I’ve been creating and editing my “bucket list” for a while. When I write posts, I like to make sure I know what I am talking about and the meaning of things I am speaking on, so I googled bucket list meaning and was happy to report that it is exactly what I had interpreted it to be. I am writing a bucket list of places I want to see and things I want to experience before I kick the bucket. Working as a nurse has increased my awareness of how fleeting life can be, so it has caused me to really dig deeper in to what things I want to do while I can still get around easily, and what places I want to visit while motility is not an issue.
I have chosen to create my bucket list to include places and things that are attainable in my lifetime with some creative financing and determination, but your bucket list can look very different. The idea of visiting these places and experiencing these things ignites a fire in my soul. Perhaps you have traveled a lot already and your bucket list includes much bigger goals. Perhaps you aren’t sure yet what ignites the fire in your soul and your bucket list is a much simpler list, which is awesome, because as you tick things off it may evolve. Perhaps your list is ways to serve others, or things you want to do on a daily basis. The idea, in my opinion, is to keep evolving your list as you evolve as a person. At some point I may prioritize my list, but as of now I do not have a timeline for when I want to do these things.
While my bucket list is specific to things that I want to see and do, or things I would like to see and do with my husband and/or kids, my hope is that my husband and kids will make their own bucket lists and we will have some things we all want to check off together. For instance, I know my two youngest kids (whom are young adults) are interested in visiting Scotland and exploring our heritage. I had hoped to take them to Scotland when my youngest child graduated from high school, but his post high school plans didn’t allow for it. Now perhaps we can do so when he graduates college.
So far this is what my list looks like. While they are in no particular order, I am not going to lie, number one and two are definitely top places I want to visit.
- Fiji, Bora Bora or Tahiti: I would love to go to at least one of these. If I could have anything at all for my 50th birthday, this would be my number one wish!
- Scotland: I am a novice ancestry/family researcher and have significant family roots in Scotland. I would like to go visit different castles (and find the one I have direct descendants from), I would like to explore Edinburgh, and I would like to visit churches and cemeteries that hold my direct ancestors. I would love for my Husband to be able to play golf at some of the famous Scottish courses.
- While Scotland is my priority when I finally go to Europe, I do think it would be great to visit England, Ireland, and Germany.
- I keep reading about great deals to Iceland on the way to Europe, so I would love to stop over in Iceland for a few days. Maybe swim in the Blue Lagoon, see the Aurora Borealis and visit the Lava Caves.
- Drive Route 66 from start to finish and back.
- Explore Bryce Canyon
- Go back to Washington DC. There is so much history there that the two weeks I spent there several years ago wasn’t even close to enough time to see it all.
- Michigan. While most people don’t have visiting Detroit & Flint Michigan and the surrounding areas, both my husband and I have deep family roots in the area. His family owned a large seed company in Detroit, and had a lake house on Orchard Lake, both of which we would like to see. My Grandfather grew up in Detroit, and I would like to visit a few cemeteries to pay homage to my family history.
- Explore all of Costa Rica
- Explore Dominican Republic
- Explore the Maldives
- Visit the Turks & Caicos
- Take a cruise to Alaska (or charter a boat to Alaska)
- Visit Italy & take a Gondola ride, and visit Portofino
- See the Sistine Chapel
- Take a hot air balloon ride.
- Explore Greece, especially want to go to Santorini
- Stay on Martha’s Vineyard for a week in the summer
- Visit Havasu Falls
- Visit Kentucky & hit the Bourbon trail
- Learn how to paddle board & how to surf
- Go to Mardi Gras in New Orleans
- Charter a boat in the Caribbean
- Explore Maine. There is a place there that most any time of the year you can be there and see the first of the sunrise in the U.S.
- Visit St Croix
- Own a second home on Maui
- Rent a Houseboat on Lake Shasta or Lake Havasu
- Take Grand kids to Disneyland (this could be a long while…. it will require at least one of my kids to provide the grandchildren)
- Get back on skis again.
- Read the Outlander Series
My list is long, and while I may never get to all of the places, I am going to try my hardest. I also plan to continuously add to the list, as I am constantly finding new and intriguing places to visit and activities to partake in. I have traveled enough in my life already to have checked off some places that are big on other’s bucket lists and for that I feel very fortunate. While some of the travel was done when I was in my late teens, and I did not appreciate the value of the moment at the time, I am now very thankful that I had the opportunities to experience new places.
My challenge for you now is to start your own bucket list! Share them with me on Facebook or Twitter! I cannot wait to see what you all come up with!