The idea of a bucket list has been around for a long time. I have seen many people talk about their bucket lists. Some are short and very specific and others have huge lists that seem impossible to do in a lifetime – at least in my opinion. To be perfectly honest, I never really gave bucket lists much thought. Then 2020 and the pandemic hit. I think we all realized how quickly life can change and how things we used to take for granted were suddenly impossible to do. This got me thinking about the things I really want to do and experience in my life and it inspired me to write a bucket list of my own.
My bucket list
Visit a working dude ranch
I have wanted to visit a working dude ranch for years. I recall unofficially planning a trip with my best friend in high school but sadly it never happened. The desire to experience the cowboy lifestyle, herding and branding cattle, riding horses, and fixing fences before settling down for a meal by the fire sounds ideal. I know there are quite a few working dude ranches out there that offer packages to visit and work for a week or more. Plus it would be amazing to get back on a horse again, as I haven’t gone riding in years.
Plus, there is a book idea I eventually want to write that involves a cattle ranch, so this trip could technically count as research.
Attend a presentation by Jane Goodall
This almost happened in 2019. There was a presentation “close” to where I live, tickets were available and I wanted with all my heart to go. However, the logistics of it simply didn’t work out. Wildlife conservation has been something I have been passionate about for years. I remember wanting to go into wildlife conservation and that idea being totally squashed by my parents. Seeing the work that Jane Goodall has done with not just chimpanzees but conservation efforts, in general, is truly inspiring. I would love to attend one of her presentations and hear what she has to say more in-depth on the matter.
Bonus points if it involves a backstage pass where I can meet her afterward. That would be a dream come true.
Become fluent in Japanese
I’ve been on a journey to learn Japanese for a bit over a year now. While I have made some great progress I will admit I’m not as far into this process as I would have liked at this point. However, I have a lot of other things taking up my time as well, so currently, my study time is a bit limited. Despite that, I have plans to continue to work on this and eventually become fluent in Japanese. As part of this, I would also love to be able to take and pass the different levels of the JLPT tests.
Including learning Japanese in my monthly goals list has been helping me to keep focused on working towards this bucket list item.
Japan has become a place I really want to visit in the last few years. I love the culture, the history, and all of the food! I want to go there and experience all of that. This is part of the reason why I am learning Japanese. There are so many different areas I want to explore, from the castles to museums and especially Jimbocho – an area that has over 200 bookstores! That sounds like a dream come true. I want to see geisha, watch a sumo match, attend a tea ceremony, see Mount Fuji, eat authentic ramen and sushi. There are so many places I want to visit there that I doubt I could see and experience it all in a single trip.
This has long been a dream of mine since I was a kid. Going on a safari to see the elephants, zebra, and most importantly the rhinos out on the savannah. I want to go to Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and so many other countries there. I want to visit as many National Parks as possible. I want to see Masai Mara. I want to visit places like Ol Pejeta, where Sudan the last male Northern White rhino once lived, and the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust rehabilitation centers. Oh, there is so much I want to see and do there.
My top priory though would be to see rhinos in the wild. Rhinos are my favorite animal and while I have seen them in zoos, I really want to see them out in their natural habitat. That would be a true dream come true.
Own a homestead
I grew up on a farm and admittedly hated it, however, I have wanted to own a homestead for a number of years. I love the idea of having a huge garden, orchard and raising my own animals to provide for my family. I have read a number of books on the subject, watch YouTube channels about it, and feel like it’s the ideal life for me. I know it will come with a lot of challenges and plenty of hard work, but I feel up to that challenge and really hope it happens one day.
Growing up I wanted to learn karate. Partly because it was cool and partly because I wanted to kick my bully’s ass. Okay, I realize the latter is a terrible reason to learn it, but I was young and having a tough time and thought that if I could show them a solid ass-kicking they would leave me alone. But my parents wouldn’t allow me to learn it, along with many other things, so I had to shelf this dream. But now I have been thinking about it again. My reasons have also changed. I think learning karate would greatly improve my life by teaching me strength and discipline.
Become an author
I’m a writer. But the title of author currently eludes me. Writing is my passion. I have loved to create stories since I was young. That love has not faded and in fact, it’s even stronger now. There are so many stories bouncing around my mind that I often have a hard time giving them the proper attention they deserve.
To make this dream a closer reality, I have decided to dedicate 2021 to be my year of writing, where I truly invest in my writing to bring it to the level it needs to be to become an author.
There you have it, my bucket list. It’s not very long, but each and every one of these experiences means a lot to me. I really hope that over the next few years I am able to fulfill some of these. What is on your bucket list? Do we have any of these in common?