|Fill it, don't kick it|
For the longest time I avoided starting a bucket list. Sure, there are plenty of places I want to see and things I want to do, but bucket, as in "kicked the bucket" bugged me. I want to focus on life, not death. Eventually I came to see a bucket list as about making sure we wring every bit of fun, adventure, and learning from the time allotted to us.
I'm composing my list slowly. Some things I've talked about doing for years, like zip-lining. My 2012 trip to France reopened a long-shut door, and I can't wait to go back, so you know another visit to France is on the list.
In a bid to live a long time, I'm making sure I've got things that will take months if not years to accomplish, like learning Spanish. Clever, huh? I can see myself at the pearly gates explaining to St. Peter it is necessary I return to earth to master the subjunctive tense. Think he'll buy it?
My goal is list of 100 or more items. Here are my first twenty--a drop in the bucket.
1. Learn better-than-basic Spanish. (This one's going to take a while, so I'd better get started.)
2. Go zip-lining.
3. Walk at least part of the Camino de Santiago, the pilgrimage trail also known as The Way of St. James. It leads to Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain. Was I influenced by watching The Way, a movie made by Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez? Si.
4. Visit The Cloisters in northern Manhattan, a museum devoted to art and architecture from the Middle Ages, including the Unicorn tapestries.
5. Acquire decent knife skills. I don't want to toss 'em in the air; I want to dice, mince, and julienne quickly and neatly.
6. Rent an apartment in Barcelona for a week. (Those Spanish skills, once acquired, are going to come in handy.)
7. Visit Yellowstone National Park
8. 5. Go kayaking
9. Revisit Flathead Lake, Montana A visit to Flathead Lake means I'm close enough for another visit to my much-loved Glacier National Park. (For a three-fer, I could kayak at Flathead Lake.)
10. Find a recipe for sangria that's not too sweet and has a kick. Lots of fruit, please.
11. Learn to make a souffle, then branch out to chocolate soufflés and cheese soufflés.
12. Visit Santa Fe
13. Visit Washington State's San Juan Islands (I could kayak there, too.)
14. Learn to make sticky toffee pudding
15. Go to France
16. Go back to France
17. Visit France again.
18. Learn to rewire a lamp
19. Visit Tulum (Spanish skills needed!)
20. Go to Alaska. See Denali, glaciers, moose, and the northern lights
That's it for are my first twenty. What about yours? Please share three things that are on your bucket list. Or tell why you hate bucket lists.