The Bucket List – Version 2.1

So last week I begun a new series on updating my Bucket List. After writing a few weeks ago about my most popular posts, I realized that my Bucket List needed some major fine tuning. 

What is a Bucket List? Well…for 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.

So here is Part Two of my all-new Bucket List series…

  • Phil Collins liveSee Phil Collins in concert.

This one, at this stage anyway, is more of a “pipe dream” than something that’s actually tangible. Collins is not currently touring and may not ever tour again. Still…he’s long been one of my favourite artists and he’s one of my biggest guilty pleasures. What’s better is that my wife also enjoys the musical stylings of one Mr. Collins (she walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of “Groovy Kind Of Love”), so this would definitely be something that we both could enjoy.

I don’t know if he’ll ever tour again, but if he does I want to be there. He’s one of the greatest performers of the past 40 years with songs that don’t just catch my ear, but speak to me and make me want to listen to them again and again. Any concert I’ve seen him perform in (including a live DVD that we own) has been magical, with vocal and instrumental perfection that makes me want to see him live and in person even more.

  • Drive Across CanadaDrive across Canada.

This is a carry-over from a previous Bucket List and there’s good reason for that. One of the greatest joys that Sunshine and I have is our ability to have fun within the confines of our car. We have been on 10-hour drives to Maine from Nova Scotia and have driven the famous Cabot Trail together. We talk, we laugh, and we end up falling in love just a little bit more than before we left.

I have never been west of Toronto before and Sunshine has only experienced the Toronto airport. It would be an incredible bonding experience to sit inside of a vehicle and experience the wonders of this beautiful country of ours together. Because of the planning, time, and money required for a trip like this, this may not happen any time in the next decade. But I definitely want it to happen because I think we’d have an amazing time.

  • 365 Photo ChallengeTake a photo every day for a year.

This is the type of meme that bloggers try to tackle all the time and usually fail. For me, though, I want to try to see the world in a different way. I don’t want to just take selfies or pics of the family every day for a year. I don’t want to take food photos every day or try to follow some type of daily “challenge”, either. I want to go out of my way to see something new and different every single day, regardless of whether or not I’m going outside of my house. I want to try to open up my eyes and my mind and see things that I haven’t seen before.

It’s one of those things that is really a case of “easier said than done”. I remember trying to complete the 100 Days of Happiness (I did, by the way) and realizing just how tough it was sometimes to not only find something happy about my day, but to take a photo and tweet about it. So to actually take the time to photograph something every single day for an entire year will be a very difficult task. But at some point (maybe even in 2015 through this website?), it’s something I definitely want to do.

  • 5KRun a marathon.

Never in a million years did I ever think that this was something I would ever even consider doing, but after running a 5K back in June and then completing a 10K TWICE over the past couple of months, I’ve realized that not only do I want to do it, but it feels like an attainable, realistic goal. So before I can ever consider running a marathon, I need to work my way up to a half-marathon. It’s funny…Sunshine told me that it would be easier to go from 5K to 10K than it would be to go from the couch to 5K. She was right. She also said once that was done, it wouldn’t be that difficult to go from 10K to a half-marathon…so there isn’t any reason why she isn’t right this time, too.

So that’s now a goal for 2015. Crazy, but true. I’m going to do whatever I can to train for a half-marathon. Wow…to actually write that down and mean it is a weird feeling. But yeah…that’s my goal. If it doesn’t happen in 2015, it’ll happen in 2016. I’m definitely going to make this happen.


So this is the second part of my list. What would YOURS include?


One thought on “The Bucket List – Version 2.1

  1. Um…I’m completely floored.

    I had no idea that a marathon — or even a half marathon — was something that you were interested in doing.


    I’m completely confident, however, if that if you set your sights on this, and stay focused, you’ll definitely be able to do this.

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