I personally find bucket lists motivating and inspiring - they keep your eye on the prize and give you a reason to keep working and dreaming. After seeing this one on one of my favourite blogs, I decided it was time to create my own.
1. Visit all 7 continents.
Travel is one of life’s greatest pleasures. I am very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to visit many different places around the world with my friends and family, but there is still so much left to see. I can cross off Europe, North America, and South America (though there are still plenty of places to visit in all of those, too). Remaining are Africa, Antarctica, Australia and Asia.
2. Find “the one”.
I know a lot of people don’t believe in there being a person for everyone - someone who’ll stick with you until the end, love you for your good qualities and your bad, and who you’ll always be passionate about - but I am confident that a combination of effort and luck can bring two such people together. I’m still young, but that is how I feel about my boyfriend now. I’d feel ridiculous saying that I’m sure that this is ‘it’, but it has at the very least reassured me that an ‘it’ exists. Growing up around a not-so-blissful marriage made it hard to believe in, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong in keeping the faith and a lookout for that person.
3. Learn to speak another language fluently.
The closest I’ve ever gotten was with French, which I took from grades 1 through 9. I can still hold basic conversations, but I have lost most of my grasp on the grammar and certainly couldn’t write it anymore. I’m not sure that French is the language I want to focus on, but I think that learning a second language would be deeply fulfilling and interesting, regardless of how useful it is (…Swedish is a pipe dream).
4. Make a huge difference in someone less fortunate’s life.
Volunteering has been a vital part of my life since grade 7. I spend a week each summer at a camp for low-income earning single mothers and their children, and volunteer tutor a girl who’s mother is not able to give her the help with her education she needs because she works full-time and is the sole provider for her three children. All of my pets are rescues. I am not listing these things as examples of how good of a person I am - most of my friends devote a lot of their time to volunteering at schools and hospitals. Rather, these are to remind myself of how good it feels, and how rewarding it is to help others. Everyone says this, but the people I have met through these positions have made more of a difference in my life than I theirs. I want to, within my lifetime, do something really, really, big for someone in need without receiving anything in return, and I want to do it by myself, without encouragement from a supervisor, friend, or parent. I cannot imagine anything more rewarding.
5. Run a marathon.
Running and yoga are truly the only forms of exercise I genuinely enjoy. Recently, I have fallen out of the habit of running on a daily or even weakly basis, primarily because of the weather but also in part because I have lost my ability to self-motivate. I hope to get back on track and someday, preferably within the next 10 years, run a marathon. I bet the sense of accomplishment would be incredible!
6. Go on safari.
Beautiful weather, incredible wildlife, stunning scenery and adventure? Sign me up!
7. Explore a rainforest.
I have wanted to visit a tropical rain forest for as long as I can remember. Why? I’m not entirely sure. Of course, they’re stunning and humbling, but there are plenty of places in the world to visit that would no doubt have a similar effect. Rain forests just seem especially magical.
8. Go to a huge, outdoor music festival.
I’m kind of cheating for this one, because I know I’m going to be able to cross this off in just over a month. But this is something I have genuinely wanted to do for a long time! In May I will be attending Soundset in Shakopee, MN with one of my best friends. This is my first time travelling without an adult (although I have flown alone and been on vacation without my own family) and I’m a bit nervous, but also incredibly excited! I expect it to be nothing less than amazing - and the lineup is incredible.
9. Go on a road trip.
Preferably with a boyfriend or some of my best friends. I want to either see more of my home country or explore a part of the states. The idea of fleeing the city and living out of a big car for a few weeks is nothing short of thrilling, though my obsessively clean side worries about how hygienic it is!
10. Learn how to cook something incredible.
I’ve never been especially motivated when it comes to cooking. My mother has been offering to teach me the ins and outs of the kitchen since I was little, and I never expressed any interest. I enjoy baking, but it’s fattening and not very practical. I imagine there is a great sense of pride that comes with making something delicious, and before I settle down I’d like to learn how to make a really phenomenal dish for a special occasion.
11. Create something beautiful.
Art is very important to me, and visiting galleries is a must on all of my vacations. I’ve been taking art since preschool, but I’ve never made anything I’m truly proud of, probably as a result of how easy schools seem to make it to put in minimal effort and get good grades in art classes. I would like to paint, sculpt, or even write something really great.
12. Read the classics. All of them.
I always preach about how sad it is that schools no longer make novels such as To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures Huckleberry Finn mandatory reading, but I haven’t even gotten through all of the classics myself! The Bell Jar, the two aforementioned books, In Cold Blood and a ton of others are on the list.