Do you have a bucket list? In the movie *The Bucket List* with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, two men take a road trip with a wish list of what they want to do before they “kick the bucket.” Wish lists could include 100 places to visit before you die or 50 dives you must complete in your lifetime. What would you have on your list: places you want to see, people to meet or to reconnect with, sports played, musical instruments or languages learned, adventures pursued?
Off the top of my head, I have a few. The first, and I think I will do it this summer, is to hit the Adrena Line Zipline near 17 Mile House. Just writing about it gets the collywobbles bouncing around in my stomach. I haven’t found any courageous friends to try it with me yet, but I’m still trying.
Something else I want to do is the Camino de Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage across northern Spain and, while I’m in that part of the world, the Cinque Terra, a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera, is calling my name.
I know another book lies within me and it’s dying to get out. I may follow the path my friend Laurie has taken, and write an online book. She has completed her first on eulogies and has several more waiting in the wings.
One list includes the 10 Best Rollercoasters in the World. I’ve already ridden the largest wooden rollercoaster, so maybe I should be looking for the other nine.
If creating and living a bucket list interests you, there are countless websites to get you started. Therein lies the problem - getting started! I can hear the moans from here. I’m too old, I’m too short, I’m too heavy, I don’t have enough money. My cats and dog don’t like me to leave home. Piffle!
Start now. Write the lists of those dreams, those places, all that you always promised yourself you would do. Once they’re written, talk about them, tell friends, ask for their ideas on how to achieve your bucket list. The only suggestion you won’t hear is the one that says, “You can’t do that.” Let your imagination run; there are no limitations on what you put on your list. Have fun with it!
Share your bucket list and your dreams with me. I would like to devote the September column to talking about you and your ideas. Have a great summer planning and doing.
“Will you succeed? Yes, you will indeed (98% guaranteed).” -Dr. Suess
JULY 2009 SENIOR LIVING VANCOUVER ISLAND
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