A few weeks back, I wrote a post about Living in My Own Bucket List. In it, I related an experience I had at work that forced me to take a look at what I really want to do before I leave the planet. I needed to recreate my bucket list. I have pondered for a couple of months now, because really…this is a set of goals.
The following words kept popping up in my head. I’ve quoted Oscar Wilde before, but feel it’s worth sharing again:
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that’s all”
Or to quote another favorite, (relevant in my case since I’m turning 50), Jon Bon Jovi said it poinantly:
“Ohh, We’re Half Way There. Whoa,oh Livin’ on a Prayer!”
Yeah, that about sums it up. The point is, any way you look at it, one should always be living not simply existing no matter what age you are. I used both quotes as building blocks: what does it mean to me to “live”, and “let’s do this” because I’m gonna be 50!
My Bucket List
When I sat down to write my bucket list, it felt very different. In the past, the list was heavy with “go and do this” items. I found that isn’t the case any more. I’m actually very content to plant myself here in Alaska and enjoy it. We truly are living in our bucket list so the list is actually pretty short!
The things I want to kick off my bucket list are much deeper than just a trip or seeing something. They are experiences that can be felt. Like enjoying the warmth of family.
In a few weeks, we are headed to Utah for Thanksgiving with my parents, brothers, sister and their families. With what airfare cost, we could have gone to Mexico. But I’m just not interested in that. I want to be surrounded by loved ones, enjoying the time we have left to spend together. That’s my real treasure in life.
I want to be with my kids, and grandkids (hopefully someday) and love them. I wish I would have felt this strongly when they were growing up and all at home. But sometimes the things of most value, we take for granted when they are always there. I won’t anymore. My faith and family are tops on my bucket list.
Pioneer Log Home
So, beyond that, my second big bucket list item is to provide a home for them to come home to. We’ve drifted a bit over the last 10 years or so, and I want to put down roots.
I’ve always dreamed of building a Pioneer Log Home. And, if Jeff goes along with it, we are going to build one with the goal of having it done in the next 2-3 years (they take a while). Where in Alaska that log home will be is still up for debate. Likely, somewhere between Palmer and Girdwood.
Wakatobi Resort, Indonesia
Of all the places in the world that I would ever like to visit, the one that has always been on my bucket list is to scuba dive at Wakatobi Resort.
The resort sits among some of the most biodiverse waters that exist on the planet. Visibility is amazing, plus, it’s uncrowded and secluded. If I only dove there and spent the rest of my diving life here in Alaska, I’d be content. I’d like to have this knocked off the list within 5 years.
Bonus Bucket Diving: Fiji, the Maldives.
Heli Powder Skiing
Once again, this is something that has always been on the list. To go helicopter skiing for a week on pristine slopes would be a dream come true. Plus, if I can do it, it will also mean that I’ve achieved a fitness goal.
Bonus Mountain Adventures: Trek to Everest Base Camp, white water raft the Grand Canyon on a Glenn Canyon Dam high water release year.
You know what? That’s it! Short and sweet, to the point with goal dates in mind. I’m excited about it and most importantly, motivated. When I’m done, I’ll rewrite my bucket list again.
If your bucket list doesn’t provide some motivation, excitement and goals, it’s only words written on paper (or worse, just in your mind). I challenge you all to figure out what it is that you would put on your bucket list, then go after it!
After all, none of us really knows how much time we have left…and it’s a terrible shame to waste it.
*Photo Credits: Pioneer Log Home courtesy of Pioneer Log Homes, Wakatobi above and below water courtesy of Wakatobi Resort, Heli Skiing courtesy of Points North