The Infamous Bucket List

People always talk about “their bucket list” and then the movie “The Bucket List” featuring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman came out in 2007 in which two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die.  This is quite interesting as I went onto the Urban Dictionary to find out what the meaning of a Bucket List is and this is what a Bucket List is according to the Urban Dictionary:

“A list of things to do before you die. Comes from the term “kicked the bucket“.”  So this really got me thinking of what have I done thus far in my life and should I be lying on my death bed tomorrow, would I be satisfied that I have had a full life.  That I have stories to tell people of things I have done and crossed off a “to do list” before I die.  The conclusion I made was that, no, I have not done all the things that I would love to do and therefor decided to start my own bucket list.  I think that every person should have a bucket list no matter how simplistic they might think other people will think it is, but it means something to you.  It’s filled with things you would love to do one and it sets goals to reach.  You have a reason to save and to plan things in your life other than work and your normal every day type of things.

I am therefor now starting my own bucket list.  This list might be short for now, but I’m sure it will grow over a period of time.  I might even look at it in a couple of months’ time and change it, but that is the beauty of having your own bucket list, you can change it as you change, experience and grow.  Life is full of turns, failures and lessons and through all of that, you grow as a person and therefor your views and opinions on life change, just like your bucket list might change.  It might start off very conservative and then in a year or two’s time, will be radical, adventurous and out there.  Nothing stops you from doing the things you truly want to do, except yourself.  You might even have things on your bucket list which is a fear, but it’s a fear to overcome which can be exhilirating.

I live in Cape Town, South Africa and my bucket list will contain a lot of traveling as well as things to do in Cape Town and South Africa which I have not yet done.  So here is my bucket list as it stands on the 9th day of May 2013:

  1. To climb Table Mountain
  2. To paraglide
  3. To hanglide
  4. To take a 3 month sabatical and do a road trip in America on Route 66
  5. To go to Las Vegas and watch the show girls
  6. To learn how to surf
  7. To learn how to surf on a paddle board
  8. To get a tattoo – done ( I have 2 now)
  9. To do a Cycle Tour
  10. To backpack through Cambodia on a scooter
  11. To backpack through Philippines
  12. To go to Party in the Park in London
  13. To run a half marathon
  14. Go skiing and snowboarding
  15. To skydive
  16. Fly in a hot-air balloon
  17. To pack my bags and set off for a random location with no itinerary planned at all and no idea where I’m going.  Taking the first flight out of South Africa where no visa is needed or can be attained at the destination’s airport
  18. To go swimming with dolphins
  19. To live in a different country for at least 6 months
  20. Hiking through the Rift Valley
  21. To go to the Serengeti and experiencing the Big Migration
  22. To go to London, see Big Ben and Castles in England
  23. To watch the Tour de France and cycling some of the stages
  24. Traveling through Europe
  25. Attend New Year’s Celebration in Times Square
  26. To see the Vatican
  27. To fly first class
  28. To do a photography class
  29. To have my photos published

There is so many things to put on a bucket list and I have just started with mine.  Like I said, it’s bound to change over time and as I cross things off my bucket list.  Life is too short to have regrets, so live life to the fullest and love with abundance!


One thought on “The Infamous Bucket List

  1. Hi Natalie, jy’t my ge-inspireer om weer my eie bucket list “af te stof”:

    1. ‘n Landrover te besit (done) en met hom die desert elephants van Kaokoland te gaan soek in die droe rivierlope van Namibie (ek vertrek 21 Junie)

    2. Deur die suide van Frankryk te toer ( Carcasson etc) met ‘n klein huurmotertjie

    3. Deur die hele Italie (van Venisie in die Noorde tot Sardinie in die Suide) te toer met ‘n backpack en my kamera

    4. Om ‘n classic wooden seiljag (moderate grootte) self te bou – en te seil

    5. Om ‘n girlfriend en life companion te he

    6. Om ‘n kaggel te he (done)

    7. Om New York weer te besoek as die Freedom Tower klaar gebou is

    8. Om ‘n leeu te hoor brul in die nag in die Kalahari terwyl ek in my tent le en slaap

    9. Om die ruines van die Romeinse Ryk te gaan kyk in Sirie (die ou stad Palmyra), Jordanie, Libie etc en om fotos daarvan te neem in die sagte lig as die son sak

    10. Om met ‘n camper van dwars oor die Noordelike grens van die VSA en Kanada te toer

    11. Om te kamp langs een van Kanada se mere en ‘n vuurtjie te maak met driftwood

    12. Om met my Landrover saam met ‘n georganiseerde groep voertuie van Oos na Wes oor die Namib woestyn te ry (dit vat 5 dae)

    13. Om iets te skryf – ‘n kortverhaal, skets of dalk selfs ‘n boek

    14. Om ‘n huis te he in die Rondevlei/George/Knysna area.

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