Two months ago marked the first time I had ever made any sort of bucket list. I mean, I guess I’d thought about some of the things I wanted to accomplish in life, but I’d never really written it down or anything. It was a daunting task to go through the cobwebby corners of my brain to find some of the goals and wishes that used to be there, but it was interesting – and it rekindled in me a desire to not only think, but DO.
Granted, not everything that’s ever been on my internal bucket list went on the written one. When I was in fourth grade, I desperately wanted to join the military and then attend MIT. Somehow, I don’t think that’s going to happen (nor do I really want it to). But for the most part, this is a pretty comprehensive list of all the things I truly want to accomplish. So I’m writing it down here, so that I can check goals off as I achieve them (and brag about it).
So without further ado, here is my list!
EDIT: I revised this list – made it longer but cut a lot of things out that I wanted to do just so I could say I did. This list is much more representative of what I actually want to achieve.
- Run a marathon
Summit Mount WashingtonFinally completed on September 21, 2014. I puked 4 times on the way up…and almost didn’t summit because my boyfriend ran to the top with my water bottle in his backpack.
- Perform in a musical
- Take ballroom dance lessons
- Visit Paris
- Visit Santorini
- Visit Italy (Rome, Venice)
- Read the LOTR series
- Attend a worship service from 5 world religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism)
Get a college degreeAs of June 20, 2014, I am officially a graduate of Northwestern University.
- Speak at an eating disorder center
- Become debt-free
- Have an essay, article, or book published
- See the Northern Lights
- Learn to slalom waterski
- Attend a music festival
- See a Cirque du Soleil show
Sing karaoke at a barI am proud to say this one has been done – not only did I sing karaoke at a bar, but I sang karaoke in harmony with my best friend! It was pretty amazing. Visit Washington D.C.October 2014 marked the completion of this goal! Finally, I’m a real American citizen… Travel to surprise someoneI went to opening night of my brother’s winter musical and he had NO idea. His face was priceless.
- Go 1 week without phone, computer, or TV
Visit San FranciscoSpring break 2014 saw my first ever trip to the Bay become a reality!
- Do a NEDA walk
- See Niagara Falls
Be able to put my foot behind my headWho knew that after only a few months of yoga this would be easy peasy? Learn to sailI kicked this one in the ass in July of 2014. I’m not a good sailor, believe me. But I did it.
- Celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Fall in loveIsn’t it awesome when something like that just happens to you? I don’t know how to put a date on this one, but trust me, it happened. In late 2014.
- Go to a drive-in movie
- Own a pet (excluding fish)
- Make a T-shirt quilt
- Spend at least a month somewhere English isn’t the primary language
Eat at an Asian restaurantThis doesn’t even feel like a big deal to me anymore, which is huge.
- Get married
Make the first moveIt didn’t work out – but what the hell, right? At least I learned that I can do it.
- Do a color run
Learn to play an instrumentI can proudly play several chord progressions on the ukulele – I’m not awesome, but I’m learning, and that’s what counts.
- Go on a cruise
- Pay for the car behind me at a toll booth
- Go 28 days without picking my fingers
- Watch a live Olympic event
- Visit London
- Watch the ball drop in NYC
- Play a well-thought-out prank on someone
- Go 3 consecutive days without looking in the mirror
The thing is, I don’t feel like any of those things are unrealistic by any means. If there’s anything that I’m learning during this time of self-discovery, it’s that I actually can do anything. It’s never a matter of ability, only choice. And as our good friend Albus Dumbledore once said, “it is our choices, Harry that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”