Monday, 28 November 2011

Life List

I have wanted to write an actual bucket list for a long time now. Ideas have rattled around in my head for ages, but I admittedly have never written anything down. And actually, I prefer the term Life List. Seems less morbid.
Until now. I’ve finally written the first draft of my list.

These are things that I’d love a chance to do. They’re not going to make my life complete—the more I travel, the more the bug bites, I’ve found—but by golly, our time on earth is short, and I like the idea of making the most of those days.

The objective of creating a life list isn’t to instil some kind of a race against time or to create aversion towards death. I don’t see our existence to be limited to just our physical years on earth – I don’t see our existence to be limited to just our physical years on earth – our physical lifespan is but a short speck of our existence in the universe. The whole point of a life list is to maximize every moment of our existence and live our life to the fullest. It’s a reminder of all the things we want to achieve in our time here, so that instead of pandering our time in pointless activities, we are directing it fully toward what matters to us.

Here is what I have so far, in no particular order:

1.  Live in another country for one year
2.  Foster a child in need
3.  Buy land
4.  Run through a piazza full of birds in Italy
5.  Fall in love

6.  Be in love!
7.  Buy a house
8.  Inspire 5 people to revisit a forgotten goal
9.  Live debt free
10. Explore a jungle
11. Put my hand in ten of the world’s natural oceans & bodies of water (1. Pacific Ocean, 2. Atlantic Ocean, 3. Gulf of Mexico, 4. Aegean Sea, 5. Lake Tahoe)
12. Get naked on a nude beach
13. Watch the sunrise at the beach
14. Buy something for each of my parents that they couldn’t afford on their own
15. Go to a major music festival- TOMORROWLAND- BELGIUM!!

16. Host a costume party
17. Enter or host a pie eating contest
18. Stay at a spa for an entire weekend
19. Visit Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
20.  Have sex on a yacht in the middle of the ocean (Gaby inspired me)
21. Hike a volcano
22. Show up at the airport with my bag and passport- take the first international flight out
23. Go on a silent retreat
24. Take a photo at the equator, with one foot in each hemisphere
25. Relax in The Blue Lagoon in Iceland
26. Go on a cruise
27. Conquer my fear of spiders and needles
28. Buy one designer clothing item and have it tailored to fit, with no buyer’s remorse
29. Call out the numbers at a BINGO game
30. See a play in the West End
31. Fill a room with balloons for no reason
32. Play a game of Monopoly from start to finish in one sitting
33. Give myself permission to change my mind about something or someone
34. Lead an entire pub in a round of Irish pub songs
35. Take a solo kayaking trip
36. See the Northern Lights in Alaska

37. Learn how to tango
38. Bake one type of cookie without looking at a recipe
39. Do 5 minutes of stand-up comedy on stage
40. Read every book by Charles Dickens
41. Sail a boat by myself
42. Organize a night game of hide-and-seek with friends
43. Learn how to properly decorate a cake
44. Make my own summer wardrobe
45. Wake up in a hut in Bali
46. Spend a summer in Denmark
47. Watch the snowfall in Bruges
48. Take a photography class
49.  Sky diving
50. Spread my toes in the sand in Africa

51. Learn Italian
52. Do a two-finger whistle for a cab
53. Sit on a porch in front of a house I've lived in for decades, whiskey in hand, grandchildren swinging on a tire swing

The list will continue…


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