A Full Bucket

I recently read a post by Michael Hyatt that referred to his list of “100 Things I Want to Do Before I Die.” That reminded me of my old camp friend Herb Olson (R.I.P.), who kept a similar list called his “BIC” (Before I Croak) List. And that, of course, made me think about the concept of the Bucket List, made famous by the 2007 movie of the same name. Again, the idea is that you make a list of things you want to do before you die/croak/kick the bucket.

I started thinking about what I would have on my own Bucket List. I googled “bucket list” and discovered bucketlist.org, where readers can share their own Bucket Lists and follow the progress of others. It was very interesting to read the aspirations of men and women of all ages from around the world, and they inspired some ideas for my own list.

But surprisingly, the most inspiring thing about reading these lists was to realize how many cool things I have already done or experienced in my life. As I read others’ Bucket Lists, I realized that I have done many  things that a lot of people dream of as a once-in-a-lifetime experience before they die — and in some cases, I’ve done these things more than once. So I started a new list, a “Full Bucket” list of the cool, unique, and amazing things I have seen, experienced, or accomplished in my fairly short life. I’m sure I forgot a few, but here’s what I came up with (in no particular order):

  • Learn to make great guacamole
  • Visit Disney World
  • Visit Disneyland
  • Learn to golf
  • Live in Colorado
  • Visit Chicago
  • Watch a Cubs game at Wrigley Field
  • Go to a Carolina-Duke game
  • Take a trip on Amtrak
  • See Mt. Rushmore
  • Visit Washington, DC
  • Visit San Francisco
  • Go whale-watching
  • Go on a cruise
  • Snorkel with stingrays
  • Read through the Bible
  • Canoe & camp in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area National Park
  • Attend the Final Four
  • See a Broadway show
  • Visit New York city
  • Ride a Jet Ski
  • Learn to water ski
  • Give birth
  • Earn a Ph.D.
  • Run a half marathon
  • Bike over 100 miles in two days
  • Own a beagle
  • See the Northern Lights
  • See the Atlantic and the Pacific
  • Climb the Statue of Liberty
  • Visit colonial Williamsburg, VA
  • Live in the Northwoods of Wisconsin
  • Do a handstand in Lake Superior
  • Ski in the Colorado Rockies
  • Get published in a well-known magazine
  • Take apart and reassemble a lawnmower engine
  • Go bow-hunting
  • Go trap shooting
  • Camp on a houseboat
  • Cook blueberry pancakes and bacon on a griddle over an open fire in the woods
  • Ride a horse at full gallop
  • Milk a cow
  • Play the slots in Las Vegas
  • Buy a car on eBay
  • Pass statistics
  • Learn to play guitar
  • Celebrate 15 years of marriage
  • Attend a rodeo
  • Eat a fish I caught and cleaned myself
  • Fly first class
  • Drive the Florida Keys in a convertible
  • Watch a TN Lady Vols basketball game in Knoxville (vs. UNC, of course)
  • Dig my own latrine
  • Stay at the Drake Hotel in Chicago
  • Visit Alcatraz
  • Participate in a Guinness World Record
  • Go cliff jumping
  • Hit a game-winning basket
  • Ride a zip line
  • Learn to juggle
  • Solve a Rubik’s Cube
  • Drive to the top of Mt. Evans
  • Ride the train to the top of Pike’s Peak
  • Make baked Alaska
  • Learn CPR
  • Learn to drive a stick shift
  • Swim in a hot springs
  • Visit Ellis Island
  • Attend the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium
  • Make homemade strawberry jam
  • Help build a Habitat for Humanity home
  • Go whitewater rafting
  • Go to the top of the Sears (now Willis) Tower in Chicago

Quite an eclectic list!! Interestingly, most of these things were not on any type of Bucket List for me before; it took reading others’ lists to make me realize how many blessings and opportunities I have received. I am exceedingly grateful for these blessings and for all those who have helped me with them along the way.

What is on your Bucket List and in your Full Bucket?

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