FORT WORTH, Texas January 19, 2014 — Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions? Have you decided that “this is the year that I__________.” If you haven’t started on your goals what is holding you back? That old adage about time moving much faster for the older one gets 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 Bucket List of sizable objectives to complete during one’s lifetime—or at least give some of them the old college try. After all, when going for the gold you might as well dream big. The goal is to start fulfilling some of them this year. Items on one’s Bucket List should not be run-of-the-mill, average hopes and dreams. It should include things that seem out of reach. If you stretch enough you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish if you don’t give up. Remember, 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 right on track to the next item on this list.
3) Take a trip to Machu Picchu in Peru. Hiram Bingham discovered this ancient and mysterious Inca fortress in 1911. Machu Picchu is Quechua meaning “Old Peak.”
4) Antarctic Cruise. Antarctica. 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 and New Zealand. Some are day trips, some last days and weeks. We all know people that have been to Europe or the South Pacific—be one of only a handful of people to visit the actual bottom of the world.
5) Sleigh Ride. Don’t laugh. It may seem mundane after visiting Antarctica but those who live in temperate climates this would be a first. Hayrides are the closest thing to a sleigh ride in these areas. Besides, who can resist the idea of a romantic sleigh ride like in the scenes in many favorite movies, such as Christmas in Connecticut starring Barbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan.
6) Rebuild a car. Do you have a “dream car” that hails from times past? This is the kind of project one can do over a period of years and budget constraints for the “do-it-yourselfers.” Or, if you can afford to have someone else do it, your favorite nostalgic auto can be in your driveway in no time.
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. You don’t have to know specifics of your heritage to take a look at how your forbearers lived. While most of us have at least an idea of where we came from it’s always interesting to find out the “hows” and “whys” to the way your family does things and how they look at the world. 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. There is no sense in dreaming if you do not dream big. Keep your resolutions even if you can’t do them until next year, or the year after that—no matter how long it takes. That way there will 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. ***** Read more of Claire’s work at Feed The Mind, Nourish The Soul at Communities Digital News and at Greater Fort Worth Writers Group.