Non-bucket list


Do you have a bucket list? I both do and don’t. I approve of the concept. I enjoy lists in general. But I’ve never really gotten into bucket lists. I tried to make one once or twice, but I always end up going a little bit crazy and just listing cools things that I could do rather than cool things I want to do.

The thing is, I think of a bucket list as being a list of things you’d regret not doing on your deathbed. And while there are things that I think would be cool to do, most of them are not things that I would regret if I died without doing them. I think there are really only a handful of things that I really want to do before I die, and it’s hard to tell what is wishlist stuff and what stuff is just … planning for your future. I want to write books. I want to have children. But those aren’t bucket list things. Those are things. Those are life. I guess the idea of a bucket list is to get people to think of life as more than just a grind. I don’t know. I’m pretty happy. I don’t mind travel, but I don’t have wanderlust, really. Going to a place is more about who’s with me than the place itself. Unless there are scorpions there. I don’t want to go to a place with scorpions. Does Istanbul have scorpions? Because I do kind of want to go to Istanbul…I’ll just have to remember to check my shoes.

What follows is a list of eleven things, in no particular order, of odd and whimsical things that I’d do if I got the chance but I wouldn’t be terribly put-out about if I didn’t get to do them:

  • Sing karaoke in Japan
  • Swim in the largest swimming pool in the world
  • Stand in the windiest place in the world and see if I can get some air
  • Be a translator at a foreign consolate
  • Pet a tiger and not get eaten
  • Swim in the Devil’s Pool
  • Learn how to actually speak Spanish, not just say my name and ask where the library is
  • Drive from one end of Canada to the other
  • Be self-sufficient (food-wise, mostly)
  • Take an ice dip in Finland
  • Cliff dive in Jamaica

Lots of water stuff on here. That’s surprising, actually, I didn’t realize I liked water that much.

I was also stretching a little to come up with all of those. They didn’t spring to mind easily.

Do you have a bucket list? What’s item number one on it?