My Bucket List

Birthday celebration on top of Eiffel Tower

“Having personal wish list (a/k/a Bucket List) is a great way of keeping track of our own life accomplishments. Life is more exciting and worth living if we have something to look forward to everyday.” – Theodora

The list below has been lingering around in the back of my mind for decades. If it weren’t for the movie with same title, I never would have thought of jotting them down let alone posting it online. As a child I have been known as a dreamer, ambitious, and goal oriented. I discovered at a very young age that everything is possible if I put my mind to it. I knew that if I take control of my life and go after what I want, then maybe, just maybe, my dreams will become a reality.

I created my bucket when I was just about 10 years old. It started as a list of things I wanted to have such as ~ owning hotdog and waffle makers, ice cream maker, good sound system and karaoke machine, to name a few. Looking back, I’ve realized that life is not all about having another top of the line electronics and/or kitchen gadgets. As I go through life my priorities have changed drastically, and my list keeps getting longer because I keep adding more and more to it. Some of the things I listed here with an (x) means “accomplished.” Rather than removing them from this list, I’ve decided to keep them as a reminder to myself that I have come a long way in spite of the many challenges I have encountered through life. Besides, this list keeps me inspired and grateful.

The remaining goals in my bucket:

( ) Write a memoir (work-in-progress)
( ) Own a yellow Corvette
( ) Learn how to drive stick shift
( ) Visit Holy Land
( ) Dream expedition to Antarctica on my 60th birthday
( ) Drive Coast-to-Coast (U.S.A.)
( ) Walk on the Great Wall of China
( ) Live in a foreign country (Italy and France) for six months
( ) Explore Western/Eastern Europe by car/bullet train
( ) Go to Nepal
( ) Visit other remaining islands of Hawaii (Big Island, Maui, Kaua’i)
( ) To own a Recreational Vehicle
( ) Visit all National Parks in the U.S.
( ) Go on a camping trip
( ) Study abroad
( ) Take African-Safari Tour
( ) Visit Ireland, New Zealand and Egypt                                                                                                                                                                                                            ( ) Visit JFK National Library                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Goals I achieved at the age of 41 through 50 years

(x) Celebrate my 50th birthday in Russia (Moscow and Saint Petersburg)                                                                                                                       (x) Watch the Ms. Universe LIVE                                                                                                                                                                                                                       (x) Visit Spain  [Barcelona, Valencia]                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (x ) See IL DIVO live in concert                                                                                                                                                                                                                           (x) Celebrate my birthday in Paris
(x) Dine on top of the Eiffel Tower
(x) Visit France
(x) Dance Waltz
(x) Take a Mediterranean Cruise
(x) Visit Italy [Rome, Amalfi Coast, Napoli, Genoa]                                                                                                                                                                                   (x) Hike to Cinque Terre                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         (x) Visit the entire Caribbean Islands
(x) Visit Westminster Abbey
(x) Learn how to cook gourmet food
(x) Visit Martha’s Vineyard
(x) Explore Arcadia Park, Maine
(x) Visit Brown and Harvard University campuses
(x) Host a reunion with my College and high school classmates                                                                                                                                                                (x) Host and sponsor my mother’s 80th Birthday Bash

Goals I achieved at the age of 31 through 40

(x) Learn to dance (Ballroom)
(x) Learn to speak and write foreign languages (French)
(x) Visit Canada
(x) Visit the Grand Canyon
(x) Visit Buckingham Palace
(x) Visit South and Latin America
(X) Ride in a helicopter
(x) Ride in a sea-plane
(x) Visit Washington, DC
(x) Visit Hawai’i (Oahu)
(x) Shop at the Harrods
(x) Hike on top of the Diamond Head
(x) Go on top of the Empire State Building
(x) Learn ice-skating
(x) Go deep-sea fishing
(x) Visit NBC studio
(x) Learn Latin dance
(x) Go snowmobiling
(x) Visit the White House
(x) Ride on a motorcycle
(x) Go horse back riding
(x) Visit Disney World…
(x) Visit the rain forests
(x) Watch whales in the ocean
(x) See Niagara Falls at night
(x) See and drive through the San Francisco Golden Bridge
(x) Attend Wine Tasting (Napa Valley, Martha’s Vineyard, Rhode Island)
(x) Ride on a horse-drawn carriage while exploring Central Park
(x) Throw a huge party for my 40th birthday
(x) Visit Margaritaville, Turks and Caicos
(x) Visit St. Thomas Island, Virgin Island
(x) Celebrate my birthday in Las Vegas
(x) Visit Puerto Rico

Goals I achieved at the age of 15 through 30

( ) Learning how to play musical instruments
(x) Finish High School
(x) Pass College Entrance Exam
(x) Finish College
(x) Get a job
(x) Having my own personal computer
(x) Get married at 25
(x) Go to the U.S.A.
(x) Live and work in the U.S.
(x) Having my own personal bank accounts
(x) Learn how to drive a car
(x) Buy a brand new car
(x) working for a big firm
(x) Take a cruise vacation
(x) Learn how to play tennis
(x) Learn how to swim
(x) Go on top of the Sears Tower’s observation deck


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. notquiteold
    Aug 27, 2011 @ 20:15:59

    Wow pretty good!


  2. Tweet
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 23:46:23

    Way to go sis.. you are truly blessed because you have a good heart. Thanks for everything. I love you


  3. Dalene Munden
    Nov 27, 2011 @ 14:23:19

    Hello. Great job. I did not expect this. This is a excellent story. Thanks!


  4. Joseph A Ferris III
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 23:21:56

    “(x) Explore Arcadia Park, Maine” – I’m from Maine – good job on getting there!


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