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.”



  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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