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Challenge, What is On Your Bucket List?

An organisation I belong to has a monthly newsletter and each month one of us is given a topic to write about. My topic, for the coming newsletter, was My Bucket List. Now, I don't have a true bucket list any more, but have had one in the past. The following words make up the article I submitted.

My Bucket List

My bucket used to be bigger than it is now, when funds and ideas were far more forthcoming. That’s okay, a smaller bucket is fine. I have emptied my bucket of some possibilities, through achieving them and being able to cross them off, or because they no longer seemed as important as they once did.

Things I’ve achieved from my bucket list already include, in no particular order, a Pacific cruise, doing a triathlon, visiting Tasmania, publishing a book, walking part of the Queen Charlotte Track and swimming at the Masters World Swimming Champs. I’ve also crossed off having an elephant ride, having done so in Phuket in 2011. Another bucket list dream come true was meeting New Zealand authors Joy Cowley, Fiona Kidman and Tessa Duder.

I once wanted to swim with the dolphins, that being the item at the top of my list. I’ve been on a dolphin trip and come up close, but never had the opportunity to swim with them. Now, I think experiencing the dolphins from the boat was rewarding and I no longer dream of swimming with them. Maybe that’s age catching up with me.

My smaller bucket reflects reduced funds going in and smaller dreams. The next thing to be attended to is the Australian Ghan railway trip from Darwin to Adelaide. This crosses off a couple of things, visiting Alice Springs and Adelaide and hopefully coming face to face with a camel.

My bucket list keeps changing, with items added or deleted. But reality now dictates. The items are smaller and closer to home. Whether I achieve them all or not doesn’t matter. What does matter is that I still dream and let those dreams take me where they will.

Val Mills

February 2015

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bestwriter wrote on February 23, 2015, 1:58 AM

That was indeed a tall order and I hope you were able to pick up atleast some of those that you put in that bucket. Since it is a challenge I shall make a post but do give me some time.

UK_Writer wrote on February 23, 2015, 2:40 AM

I've never had a bucket list. I've never had the spare funds for doing stuff - and nobody to do stuff with. I think if I needed to go through a list it'd just have something mundane on it like eating more indian curries :)

CoralLevang wrote on February 23, 2015, 3:24 AM

I will take the challenge, valmnz ...though it will be much different than you may think.

scheng1 wrote on February 23, 2015, 4:34 AM

If you can do a triathlon, you can unlikely to kick the bucket anytime.

crowntower wrote on February 23, 2015, 6:15 AM

That is so true! All we have to do is to plan and have a will power and faith to God and ourselves that we can do it, instead of chickening out in just a mere writing it in a piece of paper. I know it is really hard to achieve a very big thing specially when you have nothing in your pocket, or people who can help you... but I think a person who is not afraid to dream and put an effort to step in faith will make things happen.. and that is to CHrist be the glory!

Dawnwriter wrote on February 23, 2015, 9:53 AM

Children and responsibilities have a strange way of kicking the bucket list. My children and aging in-laws made me change all my priorities but still it is nice to think of things that are adventurous and different.

wolfgirl569 wrote on February 23, 2015, 10:04 AM

I do not really have a bucket list. I just want everyone I care about to be happy and healthy

WordChazer wrote on February 23, 2015, 1:17 PM

Overwintering somewhere in northern Manitoba is on my bucket list. Stroking a polar bear, hugging a koala - but not at the same time! Meeting various musicians and authors, although one or two of my original list had the temerity to drop dead before I managed to meet them (Arthur C Clarke and Gentry Lee being two of them). Swimming with basking sharks or manatees would be good too.

Then a few more prosaic things like paying off the mortgage and other loans, decluttering the house completely and turning my eBay decluttering shop into a business.

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valmnz wrote on February 23, 2015, 2:11 PM

It was a challenge for me, as I have never really thought of it as a bucket list, just things I'd like to do some day.

valmnz wrote on February 23, 2015, 2:12 PM

Whatever dreams you have, they don't need to be grand.

valmnz wrote on February 23, 2015, 2:13 PM

CoralLevang I see you've already responded. I'll be going there next.

valmnz wrote on February 23, 2015, 2:15 PM

I did several women's only triathlons a few years ago, maybe I should write about them.

valmnz wrote on February 23, 2015, 2:16 PM

I have to save hard when I want to do something special, but it's always worth it.

valmnz wrote on February 23, 2015, 2:17 PM

I agree. My list of things tends to be more achievable now because of life circumstances.

valmnz wrote on February 23, 2015, 2:18 PM

Make sure you include yourself in that too.

valmnz wrote on February 23, 2015, 2:19 PM

Over wintering in Australia was once on mine. And I've hugged a koala 😊

WordChazer wrote on February 23, 2015, 5:10 PM

Ah you! If koalas are half as snuggly as wallabies I am going to be in heaven. I was able to stroke a wallaby a few years ago in the US, and I am a donkey hugger for the same reason, because their coats are just so fluffy and soft. Polar bears have really rough coats, but my spirit animal is a polar bear so I have an affinity with them.

valmnz wrote on February 23, 2015, 5:17 PM

Koalas look sweet but can be mean and nasty too. Stay away from their claws. But yes, cuddly if they're in the right mood. For some reason I relate to elephants and now I'm looking forward to meeting a camel.

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BrenndaMarie wrote on February 23, 2015, 8:00 PM

Wow, you have done some exciting things in your lifetime. I really only have one thing in my bucket list. I wish to go to Europe someday and visit the castled of England, Scotland , and Ireland.

cheri wrote on February 23, 2015, 11:33 PM

I remember the time when my kids and I made that kind of list. I have to look for them so I can share it here.

valmnz wrote on February 23, 2015, 11:36 PM

Many people here in New Zealand have the same desire, but it is so far away from here, I realistically let my own dreams settle closer to home.

CountryWine wrote on February 24, 2015, 4:13 AM

You've had quite some experiences including the elephant ride! I don't have a bucket list. I don't need one. I know what I want to do and accomplish.

Gina145 wrote on February 24, 2015, 8:20 PM

I've never even though about writing a bucket list. I've just got so stuck in the rut that is my life that I've forgotten how to dream.