Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Bucket List

One of the things I love most about my new job is that I have had the opportunity to meet some pretty inspiring people.

Our new department leader recently took the time to meet with me and the other newbies to talk about career paths and such. He told us this story about how, after he graduated business school, the company he worked for sent him to a leadership training class. During that class, he was asked to write a Bucket List. He was told to come up with at least 20 items on the list. He came up with over a hundred. When he brought his list in to share with the class facilitator, he was asked why he wasn't doing some of those things right now. Two months later, he quit the job and went on a journey to cross off some of the items on his list. He and his new wife traveled all over Europe and Africa for the next two years.

I sat there in awe listening to his story. He had attended that class to help him with his career, and instead it changed his life. It gave him the courage to take life by the balls and live it to its fullest. When I left that meeting, I felt so pumped up. I wanted to go build schools in Rwanda. I wanted to bust out the Shop Vac and head on down to Louisiana to clean up the oil spill. Or build a center for kids who can't read good.

But some of those things are not possible right now. So instead I decided to start a Bucket List of my own. I came up with 100 things. Here they are:

  1. Take up running
  2. Run the Disneyland Half Marathon
  3. Run the Disney World Marathon
  4. Hike the Grand Canyon
  5. Cook Thanksgiving Dinner
  6. Visit the Great Wall of China
  7. See the Taj Mahal
  8. Take a Cross Country Road Trip
  9. Drive the length of the Pacific Coast Highway
  10. Go Parasailing
  11. Make a quilt
  12. Own a pair of Christian Louboutins* (click on the link at your own risk, it's basically a whole bunch of shoe porn)
  13. Get something published*
  14. Stay at the Paradise Island Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas
  15. See Victoria Falls
  16. Go on African Safari
  17. See the sunrise at Machu Picchu
  18. Enjoy a hot chocolate in Spain
  19. Have a Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3
  20. See a play on Broadway
  21. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
  22. Learn to surf
  23. Ride a gondola in Venice
  24. See penguins in Antarctica
  25. Shop the Portobello Road
  26. Go to Scotland to find the Loch Ness Monster
  27. Take the Beatles tour in Liverpool
  28. Have lunch somewhere in Provence
  29. Stay at a villa in Tuscany
  30. Go to Lake Como Italy
  31. Go sailing
  32. Take the kids to Washington, DC
  33. Learn to ride a motorcycle
  34. Buy fudge on Mackinac Island
  35. Walk across Golden Gate Bridge
  36. Go to Martha's Vineyard
  37. Drink a Guinness in Ireland
  38. Take my daughter to the Ballet in New York
  39. See a kangaroo in Australia
  40. See the Pyramids in Egypt
  41. Go on an Alaskan Cruise
  42. Buy my Dad a car
  43. Take my Mom to Italy
  44. Go to the Great American Beer Festival with my husband
  45. See a game in every baseball stadium (so far I have been to Chase Field in Phoenix, Turner Field in Atlanta, Anaheim Stadium, Yankee Stadium (original), Comiskey Park, Wrigley Field)
  46. See the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam
  47. See Auschwitz
  48. Walk across the Charles Bridge in Prague
  49. Go to Greece
  50. See the statue of David in Florence
  51. Climb to the top of the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral
  52. See da Vinci's Last Supper
  53. Walk in the Forum in Rome
  54. See the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  55. Play in the snow in Switzerland
  56. Go somewhere wearing Leather Pants**
  57. Learn to Knit
  58. Get my degree
  59. Live in London for a year
  60. Live in NYC for a year
  61. See the Statue of Liberty
  62. Go to Boston
  63. Eat at Dogfish Head Brewing & Eats and Dogfish Head Alehouse
  64. Take a cooking class
  65. Take a cake decorating class
  66. See London at Christmas
  67. See Rockefellar Center at Christmas
  68. Walk the red carpet*
  69. Pet a lion
  70. Plant a vegetable and spice garden
  71. Take a photography class
  72. Be an extra in a movie
  73. Go to the Pergamon Museum in Berlin
  74. Eat Belgian Frites in Brussels
  75. See the Temple of Apollo at the Gardens of Stourhead
  76. See Angkor Wat in Cambodia
  77. Go to Hong Kong
  78. Learn to play tennis
  79. Go to Brighton, England
  80. Play Roulette or Craps in Vegas
  81. See the Berlin Wall
  82. Kiss the Blarney Stone
  83. Inspire someone
  84. Refinish a piece of furniture
  85. Own a 1956 Porsche Speedster*
  86. Touch a dolphin or whale
  87. Get laser hair removal
  88. Spend the night in a castle
  89. Ride on a zipline through the jungle/forest
  90. Eat a deep fried Mars bar in Scotland
  91. Spend a few days at Disneyland Paris
  92. Take a night train from one European country to another
  93. Take up Bicycling
  94. Learn to speak another language (or two)
  95. Figure out how to follow a pattern and make an entire outfit
  96. Learn to SCUBA dive
  97. Take a horse drawn carriage ride in Central Park
  98. Drink a Bellini at Harry’s Bar in Venice
  99. Drive a race car
  100. Get more than 100 followers on Twitter
So there it is. One hundred things I would like to do before I die. I am sure as I cross things off I will add more. And I realize some of these things may not appeal to you, but that's why you should do your own. And let me know if you do, I would love to read them.

