Bucket List

What is a Bucket List?

In a nutshell, a Bucket List is a list of things you want to do before you die.

Why a Bucket List?

I spent 6 years of my life severely immobilised by crippling knee pain.  The most depressing thing about those 6 years wasn’t the pain, it wasn’t being a cripple at a mere 24 years of age, it wasn’t even the uncertainty of not knowing if and when I’d ever be “fixed”.  It was all the things I thought I’d never be able to do.

As soon as there was a slight improvement in my condition, largely in order to stop being such a miserable old moo and also because I am a shameless list-freak, I sat and wrote a list of a few things that I’d love to do, and gradually, throughout the course of the last 18 months, I’ve been ticking some of them off.

The thrill of ticking something off an “I’ve always wanted to” list simply can’t be underestimated.  It’s given my life so much unexpected joy, such rich experiences that I wanted to turn my list into a Bucket List Meme, share my joy and achievements via my blog, and hopefully encourage some of you to discover the same enjoyment of life.  Go on!  Life’s waaaaay too short for “always wanted to”!!

The Rules

So far as your list goes, the rules are, there ain’t no rules!  It’s your list.  The contents are entirely your own, and can be as daft or as simple as you like.  I’ve posted my Bucket List as an entirely separate blog page so that it’s easily accessible, and as and when I tick something off my list, I will strike it through, and mark the date.  You can put lifelong dreams you’ve already achieved on your list, and of course, can post on your blog describing your experience each time you tick off a Bucket List item.

Your Bucket List can evolve with you.  Any time you stumble across another experience you really want to have, just edit your post.  At the end of your post, tag people whose Bucket List you’d love to see or who you think would enjoy taking part and add the Bucket List badge. Don’t forget to visit other Bucket Listers for inspiration, and to yell encouragement from the sidelines.

My Bucket List

  • Take a French A-Level August 2011, Grade A
  • Study Psychology
  • Learn to play the piano
  • Take a Nile Cruise  February 2012
  • Visit the Sphinx and the Pyramids  February 2012
  • Learn Hieroglyphics
  • Read about the Egyptian Pantheon
  • Learn how to cast a circle
  • Read about Greek Mythology
  • Start giving blood again  31 March 2010
  • Register as an Organ Donor  June 2010
  • Register as a Bone Marrow Donor  April 2010
  • Sign up as a Vision Aid Overseas volunteer  January 2010
  • Go on a Vision Aid Overseas project October 2011
  • Complete a Race for Life in memory of my friend Julie 27 June 2010
  • Visit Wimbledon Tennis Club
  • Dine at a Gordon Ramsay Restaurant
  • Start a blog! April 2011
  • Take an Archery Class September 2010
  • Climb a rock-climbing wall
  • Abseil
  • Take a dance class  Belly dancing! January 2010
  • Take a photography class
  • See the Niagara Falls
  • Try sushi
  • Learn how to bake delicious soft chewy cookies!
  • Complete a dog agility course with Max, with photographic evidence
  • Start an ISA March 2011
  • Make a will  March 2012
  • Meet my fabulous friend Ric October 2011
  • Take my Mum to New York November 2010
  • Take my Dad to St Petersburg August 2011
  • Ride in a Hot Air Balloon
  • Swim with dolphins Malta 2008
  • Go on a cruise August 2011
  • Fly first/business class
  • Take a photo every day for a year 2012
  • Go on an African Safari
  • Visit Stonehenge again – July 2012
  • Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter July 2014
  • Visit the Harry Potter studio – August 2012
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Learn to ice skate
  • Watch a Broadway show
  • Ice skate in Central Park
  • Walk on the Great Wall of China  September 2013
  • See Torvill and Dean perform live April 2014

I tag my lovely blogging friends:

and because I know she loves a good list as much as I do:

Good luck Bucket Listers!  May your days be filled with fulfilled Bucket List dreams!



Bucket List

Add your Bucket List to the Collection:

Bucket List Badge Code:

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6 Responses to Bucket List

  1. Stacey says:

    Oh I can show you soft, chewy cookies no problems!!

    • Jay says:

      Yes please!! I have searched in vain on the internet for nice recipes in the past. I’m particularly partial to Sainsbury’s Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies. Delish!

  2. Rachael says:

    I came across your site, it’s great. I’m thinking of finally starting a blog and I think I might put a bucket list on there. Thanks for inspiring me! @blushdaily

    • Jay says:

      Go for it Rachael 🙂 I took quite some persuading from bloggign friends to start this blog, and I can honestly say I’m really enjoying it, and very glad I did.

      As for Bucket Lists – I love it! It gives so much satisfaction to tick things off your Bucket List, and you’ll be able to blog about the experience. Don’t forget to link up here so we can come and see you and yell encouragement 🙂

  3. kirstyes says:

    Hi Jay

    I’ve finally done mine – http://kirstyes.co.uk/bucket-list/
    Also I’ve decided to start the 366 day photo challenge on 1st Jan – I’ve set up a tumblr. blog here – http://kirstyes.tumblr.com/ – do you fancy joining in and signing something else off your bucket list?

    • Jay says:

      Yay, well done! You’ve got some seriously cool things on your list – will have to add Wizarding World of Harry Potter to mine! Would really love to try the 365 photo challenge – not sure whether to blog it, or just take them for myself though. Perhaps a separate blog just for those…Will have to think on it 🙂

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