Have you thought about writing a bucket list? I hadn’t until I heard about the anti-bucket list (Google it, you’ll get heaps of hits), believed I could do much better, and thought I might as well carry on and write a proper bucket list as well. They don’t include popular experiences such as skydiving, trekking in the Himalayas, visiting Macchu Piccu or elephant rides in Thailand, which appear on both bucket and anti-bucket lists I read…
My bucket list ideas up until now existed only in my head. They evolved over many years, and recently similar to Glenda, i.e. whilst sitting in an office in a high-rise building dreaming of retiring. Interesting to capture them in lists and track how they develop.
- Subscribe to Pay TV. If all goes to plan I’ll be too busy to watch anything but a few favourites, and free-to-air seems to be sufficient for that.
- Undergo plastic surgery, botox. I’m accustomed to the face I see in the mirror, and the hints of those it resembles.
- Cut my hair short. After half a lifetime of shorter hairstyles I realised my fine hair is best tied back in a ponytail or knotty-bun.
- Holiday on a cruise ship… I get seasick, and loathe being a captive audience.
- Bus trips, for similar reasons.
- Even though Australia has amazing locations, go caving… I hate feeling closed in.
- Deep sea diving… ditto.
- Lawn bowls. My aunt devotes much time to the sport but I can’t see me joining her.
- Daytime TV soaps. My M.I.L. schedules her life around being home at 4 pm to watch her ‘show’.
Close to home Bucket List
- Provide a home to a couple of cats and dogs.
- Three chooks in the backyard.
- Vege garden big enough to feed the G.O., me and three chooks, most of the time.
- Make bread, pasta, preserves, yoghurt, butter, cheese, cleaning products, and any other household arts I can master the skills for.
- Create stuff with my hands, e.g. sew, crochet, knit, sculpt, restore, upcycle…
- Enter, and win prizes at Macksville Show.
- Have a market stall.
- Cruise the Nambucca River in a flat bottom tinnie, the G.O. at the helm with me mega sun-hatted lounging and pointing.
- Lose days, weeks, months immersing myself in family history research.
- Write something.
Further afield Bucket List
- Walk on as many Australian beaches as possible.
- Indulge in a mug of billy tea with vegemite toast while camping next to a billabong in Kakadu National Park.
- Visit the Australian dinosaur sites.
- Visit the Walls of China at Mungo National Park.
- Take trips around NSW and Queensland to family history places of interest like the Land of The Beardies History House Museum at Glen Innes where a picture of my mother’s great grandparents, Issac & Clara Danes hangs.
- Go to as many markets as possible. Top of my list is the weekly community markets on Thursday Island.
Much further afield, and much less likely but you never know Bucket List
- Follow M. Scott Peck’s journey from his book In Search of Stones a “21-day excursion through Britain–a journey to the country’s mysterious stone monoliths”.
- Visit Lyme Regis in the U.K., setting of the novel Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier (“the story of Mary Anning, who has a talent for finding fossils, and whose discovery of ancient marine reptiles such as that ichthyosaur shakes the scientific community and leads to new ways of thinking about the creation of the world”). Vic’s Pics post Fossil on the Jurassic features nearby Charmouth, Dorset.
- Visit Cornwall in Britain also, where I’ve been told I had a past life as a witch.
“The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. The most you can do is live inside that hope, running down its hallways, touching the walls on both sides.” 2008 Commencement Address by Barbara Kingsolver