I first heard the term a couple of years ago on Twitter.

I asked what it meant.  It still didn’t make ANY sense to me.

The term, that is.

Having a list of things you want to do before you die makes total sense.  I’ve had one since I was little.  I just simply called it “Things I Want To Do Before I Die”

Then, last month my daughter came home with a movie.  Guess which one.  I didn’t even know there was a movie called The Bucket List.  And with Morgan Freeman AND Jack Nicholson at that.

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Man, I’m getting old.  For a self-professed Movie Junkie, this is unacceptable.

Needless to say we watched the movie and I loved it.

Now, a month later, I occurred to me… I’ve had my own bucket list in my head for about 40 years and have even mentioned some of the items in some of my posts.

Why not write it down?

So, here we go:

  1. Go to Med School
  2. Win a Nobel Prize in science (for discovering something that would save millions of lives)
  3. Move to Canada
  4. Become an astronaut
  5. Go to Norway to see the fjords
  6. Experience the midnight sun
  7. Go to Teotihuacán
  8. Travel across Europe
  9. Go scuba diving
  10. Go sky diving
  11. Learn how to ski (Downhill. I didn’t even know cross-country ski existed till I moved to Canada)
  12. Go skiing in the Alps
  13. Visit the Smithsonian
  14. Visit New York City
  15. Visit New Orleans
  16. Visit San Francisco
  17. Take a train trip across Canada.  From coast to* coast (*half done. Did Vancouver to Windsor, Fall 2016)
  18. See the Northern Lights with my own eyes
  19. See polar bears in their habitats (zoos don’t count)
  20. Learn to Swing Dance
  21. Go to a party dressed in a true Victorian outfit (not necessarily FROM that period but an exact reproduction)
  22. Ditto but with an Edwardian outfit
  23. Ditto but with a Medieval outfit
  24. Build and run a Cat Sanctuary (OK, this one may be just wishful thinking.  I don’t think I’ll ever have the money for this)

That’s off the top of my head.  If I remember something that got left out, I’ll add it.  I might also add items as I go

Now, to be fair, there are some items that used to be in my childhood’s bucket list but I have taken them out.  Mostly for health reasons.  Here are some of them:

  1. Visit the Giza Necropolis.  If you invent an affordable personal cooling system, let me know
  2. Visit Tibet.  I still might.  If China de-occupies it

Also, as you can see, I’ve already done some of the things and thus they are crossed.

What do you have in your bucket list?

23 thoughts on “

  1. Fred says:

    I think we need to make #16, #17, and #18 happen next year. If I kept a bucket list, they’d be on mine. Although I’ve seen the northern lights many times but I do miss it.

  2. Sid Dunnebacke says:

    Re #17, ask me sometime about our poorly conceived honeymoon. Re #24, I also want to do it. It’s not the same, but have no fear if you don’t cross it off your list; I’m confident my Anna will do it. #19 – you should hurry. Sadly.

    This inspires me to do the same… which will take some thought, as I’ve actually not given it thought before. Geez.

    • SummerSolsticeGirl says:

      Is this a good time to ask about your poorly conceived honeymoon? ;)

      I am counting on Anna, then. And I’ll try to hurry up with #19. Need to start saving for that. I’ll thinking I’ll get 18 & 19 together.

      And then there’s 5 & 6, my other childhood dream…

  3. 1EarthUnited says:

    It’s from the expression, “kicking the bucket”, during the middle ages when people were hanged, a noose was tied around the neck while standing on a bucket. The executioner would kick the bucket from underfoot…
    BTW, nice bucket list, I would like to visit Columbia and taste life there. Cheers!

  4. "HE WHO" says:

    I’ve seen the Northern Lights many,many times, but only once did I see it rolling across the sky. It was awesome. I love watching the sky at night and would so much rather be out west than trying to see the stars through Toronto’s smog. I’m glad to see someone who thinks the Aurora Borealis is important enough to have on their bucket list!

    • SummerSolsticeGirl says:

      Oh, how wonderful. I can’t wait to see them with my own eyes.

      I also love watching the sky at night and one of the very few things I don’t like about living in the city is the light pollution. Some day!

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