Bucket List

Bucket List

“Man, some day I’d really like to…” I found myself saying that today while reading a new book. It’s been a few years since I wrote my last list, and it’s gotten buried and lost in some half-finished journal somewhere, with no heed paid to what was on the list. The book I just finished, Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie, was good in that I learned about an historical figure I knew nothing about – it was informative. Yes, she was Great. And now I have started a new book, leaving Catherine and all her Russian political endeavors behind me. Note: I am the world’s slowest reader…what takes a normal person a couple weeks to read a book will take me months. The one book club I have been a part of, I joined mostly for the wine drinking and gossip. In any case, each and every time I pick up this new book to read, I get excited about the prospect of life and all its possibilities…it’s been a while since a book brought that out of me. Maybe Hunger Games, but I can’t exactly get myself elected in the Reaping to go kill other kids..ok stop Amy, that’s just awful. This book I’m reading now is To the Last Breath by Francis Slakey, and is the chronicle of a man who, at 37, decided to be the first man to climb all of the world’s highest mountains and surf all of the world’s oceans. The point of the book is less about the feats and more that he began his mission a very cold and callous man with the belief that connection to other people is a hindrance to life…and then finds himself and the meaning to his life in the course of these physical achievements. His list and reading about his adventures makes me want to remake my list…and who knows? Maybe even put an item on my calendar? Let’s give this a shot…

Amy’s Bucket List (open to self-editing and additions)…the ones I can remember from the last list that I’ve done are at the bottom

- sleep on a cot attached to the side of a mountain in the middle of an ascent (I got that one from the book and realized I’ve always wanted to try it)
- do missionary-type work in another country
- live in another country
- photograph Aurora Borealis
- ride in a helicopter
- learn to fly a helicopter
- go on a cattle ride with my dad
- ride in a hot air balloon
- dance the tango in Argentina
- be in a flash mob
- take an art class
- make a piece of furniture
- learn how to make Cake Boss type cakes
- learn fluent Chinese and Spanish…and rough Macedonian
- work with abused women to help empower them
- climb Mt. Ranier
- stand on Machu Picchu
- spend the night in an igloo
- have at least one child
- take a homeless person out to eat
- learn to play at least one pretty song on the guitar
- meet a Tibetan monk
- go to Calcutta where Mother Teresa worked and meet the nuns she worked with
- learn to kite-surf
- see a Broadway play on Broadway
- sail from island to island in Greece
- help at least one little girl that wouldn’t otherwise go through college
- complete an Ironman
- perfect my own gluten-free baking
- in all my endeavors, meet new people and friends
– hold a monkey
- walk on the Great Wall of China
- scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef
- kiss the Blarney Stone
- learn Chinese
- sing Karaoke in public
- ride a seadoo
- see Stonehenge
- see Monet’s Bridge Over a Pool of Water Lilies painting
- ride a dolphin

Ok that’s a decent start. Now that I look at it, I think I can actually work on a couple of these. I’d love to see other people’s bucket lists too! (maybe I’ll snag an idea or two!)

Here are two other bucket lists that may also be inspiring:

http://www.the9to5alternative.com/blog/no-regrets-renaissance-living-and-a-bucket-list

http://www.seanogle.com/bucket-list

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