In case you haven’t seen it, Maggie at Northern Expenditure wrote a great post in January about how we shouldn’t create bucket lists. Instead we should create a fill-the-bucket list with all the great experiences we’ve already had. It’s a wonderful way to reflect on the opportunities you’ve taken advantage of so far in your life.
I’m a little late to the game, but here are my fill the bucket items:
- Adopting cats. I know this may be silly to most people, but when I was growing up my parents wouldn’t allow us to have a dog or cat. Believe me, my brother and I asked relentlessly but they didn’t budge. As an adult, I now see why. My first cat was a stray that my roommate found outside our apartment building. He was just a kitten and I fell in love. Since my roommate already had two cats, I claimed him. He was a wonderful cat, but unfortunately he passed away when he was only 6 years old. I currently have 2 cats who are both 10 years old and I adore them.
- Zip lining in Costa Rica. I went to Costa Rica in February 2005 with a friend and, as one of our excursions, we went zip lining in the rain forest. Terrifying at first, but amazing once you get the hang of it.
- Getting a tattoo. I’d always wanted a tattoo but couldn’t figure out what design I should get. Once I knew what I wanted, I didn’t hesitate. My mom had given me a necklace with a Celtic knot as the pendant and I get my Irish genes from my dad. So, for my 36th birthday I got inked! I would love to get another if I could figure out another design.
- Dying my hair. During my senior year of college, my roommate dyed my hair. I have blonde hair and was looking to go just a couple shades darker. It turned out to be a mess — my hair turned a weird shade of orange. Eventually it faded and grew out but it was a long few months in between. Made me realize I have zero desire to ever dye my hair again so I’ll be turning gray gracefully instead. Definitely made me appreciate what I already have.
- Completing my MBA. Sure, it could be argued that this was necessary for my career but I don’t see it that way. I have no desire to move up past the analyst level so an MBA isn’t really a requirement. Instead it was always a personal goal, since I value education. Fortunately, I had an employer who paid for most of it, making the goal much easier to complete.
- Attending lots of stand up comedy shows. I’m a huge stand up comedy fan and try to catch some of the larger acts when they’re in town. I’ve seen Louie Anderson, Janeane Garofalo, Nick Swardson, Jim Gaffigan, Lisa Lampanelli, and Hannibal Burress to name a few.
- Participating in the 2014 Twin Cities Donut Crawl. Who needs a bar crawl when you can do a donut crawl instead? It was a chilly November day and we went to three different bakeries to get our donuts. Delicious.
- Riding a Segway. In 2013, a friend of mine found a Groupon to ride Segways. She thought she’d have to convince me to do it, but I was all for it. Again, a chilly fall day but we had a blast. And we were the youngest in the group by at least 15 years!
- Attending book signings. I’ve met lots of authors, from Suze Orman to Nicholas Evans to Larry Flint. I love hearing the authors discuss their books and meeting them in person. The signing that took the longest? Garrison Keillor. He spent lots of time chatting with everyone in line. My conversation with him was in regards to the origin of my name. No idea why he asked since my name isn’t very unique.
- Various travels. Besides the trips I plan with my friends, I try to take advantage of any other opportunities. One friend went to San Diego for work so I tagged along. Another friend had a sister who was living in New Jersey so we stayed with her and went into Manhattan to do some sightseeing. Despite all the places I’ve been, there’s still so much of the world to see.
What does your fill-the-bucket list look like?