bucket lists…

As we pulled up at Woolies yesterday afternoon Miss 14 said, out of nowhere, ‘I think I’d like to go skydiving.’

At my look of horror, she very quickly said, ‘not now, but like when I’m older. Would you want to do it with me?’

She knows I would do most things with her.

So I said, ‘It’s not something I’d like to do, but I would if you needed me to.’ And I would. For her. I love that she talks about her dreams. I love that Arian courage and sense of adventure.

I haven’t really thought a lot about what I want to do, I’ve just done it. Like the time in Penang a few years ago when I decided to go parasailing. I simply got out of the pool, grabbed 50RM and wandered onto the beach and 5 minutes later was in the air. My husband just raised his eyebrows and shook his head.

And like last year when Miss 14 and I were in New Zealand, we took a helicopter flight across the face of Mt Cook. These things have retrospectively gone onto my bucket list.

Mount Cook from a helicopter

I actually don’t have a list of things to do. I do have a list of places to go, but it changes and grows by the day. Even I can’t keep up with where is currently at the top of the list.

There is the places I haven’t been and still want to go in Australia list:

  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Albany
  • Broome
  • Ningaloo Reef
  • Great Ocean Rd
  • Kangaroo Island

Then there is the:

  • places I’ve been, places I want to see more of and places I haven’t been to in the rest of the world lists.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been fortunate to have travelled a lot- especially through Asia and New Zealand. I’ve done the Europe on a bus thing & now have a list of places I want to go back to for a real look. I’ve done the Britain in a car thing, and I’ve done the fly 30 hours for 5 days in New York thing. My list, however, is endless.

I once had a list titled “Things to do when I’m thin,” but the only thing I’ve left on it is:

  • Wear a bikini without a veranda.

I firmly decided that life doesn’t wait for weight. Get it? So as opportunities come up, I’ll be grabbing them.

Anyways, here is a list valid as at…now, and subject to change…whenever I hear something that makes me declare, ‘that is soooo something I have always wanted to do!’

  • Swim with whale sharks
  • Get my 2nd and possibly 3rd tattoo. I want a small lotus on my ankle with a yin yang in it, and a Pisces glyph on my wrist.
  • Ride a camel on Cable Beach in Broome at sunset
  • Do a book signing in New York…and London…of my book/s

I also wouldn’t mind:

  • Doing one of those Milford Sound treks in New Zealand
  • A Snowy Mountain horse trek (with hotels and massage therapists at the end of each day)

I used to have bungy jump on the list, by my chiropractor told me that the state of my spine is such that jumping off things or anything that jerks is possibly not one of the best ideas I’ve ever had.

What’s on your list?

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  1. Wow – your list is awesome 🙂

    I think I need to put more thought into my bucket list – but I tend to do things as they come up (like last year going to NZ and deciding if we were going we may as well do stuff that we wouldn’t usually do). I almost did bungee jumping (or bungee swing) – but given the state of my back it’s probably a good thing that I didn’t. Paragliding was scary enough from a heights perspective 🙂

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