The new - updated - Bucket List - 10 years in the making

Way back in 2009, I wrote out my bucket list. There were 58 must-do's and 15 maybes.
Here is the original list - with finished items crossed out.
1. Finish the Tour du Mont Blanc
2. Visit the Green and Black sand beaches of Hawaii
3. Swim with Dolphins
4. Swim in a hot spring heated by volcanoes
5. Ride in a hot air balloon
6. Have so many berries that I have to give them away
7. See the Glaciers in Alaska
8. Leave a legacy of joy and contentment
9. Notarize my will
10. Never stop saying I love you (it's easy to forget)
11. See the pyramids and see the Nile
12. Forgive my mom
13. Pick an olive and eat it
14. Hug a super old tree at Yosemite and/or Redwood national park (then my husband can legitimately call me a tree hugger)
15. Explore the mammoth caves
16. Stop swearing and yelling
17. Marvel at the Grand Canyon (again)
18. Grow a peach tree
19. Teach an aerobics class
20. Ride on a gondola in Italy (sort of - we went to Italy and the gondola ride was a lame overpriced tourist trap so I am over it and it's off the list)
21. Rollerblade another marathon
22. Run (or walk) in a 5K
23. Ride a jet ski (by myself)
24. Canoe with my family in the boundary waters
25. See the Northern Lights
26. Ripcord through a jungle
27. Find out what really happened with my mom
28. SUP in the ocean (surf using paddles)
29. Snow shoe!
30. Do a real pushup
31. Learn more about history to have an appreciation for people that have gone before and the blessings of this age
32. Teach my children about God and how to be responsible, humble and caring people
33. Read some of the classics (war & peace, catcher in the rye, tale of two cities, etc)
34. Always have a garden
35. Be willing to go to the moon if moon traveling becomes available...and not be scared about it
36. Never become desensitized to human plight and pain and try my hardest to keep my children from becoming sensitized, lazy, selfish, rude, disrespectful, or having an attitude of entitlement
37.Ride a horse in the ocean
38. Learn to hula hoop
39. Eat Sushi
40. Eat Seaweed
41. Learn to bake bread...well
42. Go on a cruise
43. Meet a true clairvoyant
44. Ride on the autobahn (my husband can drive) and keep my eyes open!
45. Take my family to see the Mayan Ruins
46. Hike up another volcano
47. Go to Italy, and eat in rustic, old-home restaurants
48. Taste really expensive chocolate
49. Learn to rip stick (Tried religiously for a whole summer and could not get it right - removing it because I can't do it, but if I get the chance again I will certainly try.)
50. Watch kangaroos box
51. Snuggle up every cat I meet (and meet them often)
52. Learn to cook with fresh herbs and spices
53. Learn to cook and eat well
54. Learn to Irish Step Dance
55. Play bagpipes (there was an attempt and I own a chanter, but the results.... I am replacing this item with - find some really great bagpipe mixes to add to your playlist and listen to bagpipes more often, done and done!)
56. Learn to play the cello
57. Sail in a sailboat
58. Do a real pull-up (no assist)


The Maybe's
1. Skydiving
2. Reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro
3. Learn another language
4. Take some courses on the antiquities (So much good stuff available online!)
5. Learn to surf
6. Hang glide
7. Learn gymnastics (partially attempted)
8. Take martial arts classes
9. Scuba dive the great barrier reef
10. Take a pottery class
11. Try skijoring (ala canine) (I went dogsledding... so kind of close.)
12. Follow the Lois and Clark Trail
13. Raise chickens (for eggs)
14. Join a Crew team (rowing)
15. Learn to dance hip/hop

It amazes me that I finished so many of the things on this list, and that I still like the list! I hadn't thought about it in years. A decade, really!

In the spirit of planning ahead - here is my new, updated bucket list:


1. Successfully launch my kids into adulthood
2. Have so many berries and fruit that I have to give them away
3. Leave a legacy of joy and contentment for my family
4. Never stop saying I love you (it's easy to forget)
5. See the pyramids and see the Nile
6. Forgive my husband
7. Forgive myself
8. Pick an olive and eat it
9. Hug a super old tree at Yosemite and/or Redwood national park
10. Eat a Pawpaw
11. Learn to do trapeze - particularly the silks
12. Marvel at the Grand Canyon (again)
13. Grow chestnuts, plums, cherries, apples, pears, hackberries, walnuts, and every cold hardy berry - plus a large garden of tomatoes and other yummies
14. Teach an aerobics class
15. Be a better friend
16. Rollerblade another marathon
17. Patent one of my inventions
18. Ride a jet ski (by myself)
19. Canoe with my family in the boundary waters
20. See the Northern Lights
21. Eat nanking cherries, japanese milk pudding, and real japanese ramen!
22. Find out what really happened with my mom
23. Break the pattern of absentee grandparents, angry parents, and weak family bonds
24. Continue to be a presence in my children's lives and a good influence on them as they grow older
25. Do 10 pull ups again
26. Find a true friend
27. Increase my circle of interesting friends
28. Raise honey bees
29. Get hypnotized and find out what my subconscious has to say
30. Learn to control my lucid dreams
31. Be healthy and mobile my entire life!
32.Teach my children the Truth and how to be responsible, humble and caring people
33. Feel confident enough to speak in front of a crowd again
34. Feel comfortable at parties or with groups of people
35. Be willing to go to the moon if moon traveling becomes available...and not be scared about it
36. Never become desensitized to human plight and pain and try my hardest to keep my children from becoming sensitized, lazy, selfish, rude, disrespectful, or having an attitude of entitlement
37. Be financially independent
38. Live sustainably such that we are not dependent on the grid or food system
39. Contribute to curing/preventing Alzheimers, parkinsons, and/or cancer
40. Eat Seaweed
41. Learn to bake bread...well (16 years and counting on this attempt!)
42. Surf in the ocean
43. Meet a true clairvoyant
44. Finally trust another person - and not get shafted as a result
45. Improve rare edible plants such that they might become marketable
46. Hike up another volcano
47. Taste really expensive chocolate
48. Crash a wedding just for the cake (I'll leave a present!)
49. Raise chickens
50. Watch kangaroos box
51. Provide a place for cats to live free and be safe
52.Write a book about my adventures/lessons I've learned
53. Learn to cook and eat well
54. Learn to Irish Step Dance
55. Finish the Tour du Mont Blanc
56. Do something that improves beekeeping
57. Really love myself enough that it is actually enough
58. Sew a fur blanket
59. Be a really great grandma
60. Never stop learning
61. Wear cashmere pajamas

I'll check back in another decade - hopefully I can check a few of these babies off and will have more to add.


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