Thursday, February 20, 2014

My Bucket List

Everybody dies. It's the one thing that we all have in common. As human beings, we also feel the call for something greater - a new place, experience, or state of mind. We all have these lingering aspirations just below our skin, quietly trying to manifest, these moments that humble and define us. Behind all of that, we are driven by the fear, the presentiment that we will never be the individuals that we aspire to be, never experience the romanticized greater somethings that we all believe we are truly destined for... that is, before that one thing that we all most certainly will experience - death.

And for this reason, we have bucket lists. For those of you who don't know by now, the "Bucket List" is a list of goals that you would ideally like to complete before you "kick the bucket".

Before now, I never particularly wanted to sit down and write a bucket list, as I thought that defining these little somethings that I want to complete someday would open up the windows of failure, and inevitably disappointment. However, I decided to write one anyway, because fear of failure should never stop me from dreaming, right? So let's lighten things up a bit, and get on with it. I introduce to you... my bucket list.

1. Climb to the top of a mountain.

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2. Buy a house.
3. Go kayaking.
4. Obtain a passport.

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5. Take a cross-country road trip.
6. Own a horse.

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7. Make a living off of my business.
8. Visit New Zealand & Ireland.

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9. Do something for the good of humanity.
10. Live in the wild for 30 days.
11. Pet a jungle cat.

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12. Hike the Appalachian Trail.
13. Learn to play guitar.
14. See a Sasquatch. 

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15. Learn to drive.
16. Get married. 

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17. Learn a new language.
18. Go surfing.
19. See the Aurora Borealis.

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20. Go parasailing.
21. Go to a renaissance fair in costume. 

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22. See Stonehenge.
23. Adopt a clean-eating lifestyle.
24. Buy an RV or mobile-home and take my business on the road. 

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25. Win a Liebster award.
26. Observe ocean life from a submersible.

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At this time, I believe my bucket list is still incomplete, so I plan on updating the list annually. What's on your bucket list? Let me know in the comments below!

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