1. You can't make a mistake. It's your list. If you change your mind, delete an entry. It's not set in stone. I add to mine all the time. Initially I wanted to ride a camel IN the Sahara. After doing research, yeah, not so much. Riding a camel period is enough for me!
2. You don't have to complete them all. So you don't get to them all so what? Who really cares? I promise there are no Bucket List police! I have things I am unlikely to complete (volunteering for a month abroad? Unlikely while I'm married to Craig. And I'm stuck with him till I die. Or he does. Hmmmmm.)
3. It doesn't have to cost any money. In fact you could have a bucket list of all FREE things. Now that could be a challenge! You could have a bucket list of only things you want to volunteer your time with. So you stay at home with your kids. Go to a nursing home FOR FREE and hang out for a couple hours, play bingo. The kids will learn something (patience, understanding, sympathy) and the elders will love the new company. Just let the residents win at bingo. Those games get ugly!
4. Bucket Lists tell you about who you are. And where you want to be. It's an exploration of self. It's a motivation to stop letting life HAPPEN to you and deciding you are going to LIVE it. It's a positive reinforcement that something good is coming up and the next turn you take will be that much more to achieve. I don't mean to get all uplifting and crap but I personally am sad when I hear someone doesn't have or want a Bucket List. I mean if you don't know where you are going then how do you know you got there? Or even more so how can you look forward to the journey?
One thing I learned about my trip with Craig was that surprise visits that HAPPEN to you take all the joy and anticipation out of it. His ONLY complaint about the whole thing is that he didn't have the weeks to look forward to the trip. Talking it out with friends and family. HEetold me the next time I wanted to do something I could just do it but LET HIM KNOW.
And that is my bucket list in a nut shell. It's a way of telling myself. HERE. This is your journey. I have no idea how you are getting there. I have no idea WHEN you are getting there. But check out the books. Read about them. Research them because ONE DAY. One Day you will be the one standing there taking the picture and helping someone else get there too!
Set foot on each of the seven continents.
Climb the cliffs to Masada
Trek to see Anasazi Cliff Dwellings
Participate in Carnival in Venice or Brazil
Walk the Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver, BC
Run to the top of the Statue of Liberty
SCUBA in the Great Barrier Reef ( I have a horrible fear of sharks.....this will probably never happen)
Throw tomatoes at Tomatina (thanks Cindy for reminding me...I wanted this on my list too!)
Raft in the Grand Canyon
Rappel in the dark at Natural Bridge Caverns
Take an around the world trip (maybe?)
WATCH the running of the bulls in Pamplona
Go on a red dress run
Travel somewhere foreign alone.
Drive across America coast to coast
Heli-Hike in British Columbia
Hike in the Catskills
White Water raft in West Virginia
White Water raft in the Grand Canyon
Kayak in the San Juan Islands
Jeep (or ATV) through Moab
See Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills
Dance on the bar at Coyote Ugly
I have lots more parts but this is enough for now!