Earlier this week I did a review of Chris Guillebeau’s book The Happieness of Pursuit. One of the exercises in the book is to make your own bucket list, the list of things you want to accomplish before you die. I feel like I have made such a list before, but I couldn’t find in anywhere. It’s possible that I just kept a handful of things in mind because as I sat down to write them out, I was amazed at how difficult it was and how few things I had in mind. Here’s a detailed look at what’s on my bucket list now.
- Publish a book: That sounds like a big one and it could be. I’m not necessarily opposed to self-publishing if a publisher didn’t bite on what I’ve written. What is more important to me is that it is up to my standard of quality. In 2008 I wrote a novel called “The Mourner’s Guide To The Death Of Charlie Edison”. I don’t think it’s great and I don’t have big plans to revise it and make it better. However, I am in the early stages of writing something else. I don’t like to say “I’m writing a book” because that sounds kind of pretentious, so I will just say that I am writing something and it may turn into a book and I may choose to publish it.
- Build a guitar: This in an of itself isn’t too difficult for me. I’ve previously assembled two bass guitars from kits. I have stacks of drawings for guitars of my original design and I have two that I would like to become a reality. How difficult it is depends on how much of it I want to build myself. Am I going to make the body? Am I going to make the neck from scratch? Am I going to carve and cut the nut? All those things take different skills.
- Jump on a trampoline!: This one should be easy! I just never had any friends with trampolines when I was growing up and I don’t know anyone with one now. Have you got a trampoline I can come jump on? Maybe I should just go buy one then I can be the guy that people know with a trampoline.
- Record an album: ARG! This has been on the list for so long that I can’t believe I haven’t done it. I have enough finished songs to record an album, but much like the guitar thing, it depends on how much of it I want to do myself. I could start tomorrow if I were going to limit myself to using the built-in microphone on my laptop and digital drum loops.
- Design and produce a new product: I don’t have to re-invent the wheel, but I’d like to take one of my many designs from the drawing table to real life even if it doesn’t see huge production numbers or profits. So long as I don’t lose my shirt making it.
- Design and build a home: I just always thought it would be neat to design a house and build it myself. This might mean making a small tiny home built with a trailer as a foundation or it might mean something bigger and more permanent.
- Fly…something? In a helicopter?: To be fair, my grandfather has built two planes and at one point he let me fly one of them a little bit. I’m not sure I need to get a license or maybe I just want to take some lessons. At the very least, I’d like to take a ride in a helicopter.
- Travel to another country: Canada isn’t that far away, but I don’t even have a passport. I feel like I should have more travel destinations in mind, but there is no one place I feel I have to go to. The Sistine Chapel would be neat. Japan sounds cool.
- Set a world record: In what, I don’t know. Just something I always thought would be cool.
- Be a bartender: It’s maybe not a career move, but something I’d like to do at least part time for a little while, though I’d like to do more than sling beer in bottles. I’d really like to mix cocktails.
That’s it? I could start work on some of those right away! I guess that’s the point of making a list. Still, I would like to see myself add some more items. Maybe climb something tall? Killamanjaro? Everest? Perhaps I should check out some other lists to get some more ideas or refresh my memory. You can use the BucketList.org site to keep track of your goals and watch others achieve theirs.
What’s on your bucket list? How do you keep track of the goals? Let us know in the comments below!