Well, obviously it comes from the phrase ‘to kick the bucket’ and I think the general idea is that it is a list of things that you want to do before you die. This doesn’t have to be because you have a diagnosis hanging over you, but could just be because it is important not to take life for granted. None of us know exactly when our life as we know it, will be taken away from us. It may not be that you die, but could just be that something happens to stop you achieving those things that you thought you had forever to do. There was a great comedy-drama with Morgan Freeman andJack Nicholson film named ‘The Bucket List’ – they both had lung cancer and went off to fulfil their list of ‘wanna-do’s’. Perhaps not everyone’s cup of tea, but I loved it!
Anyway, I digress. George Washington Carver apparently said that ‘Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses’ – haha…..that is most definitely me! I tend to live my life saying why I can’t do things rather than why I can….so this List for Living is a chance for me to be more positive and to find the things that will really set me off! I suppose I am trying to embrace the idea that it is better to fail at doing something than never giving yourself a chance to succeed. And this list assumes that I will be around for 10-20 years (time to earn a fair bit of money to pay for most of them!)
I have put a couple on that I had wanted to do for ages, and that I have achieved over the past 12 months, namely organising a Charity Ball, and getting a job that I love doing. This list won’t ever necessarily be completed….according to the ‘guru’s’ of bucket lists, a good list never gets completed as you keep finding new things you want to achieve in life. And if any of you fancy giving me anymore ideas, I’m very happy to hear them. Here we go;
1. See my children go for their first day at Secondary School
2. Create scrapbooks for my two children (Harder for a non-creative like me than you think!)
3. Travel to Paris for lunch in a fabulous place.
4. Watch England play France or Ireland at Twickenham
5. Learn how to do photography well
6. Go to a spectacular Christmas Market in Germany or somewhere similar
7. Get a GREAT fundraising Job that I will love ( DONE – I hope! )
8. Organise a Fundraising Ball ( DONE )
9. Have a photo session with my whole family
10. Watch the New Years Eve fireworks in London with Nick and the children
11. Fly first class on a plane
12. Go paragliding
13. Fly on a trapeze
14. Go to the Harry Potter Studios
15. Have a dog
16. Go to the 2016 Olympics in Rio and watch the cycling
17. Have a go on a TV game show….deal or no deal?
18. Learn how to decorate cakes…..well!
19. See the Seven Wonders of the World
20. Go whale watching in New Zealand
21. Sleep in a yurt
22. Overcome my strange fear of heights (jumping off and walking across heights)
23. Learn how to do beautiful makeup (for more than one day!)
24. Eat at the Fat Duck
25. Go to Ascot
26. Learn to ski
27. Go on Safari in Africa
28. Ride in a Yellow Cab in New York
29. Rock climb a BIG cliff face
30. Release a book into the wild and know it has travelled the world.
31. Take my kids to a concert
32. Visit Schloss Leopoldskron from the Sound of Music
33. Reach 40 and have a big party
34. Reach 50 and have an even bigger party!