When I first volunteered to guest blog and write about my bucket list, I thought, “This will be easy.” After all, everyone has stuff they want to do and want to accomplish in life before they kick the bucket.
But it turns out that putting those wants and desires onto paper is a lot harder than I expected. What should be included? How specific should it be? Does every want and desire—no matter how seemingly trivial—be included or should a bucket list only include the really big things, the show stoppers, the stuff that will be legen—wait for it—dary.
Here’s the thing about a bucket list: It shouldn’t just be a wish list. It shouldn’t just be a list of all those wonderful things that would be really cool to do before you die but also really hard to cross off the list. Yes, climbing Mt Everest would be incredibly awesome. But, also, incredibly difficult to achieve. I once rode a tram 6000 feet to the top of Sandia Mountain in New Mexico. That is the extent of my mountain climbing experience. Climbing Mt Everest is not on my bucket list, no matter how incredibly awesome it would be.
A bucket list, however, probably shouldn’t contain the mundane, either. Unless you’re a risk of an early death, including “Living until I’m 60” shouldn’t be included. Finding that right balance, however, is tricky.
But I think I’ve done it.
Brian Smith’s Bucket List:
1. Drink a Bellini at Harry’s Bar in Venice
2. Stand in St. Peter’s Square and hear the Pope’s Easter address
3. Run with the bulls in Pamplona
4. Watch an FC Barcelona match at the Camp Nou
5. Attend the World Cup
6. Be in attendance at the NCAA Final Four as the University of Kentucky wins a championship in basketball
7. Cliff dive in Hawai’i
8. Visit all 50 states
9. Travel to every continent
10. Gamble at a high roller’s table in Vegas
11. New Year’s Eve in Times Square
12. Learn to play one song really well on the piano
13. Speak French fluently
14. Flirt with a supermodel
15. Midsummer’s Night Party at the Playboy Mansion
16. Take batting practice at a major league baseball stadium
17. Meet the President
18. Read the Bible from start to finish
19. Sky dive
20. Be a contestant on Jeopardy
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And, many thanks to Jenny for this opportunity. She rocks!