My Bucket List (part one)

bucket-list-posterFor those unaware, a bucket list is basically a wish list of things that you want to do before you “kick the bucket“.  It was an idea brought to the forefront by a movie that came out in 2007 starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman called…you guessed it…The Bucket List.

I remember watching the movie last year and thought it was incredible.  At the time I thought about making a list of my own, but then didn’t know what to put on it.  I mean, it’s easy to get inspiration from a movie but once it’s turned off you can sometimes find yourself staring at the wall looking for inspiration.

I don’t really know why, but over the weekend I decided to take a look around the glorious interweb that we find ourselves on so often in order to see if there’s anything out there that I would consider placing on my own bucket list.  Needless to say, I found a few things.  These would make-up the first half of my list (in no particular order)…

  • The pyramids of Giza
    The pyramids of Giza

    See the great pyramids of Egypt. It never ceases to amaze me just how incredibe the minds were that went into creating the pyramids.  Giza…Chefren…Cheops…the Sphinx…it’s all just unbelievable how these were even constructed.  I would absolutely LOVE to see these in person.

  • lettermanSee a taping of Late Show with David Letterman. I’ve loved Letterman since I first saw him back in the late 80’s.  I loved staying up late and doing the 1-2 punch of Carson on the Tonight Show and then Letterman just afterwards.  When he switched to CBS, I watched him practically every night.  As the years have gone by, he remains my favorite late night talk show host.  I’ve always wondered just how much fun it would be to sit in the audience of a Letterman taping.  I know there isn’t much time left, though…he’s probably due to retire any year now.
  • Swim in all three oceans – Atlantic, Pacific and Indian. The good news?  I’m already a third of the way to my goal.  The bad news?  I’m only a third of my way to my goal.
  • The Northern Lights
    The Northern Lights

    See the Northern Lights. I’m finding myself more and more fascinated by photography as a hobby as I grow a bit older.  In fact, I’m beginning to ponder whether my next “big” purchase will be a new computer or a new, much nicer camera.  I can’t tell you how much I would love to take an expensive camera up north and just click away all night long at the sky.

  • Taj Mahal
    Taj Mahal

    See the Taj Mahal. I’ve never even thought about travelling to India, but I love architecture and this is truly one of the most magnificent structures ever created.  It would be surreal to travel all the way to India just to see a building, but that’s what a Bucket List is all about…isn’t it?

  • Go on an African safari. I’ll admit, I absolutely HATE bugs.  DETEST them.  I’ve seen shows where people are on African safaris and the bugs are eating them alive…so I don’t know if I could really handle it.  However, a couple of years ago I travelled to Florida with the ex-wife and went on a “fake” safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  I handled that okay, so why not the real deal?  All joking aside, this would be a dream come true.
  • china-great-wall-of-china
    The Great Wall

    Walk on the Great Wall of China. Are you kidding me?  This is one of the most amazing structures on the face of the planet.  It’s so easy to marvel at the size and scale of this structure, not to mention the history behind it…I can only fathom how incredible it would be to actually set foot on it and walk along it’s incredible path.

  • Drive the Autobahn. I don’t know about you, but I love to drive.  In fact, just yesterday I just drove casually around the city with the music turned up and not a care in the world…for no other reason than to enjoy a nice, spring day.  It would be simply awesome to hop on this roadway and truly feel free…if only for a day.
  • Spend three months to seriously get your body in optimum shape. Now this isn’t another “diet claim” or anything.  This is truly a situation where I would go balls-out for three months…eating like I was training for the Olympic swimming team, running/biking/working out like a demon.  Why?  Just to do it.  I mean, I’ve been on diets and I’ve done some unusual things to lose weight…but I’ve always wondered if I truly had the self-discipline to do something like get into “optimum” shape.  Hmmm…
  • Great Barrier Reef
    Great Barrier Reef

    Scuba-dive in the Great Barrier Reef. I’ve never gone scuba diving before, but I always marvel at the beauty whenever I see a picture of the Great Barrier Reef.  The calmness of being underwater…the sunlight shimmering off the sea…the majesty of life itself.  I’m sure learning to scuba-dive in Jamaica or the Bahamas would be just as amazing an experience, but to do it off of Australia’s coast would really be something special.


18 thoughts on “My Bucket List (part one)

  1. I’ve done a couple off your list, I need one more ocean, but I suspect, like the others, it will be wet and cold.

    The Autobahn is rubbish. Dangerous rubbish in fact. My old boss used to take his shiny new cars over to visit a sister company that just happened to always be via Germany. I got a go in his BMW 540, rubbish. A million miles an hour in a straight line, effectively on a poorly maintained dual-carriageway.

    Replace that one with a track day in a very powerful single-seater car.

    1. The Autobahn’s that bad?

      Huh. Well…I’ll trust the word of someone who has actually driven on it. It’s funny, too, because I had considered either driving along Route 66 or driving a NASCAR vehicle around a track a few times but decided on the Autobahn instead.

      Consider that one already off my list. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Well, I’m with you on many of these! Though I did scuba the Great Barrier Reef… I’d do it again!! 🙂

    What a fun idea. My #1 bucket list item these days is just to get to bed at a decent time…


  3. OK, I’m with you on most of these…agree with SPD on the Autobahn. I’d love to be able to dedicate three months to getting the best shape of my life. What a great item on the list! I also agree with you about the bugs on an African safari. Still, a great list to get working on.

  4. What a great list! I’d have to agree with many of them. There’s SO much to be experienced and enjoyed that my “bucket list” could be endless. It’s nice to have a list and keep it in mind. I know I absolutley HAVE to tour Italy before I go.

  5. What a great idea!
    The Taj Mahal would definitely be on my list, that’s for sure.

    One thing that’s always been on my list is to swim with dolphins, and it’s pretty doable, I just have to get my butt down to Mexico and find one of those beaches where the dolphins just like to mingle with people…

  6. Great list! Which to comment on. I’ve read about hot springs where you can watch the northern lights. You basically get a glass roofed and walled hotel room built over a hot spring, and you sit naked with your lover and watch the light show. Sounds awesome to me!

    Pyramids, Great Wall, Taj Majal all sound fabulous.

    One place I’ll recommend that’s not on your list: Machu Piccu in Peru. Amazing.

  7. Gosh i wanna have a bucket of my own too!
    In fact, whatever u wanna have in your bucket is pretty much like what i wanted too, except the swimming part, not a strong swimmer myself..
    Thanks~! To whoever you are.. 🙂

  8. Just back from a trip to Norway during which I ticked off 8 items from my bucket list, dog sledding, snow mobiles, crossing arctic circle etc.
    We saw the Nothern Lights on 4 successive nights.
    Initially very faint, but on the last night they were awesome and filled the sky.
    I’ve stuck a link to a YouTube slideshow of the pics I took, stick with it, that last 5 are the best

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