To ask what's on your bucket list?(35 Posts)
I'm single and in my late forties. 3 teenagers starting to fly the nest but it'll be a few years yet. Staring to think I need to get a Plan or I'll be miserable when they go. So far I've got:
- see the Northern Lights
- bathe in a natural hot spring
- walk from Joan O'Groats to Land's End (not really sure about that one - might do Coast-to-Coast first!)
- volunteer abroad for six months/a year
I also have lots of vague thoughts about accomplishments in my work life which I can't quite formulate into a goal.
I was lucky enough to check off photographing the Northern Lights last year. Didn't even have to go to Iceland! Saw them from the banks of Loch Leven in Fife. Spectacular.
Some of the other things still waiting to be checked off include:
Visit Pripyat and the Chernobyl exclusion zone
Learn to play the piano
Visit all the Scottish islands
Own a Newfoundland (unfortunately I'll have to divorce DH before this one can happen!)
Dance tango in buenos aires (learnt tango just need to get there)
Dance with my best friend under the eiffle tower
to trun up at school pick up and tell the kids were going on a short hoilday.. to great yarmouth where we'd stay in a bnb, eat chips on the pier, go to the sea life centre. play on the bitch and waste 2ps in the arcade. (iv put it on my bucket list because at th emo it just wont happen due to money and i really want to do it)
bucket list for when the kids are older.
travel across america
and bath in a tub of multi coloured jelly.
I want to
see Machu Picchu
See the northern lights
To have my photographs published in a fashion magazine.
To live in Paris for a year
To travel the world with my dh when we are older.
Luckily the pony wasnt shod as according to the A&E dr it would have removed half my face if it had been. Just a hoof shaped bruise a bit of swelling and a big split on the inside of my cheek. The horse gets bigger every time I recount the event.... it will be a shire horse by the end of the week.
I've managed a few of mine so far which included seeing my 4yo DD perform on stage (soooooo cute!), learn to play the bass guitar and live in 100+ yr old house/money pit.
I must be a bit unambitious as I have no desire to travel abroad (as long as Scotland and Wales dont count). I havent seen enough of my own wonderful country and have desire to pollute the world by flying my own fat arse around it.
speak fluent Welsh (I have no connection to Wales)
visit Ystad. home of Wallander
run 5k. working on that one.
Swim at least 2 lengths in stylish front crawl (am current head out if water breast stroke swimmer)
live in Spain
learn to bake lovely pudding and desserts
As my name on here suggests I am pondering my midlife and although I've never compiled a list if I think about it I could put on:
Learn to swim - check (aged39)
Learn to sail - check(aged 40)
run a 5k race - check
play football for a team - check(aged45-now)
go paintballing- check
Ride a motorbike/quad- check
Travel- Visit Scotland, European tour of historical/natural sights, Visit Iceland, Alaska
Learn to play an instrument
Learn to sing
rather than strangled cat impression
Perform either music or acting in public
Sail on a tall ship
Drive a rally car
As you can see I'm about half way there..travelling is unlikely I'm too poor!
Bloob - its things you want to do/experience before you kick the bucket.
Doesn't it mean 'things you want to do before you kick the bucket'? Perhaps it doesn't mean that, I am worried now .
I don't know what it means ragwort?! I assumed storage for the bits of paper you'd written the wishes on!
<it took me years to realise what the 'bucket' in a 'bucket list' actually meant >
I'd like to see the midnight sun.
Learn to ice skate.
Not sure there is going to much money left for my kids when I'm through!
Few of mine have been mentioned, but stuff I will also get round to:-
Visit Laos and Burma
Own a dog
Ice skate backwards
Cycle the 94.7 (big long bike race in Johannesburg)
Learn to play the saxophone
Own some modern art
Make photo albums for every year
Learn to bake lovely cakes
Learn to take brilliant photos
I have a list on Evernote and add to it when I feel inspired.
see the okavango delta, go skydiving, swim with sharks see the northern lights, new Orleans mardi gras, drive a big old car around Havana and have a hot air baloon ride .
Everything I want to do I cant because there is a civil war, or they don't like westerners much or its prone to terrorism and kidnapping >sigh<
I binned the idea of Machu Picchu on the grounds I was far to old and unfit to go mountain climbing - only to find it's coach tours all the way now - I don't think I'll bother. Rio least said really - you cant go out of bounds like most of South America its utterly lawless once you stray into ghettos. Chile is great, I do like Chile and they like the English which is always a bonus.
Luxor and the Pyramids well I can do without all that shooting and kidnapping Jordan that would be OK and the Holy lands bombs flying about Jerusalem much the same Ethiopia and the origins of the Coptic Church Don't think I could deal with the poverty TBH. harsh but true.
Easter island - not a lot there, you just do a day trip and say 'I've seen some statues' - Pitcairn dare I say it - just google the news links, bit in bred and they don't like outsiders, not even day trippers. Galapagos - but that a day tripper thing now too
Done the whole Antarctic thing years ago, my father was posted down there for many seasons (1946-1952) and my mother did a season after they were married on South Georgia. The place is heaving with rich American tourists now.
That leaves me wandering round Italy and Greece for ancient civilisations. Whats left of the Byzantine Empire - full of unrest and uprisings. Hong Kong maybe on a tick list but I get the feeling its the sort of place you get to and want to leave immediately..
Not a lot left really that's off the beaten track.
There was a very recent thread in Chat about this, here. Might give you some ideas.
Iceland is amazing! That is a must for the Northern Lights and hot springs.
Visit every state in the USA, preferably driving it (I can tick off 6 so far!)
Visit Antarctica. Actually I'd rather live and work there for a few weeks/months, not keen on the trooping off the cruise ship for an hour to photograph penguins thing. But by the time the children are old enough I'll be ancient. Would also miss them and DH.
Go on holiday with the children to Greece.
Y, always loved the idea of a ranch holiday.
I'd also love to have my own horse, but its been a long time since I have ridden confidently enough for that.
The ranch holiday sounds good too.
Be at the front at a Bon Jovi concert (sad I know but I luffs them ) - can tick this one off as did this last weekend
Go on a proper ranch holiday in America; living under the stars, driving cattle etc. My cousin and I are saving for this.
Write a novel and have it published. Working on this!
Have my own horses again.
Run my own business, preferably a little coffee shop or a nice little B&B.
Learn to sew well enough to make myself proper dresses etc. Can currently do passable alterations and make bags!
One day not have to work 3 jobs over 7 days to make ends meet and actually spend some time with my son
Publish a novel.
Bum around Europe in our campervan.
Have two dogs.
Move back to my hometown.
Take my husband to Africa.
See the northern lights.
Win the lottery.
Oh and similar to deckswabber visiting Damascus was pretty high up on the list
Ooh city I hope it wasn't shod? Kicking in face is never nice
I did Snowdon the other week, and also have Ben Nevis / Sca Fell on my list
I want to event one of my horses amongst other things, like trying out loads of obscure horse sports.
And write a book. I have many half stories in my head. It'd be rubbish, and I wouldn't expect anyone to read it, but I'd like to write it.
A fair few to be honest but one which I have thought about recently is spending a month living on one of those canal boats in Amsterdam.
I had 'visit Istanbul' on my list until a couple of weeks ago.
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