FORT WORTH, Texas December 31, 2017 — It’s still New Year’s Eve in this part of the world. Have you made your 2018 Bucket List plans? Do you have exceptional plans for this coming year? Not your normal, everyday plans and responsibilities, mind you, but things out of the ordinary.
Even if it’s just one thing…
What’s holding you back? Life is a veritable banquet with so much to choose from
If not, what’s holding you back?
Life is a veritable banquet with so much to choose from for all, in spite of pocketbooks, vacation time, or location. That old adage about time moving much faster as one gets older hasn’t been wrong yet. Today is the youngest you’ll be for the rest of your life, so get going!
Maybe you don’t know how to make your ambitions come alive. Or could it be you don’t know what you want? Help is on the way.
Here is a Top Ten 2018 Bucket List of objectives to complete during one’s lifetime. It may not be your top ten, but there will be something on this list that inspires you.
Items on one’s Bucket List can be anything; small or big and don’t be afraid to include things that seem out of reach. If you stretch enough and do some research you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish if you don’t give up.
Remember Auntie Mame’s rallying cry, “LIVE! LIVE! LIVE!”
In no particular order:
1) Rent an island.
There are several companies like Private Islands Online that rent retreats on lakes, seas and oceans all over the world. As expensive as it sounds that is not always the case. Some go for as little as $2000 a week. That’s comparable to what you’d pay for a decent hotel room. And if a group of friends or family members go together the cost can be split several different ways.
2) Cruise the Panama Canal.
Sailing through this modern marvel would be an amazing experience. It takes eight hours to go from one end to the other. If you exit the canal into the Pacific Ocean you’ll be on track to the next item on this list.
3) Visit Machu Picchu.
Hiram Bingham discovered this ancient and mysterious Peruvian Inca fortress in 1911. Machu Picchu is Quechua meaning “Old Peak.”
4) Antarctic Cruise.
Far off, distant and mysterious; perfect elements for a Top Ten item. There are cruises one can take from the southern tip of South America, Australia or New Zealand. Some are day trips, some last days and weeks. We all know people that have been to Europe or the South Pacific—why not be one of only a handful of people to visit the actual bottom of the world. Wanderlust Travel Magazine shows you seven ways to get there.
5) Cooking, Wine, and/or Beer making classes.
Sur la Table offers in-store classes, online classes, and private events. Sessions include date night, kids and teens, pasta, sheet pan suppers, skills for the new year, and more.
Texas Brewing Inc. starts your fermenting hobby with their beginner classes. If you want to make just one bottle at a time there’s Wine Fusion Winery in Grapevine, Texas as well. Check your local listings for classes near you.
6) Join Meetup.
Increase your social life with others who share like interests or find out about and try something you never thought of before. Meetup offers groups ranging from: joining a movement, learning to cook, training for a marathon, building a mobile app, hike a mountain, practice a language, and it’s where I found the Greater Fort Worth Writer’s Group when I decided to learn how to write. Just pick a subject and you’re sure to find a gathering for it.
7) Friendship Anniversary Trip.
We’ve all heard of trips to celebrate a milestone wedding anniversary. How about celebrating a lifelong friendship? Many people have been compatriots for decades. In this era of platonic devotion that lasts until the next text war, TV shows about “frenemies” and public humiliation through sexting and bullying, friendships that last forty or more years are certainly something to celebrate.
8) Cross-country drive.
Hit every one of the lower forty-eight states by traveling south, then north, north then south and repeating the pattern until you get from Maine to Washington state. Once in the Evergreen State drive on up through Canada all the way to Alaska. Then take a cruise from there to Hawaii on the last leg of the journey. The cost would be high and the amount of time to do it will be long but it would surely be the adventure of a lifetime.
9) Sail a Chinese junk off the coast of Hong Kong.
Movies take you many places and Soldier of Fortune, starring Clark Gable and Susan Hayward takes the viewer to Hong Kong and Macau on the South China Sea. The photography from this movie is magnificent. Who could imagine kicking back on a ship just like the ancient Chinese sailed and still used today. Drifting across beautiful Victoria Harbor with the brilliant backdrop of Hong Kong is a dream waiting to happen.
10) Visit the countries of your ancestors.
I had the pleasure of meeting my cousins Bob and Bonnie from England this year. They came across the pond this past summer and stayed with yours truly. What a delight! I’m really going to try to make a trip to England this year! If you have the chance to meet distant family we highly recommend it.
You don’t have to know specifics of your heritage to find your forebears. Websites like Ancestry.com, and especially their DNA project is a great place to start. And the results may surprise you. You can find other great family history sites at Family History Daily. While most of us have at least an idea of where we came from it’s always interesting to find out about one’s lineage. And if you are lucky there will still be kinfolk in the old country to discover and know.
This is just a start—take it and run. Keep your bucket list active, even if you can’t do them until next year, or the year after. I have one friend that wanted to visit the Gardens at Giverny. Every birthday she would swear her next birthday would happen in Monet’s garden. It finally happened, after nearly three decades of “next year.”
There should always be something to look forward to.
Don’t forget to add more items to your agenda throughout your life. Completing an entire list in a lifetime may not happen but if you do not try you will not accomplish anything at all. Go ahead. Reach for the moon as well as the stars. And when others try to rain on your parade, carry an umbrella.
Your adventure awaits.