- I don't like to plan. I don't know what I'm doing tomorrow, how can I plan for something that might be years away? I didn't plan to be a firefighter, and 27 years later I'm still fighting fire.
|Me on a hotshot crew|
- What if you change your mind? As in, "hey, running with the bulls would be fun!" (Don't worry, mom, this sentence has never crossed my lips). Then, older and wiser, you realize it might be sort of dumb, and you don't want to do it anymore. Can you actually cross things off a bucket list? That seems kind of wrong, so much so that one day you might find yourself sprinting along in Pamplona, thinking, darn that bucket list! What was I thinking! But now I HAVE TO!
- I don't always know I want to do something in advance. Last November I was scouring the internet, thinking, I've got to get out of here, where can I go? when I saw a friend's pictures of Antarctica. Oh ok, I'll go there, I decided, and left a month later. While climbing a mountain in Antarctica, I realized I had been climbing on every continent except one (Europe). Hmmm, that would be kind of cool to climb on all seven continents, I thought while waiting for the person on the rope ahead of me to negotiate a crevasse. OK, I'll do that then. Iceland, here I come!
|Climbing in Antarctica|
- I've already done a lot of stuff. Skydiving? Did it. Climb Kilimanjaro? That too. Fly in a helicopter? All the time. See the Big Five in Africa? Yep. Of course there's still things I want to do, but usually I figure them out at the last minute.
Here's what I think about bucket lists. Have one, if you like lists, or if you need one to plan ahead. But life is uncertain. If you want to do something, do it! Unless it involves another person who isn't in the picture/isn't ready/isn't born yet, tons of logistics, or millions of dollars, your dreams are closer than you think.
What do you think? Do you have a bucket list? If so, what's on it?