…oops. Sorry ’bout that. Wrong intro.
Anyway, yesterday I was discussing the first half of my bucket list. I figured I might as well complete things…
Spend one night in the Ice Hotel. There are a couple of ice hotels in the world, but the most famous is the one in Sweden. I may be Canadian, but it’s not like I normally live in an igloo under ten feet of snow 300 days of the year. Staying the night here would absolutely be one of those “once in a lifetime” events.
Walk Sydney Harbor Bridge. I can’t tell you just how afraid of heights I am. I get such vertigo, it’s brutal. I look up at tall buildings and want to fall over. I have trouble putting Christmas lights on my house. Hell…I have a hard time changing a light bulb. But I’ve been trying my best to overcome my fear of heights by tackling heights head-on. Just last November I went to the top of the CN Tower. It scared the ever-loving sh*t right out of me (who in the blue hell thought it was a good idea to put GLASS FLOORS in the elevator???), but I think it was a good thing to do. This bridge? This would definitely be a great way for me to overcome my fears.
- Bungee jump. This is basically an extension of the previous wish. It would scare me to tears, but I feel it’s something I need to do.
- Sing in a cover band in front of a live audience. I’ve long dreamed of being a singer. I’m absolutely FAR from American Idol potential, but I can carry a tune. I’ve done more karaoke that I probably should have ever considered. But the problem is that the vast majority of karaoke machines…even in bars and pubs…are crap. They normally sound terrible…just plugged into an amp and then off you go to the races. I’d absolutely love to be able to get in front of a rock band, pick up an acoustic guitar, and just sing my way through songs that I’d love to sing with a full-on sound system backing me up. Time Capsule, Fire Escape, Someone Who’s Cool, No One Is To Blame, All Uncovered…songs that mean something to me that I know are within my voice range. It would be scary, but it would also be thrilling. Even without the guitar…to lead a band, even if for just one night, would be a dream come true.
- Swim with dolphins. There is just something beautiful and free about the idea of getting into the ocean and swimming with dolphins. It’s something one would never, ever forget.
- Attend at least one major sporting event. I’ve seen a NASCAR race in person. I’ve seen a major league baseball game in person. That’s about it at this point. But I don’t want to just see another major league sporting event…I want to see one of THE major sporting events: SuperBowl, Daytona 500, the Olympics, World Series, Stanley Cup, hell…even WrestleMania would count (heh).
Walk the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Again, this is to overcome my fear of heights. But I’m also thinking, why just go visit the Grand Canyon? No doubt that in and of itself would be simply incredible and worthy of inclusion on this list. I mean, it’s one of the original seven wonders. But in 2007 the Skywalk was opened to the public and I can only imagine just how incredible it would be to walk around it…even if it meant walking very quickly.
- Drive across Canada. I love this great country of mine. I love to drive. Combine the two together and you have a dream of mine since I first got my license. From coast to coast…from Halifax to Vancouver. That would bring me tremendous joy and would be a journey into myself, as well.
- Go to the top of the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. I’ve always wanted to go to New York City and revel in the tourist attractions. These two, in particular, have very big appeal to me. I can’t give a specific reason why…they just do.