Have a bucket list. Check it off. Life is short.

I was hanging out with Mom and Dad last week in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Dad had a rather awkward trip down the resort’s water slide. I felt badly that I’d convinced him to give it a try and he’d clearly not had a good time, but at the bottom, he turned to me and said, “That was not fun. But at least I can check it off my bucket list.”

It instantly made me think of Mia and how she always wanted to go parasailing but never managed to do it before she felt she was “too old”. Truth be told, she probably could have gone parasailing long after she thought she could go parasailing, but she never got to do it.

So, after Dad’s comment, as he and I resumed our trek around the lazy river, I tried to conjure up a mental image of my own bucket list. I’ve been down water slides. I’ve been parasailing. But what haven’t I done?

 A few weeks ago I was ziplining above downtown Las Vegas with Jeff and Anil. And it was so freakin’ fun. I want to zipline again, through the trees in a more natural setting. I want to go on a cruise. I want to hike all 4o peaks on the South Beyond 6000 challenge.

Tell me, what do you want to do?

Life is short. Let’s start now.



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4 responses to “Have a bucket list. Check it off. Life is short.”

  1. Graham Avatar

    I want to write a blog comment.


  2. Kevin Avatar

    After spending a day and night with my great aunt and uncle, who are the closest people to being grandparents to me now, I have been having the same feelings. My great uncle Bill and I climbed the the summit of a mountain when I visited about 15 years ago. Today, he has trouble climbing the stairs in his house. I think the sooner we realize that we won’t always have the ability to do everything we want, the sooner we can try to enjoy every moment as it’s happening!

  3. Jessica Avatar

    I agree with Kevin! I want to ride my bike up Mt. Mitchell. I want to live in Colorado. I want to achieve that museum educator’s position instead of always being in the classroom. I want to see Greece (and I have an entire list of cities in Europe and Asia that I am dying to see, too). I want to check off all the big U.S. cities and their amazing sights and museums, too. I have checked one off my bucket list already this year, so I guess that’s a good thing!

  4. Crystal Avatar

    My bucket list is substantial and sometimes I add things to the list, just so I can make a check by it because it was so cool when I done it. My husband and I alternate Anniversary years, and we surprise each other instead of each doing presents every year. Last year was my year and I took him to Boston to see a Red Sox game, and it was awesome. I always tell him to look at my bucket list for ideas and inspiration when it’s his year. I hope I can check something off in 3 weeks 🙂