*I realize money/status may prevent me from achieving this goal. I accept the challenge.
**I realize my age/weight may prevent me from achieving this goal. I acknowledge I am running out of time, as a 40+ year old woman who is not a rock star has no business wearing leather pants. However, with 14 months until my 40th birthday, I accept the challenge.


Stacey said...

Happy to say I've done a few things on that list, but sad to say that I hadn't ever heard of some of the places you listed. So yeah, I fell not vury smurt this mornin'.

DevilsHeaven said...

I find it interesting that things that I have done, mostly on a whim, are things on your bucket list.
If you ever find yourself planning that trip to see the pyramids in Egypt, let me know, I have contacts there.

chandy said...

I quite like your list very much and would have to agree with most of them!

Oh to have some extra folding money under my mattress! It would make it much easier!

Caitlin said...

Okay, I am stealing about half this list. I currently have a list of stuff to do before I turn 30. It's slow, but it's coming. 12 months (and ONE DAY) away!


Also also, I would LOVE to run the Disney half. Can we make it Disney World instead, and do it together?? Because I also want to go to the new Harry Potter theme park. OMG That would be SO FREAKING MAGICAL.

Karen R said...

Let me know when you're ready to be a "fudgie" (#34). I can help you plan that trip as I lived there for 34 years. Also, if you go to DC and a Republican is president, let me know. I have contacts there and can probably get you a White House tour. Can probably also get you a personal tour of Mt. Vernon!

DutchMac said...

I'm your girl for #46! And as for #82, I would seriously advise you ditch that goal .... it's well-known the drunk men p*ss all over it. Maybe you could just blow it a kiss from a distance.

Drop me an email re:Oct sometime. I'll also be in the States in less than 2 weeks, so a real chat over the phone could be in the cards. I'd love to play any part possible in helping cross some things off your Bucket List!

"Intentionally Katie" said...

If I do 5 of the things on your list before I die, I'd consider myself a raging success at life.

How pathetic is it that one of my 101 in 1001 is to PLAN an international trip with Mike. Plan. It's in your PLANS to step foot on every inch of the Earth and all I get to do is plan.

And at that, it will probably be for our 25th anniversary in 2025...

Chris H said...

What an impressive list!

WILLIAM said...

Take a plane to DC. Then take a train from DC to Boston. Stopping along the way. Your kids will love it. you can knock out Rehboeth DE for Dog fish etc

1-,20,21,32,38,45 (a few anyway Camden Yards Citizen Bank etc.)56,61,62,63,67,97. Problem is Rockafeller will not be at Christmas time.

for a different kind of girl said...

I feel a little sad that I've somehow...not forced myself, but that's the only word I can think of right now...but forced myself not to dream about doing such grand and interesting things. I would LOVE to see the Statue of Liberty in person. I just watched a History Channel program that detailed how it was built and I found it absolutely fascinating. I kept rewinding the DVR to catch parts of it again. My husband visited it as a youth, and has no desire to ever go back to New York, but honestly, I think I need to start my bucket list by simply stating I want to visit New York and then go from there.

Cindy Anderson said...

Love this, April! Just yesterday on the ride back from Flag my BFF and I comprised the first blush of our Bucket Lists.

Careful with those bosses that have studied - and applied - leadership classes. They can ruin it for the rest of them, and spoil you forever!