can see there is still plenty of big and small things to do. As for an explanation of some of them; for instance, I have built a sandcastle and a snowman before but it has been years and years, and I want to indulge on some occasion and do it again, but as organically as possible. I don’t want to be doing stuff just for the sake of ticking it off, I want there to be a memory behind them all – after all, that is the point of a bucket list, to come away with brilliant, irreplaceable memories. Which is also why the stuff listed ranges from big travel trips, to smaller, maybe sillier stuff, like climb to the top of a tree. For me, it’s just about trying to do things that bring me happiness and appreciating them.

Then there are other things that I have done, that are close to whats on the list, but not quite, such as, for a few months I volunteered at a cat shelter, but I still want to put the time in with dogs. I am a dog person after all 🙂

As a final thought regarding bucket lists, don’t worry if you don’t seem to be able to tick stuff off, somethings on my list I am sure I will not be able to/get round to doing, that doesn’t mean I’ve failed, it just means that life doesn’t always work out how you might have penned it to paper. And the chances are that you’ll end up doing (or already have done) things that you never realised you wanted to do. So if you ever get discouraged just think about anything you’ve done that made you happy, that you think back on fondly, that others might really want to do but cannot for whatever reason – I’m sure you’ll realise that your life so far has been full with bucket list worthy memories.

If anyone would like to know more about the individual things I’ve done, such as the road trip across America I would be more than happy to do a post about it.

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