My Bucket List

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.

  1. Run a marathon
  2. Summit Mount Washington Finally 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.
  3. Perform in a musical
  4. Take ballroom dance lessons
  5. Visit Paris
  6. Visit Santorini
  7. Visit Italy (Rome, Venice)
  8. Read the LOTR series
  9. Attend a worship service from 5 world religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism)
  10. Get a college degree As of June 20, 2014, I am officially a graduate of Northwestern University.
  11. Speak at an eating disorder center
  12. Become debt-free
  13. Have an essay, article, or book published
  14. See the Northern Lights
  15. Learn to slalom waterski
  16. Attend a music festival
  17. See a Cirque du Soleil show
  18. Sing karaoke at a bar I 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.
  19. Visit Washington D.C. October 2014 marked the completion of this goal! Finally, I’m a real American citizen…
  20. Travel to surprise someone I went to opening night of my brother’s winter musical and he had NO idea. His face was priceless.
  21. Go 1 week without phone, computer, or TV
  22. Visit San Francisco Spring break 2014 saw my first ever trip to the Bay become a reality!
  23. Do a NEDA walk
  24. See Niagara Falls
  25. Be able to put my foot behind my head Who knew that after only a few months of yoga this would be easy peasy?
  26. Learn to sail I kicked this one in the ass in July of 2014. I’m not a good sailor, believe me. But I did it.
  27. Celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  28. Fall in love Isn’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.
  29. Go to a drive-in movie
  30. Own a pet (excluding fish)
  31. Make a T-shirt quilt
  32. Spend at least a month somewhere English isn’t the primary language
  33. Eat at an Asian restaurant This doesn’t even feel like a big deal to me anymore, which is huge.
  34. Get married
  35. Make the first move It didn’t work out – but what the hell, right? At least I learned that I can do it.
  36. Do a color run
  37. Learn to play an instrument I can proudly play several chord progressions on the ukulele – I’m not awesome, but I’m learning, and that’s what counts.
  38. Go on a cruise
  39. Pay for the car behind me at a toll booth
  40. Go 28 days without picking my fingers
  41. Watch a live Olympic event
  42. Visit London
  43. Watch the ball drop in NYC
  44. Play a well-thought-out prank on someone
  45. 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.”

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7 comments

  1. Your Bucket- List made me smile and also inspired me to put mine on my blog. I have one somewhere written down. We have some in common such as # 13 (book), #14, and I loved the idea of #9!

    you’re a beautiful writer.

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