Monday, 3 March 2014

Discuss some of the things on your bucket list

I’ve never actually written a bucket list. There are things I know I want to do in my life, but I never physically sat down to write them. So I guess this is my chance!

I want to:
1     1. Live in at least 3 more countries
2     2. Become fluent in Spanish
3     3. Skydive
4     4. Do a road trip across the USA
5     5. Write a book (and be published)
6     6. Visit every continent (sans Antarctica. I’m not bothered with that one)
       7. Go into Space

Those are the major ones I can think of just now. I’m sure you can’t help but notice how dominated my list is by travel and travel-related items. I can’t help it, it is who I am. Haha! So, notes for discussion:

I discussed before my desire to live in a few more countries. I want to really experience a few places, and I feel like you need extended amounts of time in a country to really understand the culture and the lifestyle. So, I might as well live in a few more places and (hopefully) get paid for it instead of doing extended vacations. Unless I win the super-billions-lottery, in which case I’m sure I won’t care about not working.

Spanish fluency is something that I really, really want now. As I get closer to leaving Mexico and my Spanish is good, but stuck in a rut since I don’t have much time for learning new things. I tend to just practice what I know, sloooowly getting better. I know I’ll need a longer period of time in a Spanish speaking country to gain fluency. Another reason for #1 on this list.

Skydiving just looks really cool. Waaay better than bungee jumping!

Road trips are fun. And I haven’t seen SO much of the USA. I love to visit new places, but haven’t had the chance/time/inclination to visit so much of my own country. Yellowstone National Park, Mount Rushmore, Philadelphia, Chicago, Niagara Falls, Boston, Washington D.C., Savannah, New Orleans, some bits of Texas (Hi Aunt Kathie!), etc. And so many places I don’t remember/remember well and would love to see again, like the Grand Canyon, St. Louis, and Charleston. I need a car, a playlist and a buddy, and I’ll be good to go!

Well, I do love to write. And I have a few random thoughts and treads of ideas for novels. Hopefully one day, after the dreaded thesis is FAR behind me, I’ll be able to sit down and focus on writing something non-anthropological and fun! I really look forward to stretching my creative muscles some more!

Visit every continent. Like a road trip across the planet. Except probably spread out over many years. I have been to North America, Europe, and Africa, but there is still so much to see and do! Next I have my sights set on Asia, hopefully at the end of 2015 as a graduation present to myself…

Who DOESN’T want to visit space?!?! It is such a fantastically unknown, scary, yet temping place. To see the planet from SPACE, the stars, the unfathomable void, to experience weightlessness, complete silence and the knowledge that outside your bubble of a spaceship there is no physical way you can survive. What a humbling, beautiful, life-changing experience. Thanks to Sir Richard Branson I might get to do this sooner rather than later. Woo-hoo for Virgin Galactic!

So that’s it for now. I’m sure there are more bucket-list type things that I’ll come up with as I go along, like learning to make my own puff pastry or something ridiculous like that. But the aforementioned are the big ones, the ones I think about often enough to have on the tip of my tongue.

Until tomorrow,

Kim x

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