I don’t recall when I first heard the term bucket list, but I’ve been writing out annotated lists of my personal goals and dreams for as long as I can remember. These days, my lists are of a more practical nature: age and life responsibilities have weakened my dreamer muscles, and while I don’t think that there’s anything inherently wrong with focusing more on the here and now, I sometimes miss the “dreamer” part of me that was not afraid to imagine I COULD and WOULD get to every aspiration on my lists.
This month’s 28 things are a call back to my dreaming days. Most of the items on this bucket list are things I would LOVE to do, but few are things that I am pursuing in any purposeful way. (In other words, great if they happen, but I won’t be crushed if they don’t.) Some of these items I AM a little more committed to achieving, but I’ll leave it to you to guess which items are which.
I haven’t included every one of my personal bucket list items here (in fact, most of the truer, heartfelt ones I’ve chosen to keep to myself), but I had fun thinking through challenges and adventures I would enjoy checking off in the years I have left until Jesus decides to take me home.
TRAVEL & ADVENTURE
1| Travel to seven continents. (I just have Australia and Antarctica to go!)
2| Visit all 50 states.
3| Do some long-term travel/trailer living with the kids.
4| Ride in a hot air balloon.
5| Go hang gliding.
6| Sleep in a treehouse, an over-water bungalow, an underwater hotel, an igloo, or really any one of these.
7| Go on a world cruise.
8| Take the kids to Disney World and/or on a Disney cruise.
LEARNING & CREATIVITY
9| Memorize a full book of the Bible.
10| Learn how to do my own hair, nails, and makeup (well).
11| Become fluent in Spanish.
12| Study the art of flower arrangement.
13| Be able to accurately draw a world map and label every country, capitol, and large body of water.
14| Become proficient in playing piano.
15| Learn how to dance (ballroom, swing, ballet).
16| Learn how to knit and/or crochet.
PROJECTS & BIG AMBITIONS
17| Work in a library or bookstore.
18| Obtain my Masters or PhD (in ???)—just for fun!
19| Attend seminary (with the goal of becoming a spiritual director).
20| Become a certified Enneagram or Myers-Briggs coach.
21| Journal through a complete Bible for each of my kids.
22| Do some Bible teaching or other public speaking for a large group (women’s conference?).
23| Scan/digitize all of my photos, journals, scrapbooks, and memories.
24| Design/build our own home.
25| Write and publish a book.
26| Homeschool all three kids through 12th grade.
27| Fully unplug (no technology) for a month.
28| Write a family mission statement, and a personal rule of life.
Do you keep a running bucket list? What items are on it? Or, if you were to start a bucket list, what is the first thing you would add?