Creating Your Bucket List http://www.squidoo.com/100thin gs#module9296292 What do you want to do before you die? Stop putting your dreams off for "some day" . . . Take inspiration from the movie "The Bucket List" look at some ideas to get your creativity going. Where to begin?? Time to brainstorm Start by creating a preliminary rough draft; you can always add, delete, or modify as you go along. Baroque music, such as "The Four Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi and Pachelbel's canon have been shown to slow brainwaves down to the Alpha range, the brain frequency which has been linked to increased creativity. Brainstorming Do not criticize or evaluate what you write down during the brainstorming process you're trying to open yourself up to possibilities. Write down whatever comes into your head, it doesn't matter how wildly impractical the idea seems. Basically, you're going to have to quiet your internal critic, that little voice in your head that might be saying: "You can't do that"; "That's silly"; "I can't afford that." Push the limits on what you currently think is possible for you and think outside the boundaries of your current life. Don't stop at 100 write down as many things as come to your mind. Later you can sift through the list you created and narrow it down to 100. Let All of Your Voices Out All of us contain multiple inner voices. Use your bucket list to let all of your voices out: - the the the the the the the the the the explorer adventurer linguist scholar/intellectual musician parent lover/the romantic athlete artist/the creative writer Maybe you want to . . . 1. Write a script for a TV show 2. Do stand-up comedy 3. Write a children's book 4. Go camping 5. Ride a gondola in Venice 6. Learn how to salsa dance 7. Host Saturday Night Live 8. Visit a Renaissance fair 9. See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre 10. Witness a solar eclipse "Will you succeed? Yes, you will indeed (98 3/4% guaranteed)." - Dr. Seuss Are there any sports you want to try? Any athletic milestones you want to reach? 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. Run a marathon. Learn archery. Learn to play golf. Join a bowling league. Become a triathlete. Swim across the English Channel. Learn to ski. Go canoeing or kayaking. Take horseback riding lessons. Take up fishing (or fly fishing) Learn how to ice skate (or figure skate) Learn how to roller blade. Learn to water ski Learn to sail. Learn to play tennis. Try fencing. Participate in the Tour de France. "There are points to be scored, there are games to be won." Dr. Seuss Would You Like to Learn a Foreign Language? 28. Become fluent in French. 29. Learn conversational Spanish. 30. Learn to say "hello" in 50 languages. 31. Learn sign language. 32. Learn Mandarin. 33. Learn Latin. 34. Choose a country and learn not only the language that is spoken there, but also study its customs, its cuisine, its art, and its history. Take Up A Martial Art 35. Karate 36. Kung Fu 37. JuJitsu 38. Tae Kwon Do 39. Judo 40. Aikido Let the Music Out 41. Learn to play the piano. 42. Take signing lessons. 43. Learn to play the guitar. 44. Enroll in a belly dancing class. 45. Learn to tango. 46. Learn to yoddle. 47. Compose a song. 48. Release an album. 49. Join the church choir. 50. Learn to tap dance. 51. Learn to waltz. 52. Learn the foxtrot. 53. Form a band. "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." Helen Keller" What adventures would you like to go on? 54. Ride in a hot air balloon 55. Go paragliding 56. Go sky diving 57. Go on a helicopter ride 58. Go scuba diving 59. Go snorkeling in a shipwreck 60. Swim with sharkshttp://www.zorb.com/smoky/ 61. Ride a mechanical bull 62. Climb Mt. Everest 63. Fire walking 64. Experience weightlessness 65. Go bungee jumping 66. Go white water rafting 67. Drive a race car 68. Dive in a submarine 69. Fly in a blimp 70. Go rock climbing 71. Learn to fly a plane 72. Go Zorbing! Where do you want to go? What places do you want to see? You can choose where to go based on several different factors: Natural Wonders You Want to See 73. The Grand Canyon 74. Victoria Falls (between Zambia and Zimbabwe) 75. Iguazu Falls (between Brazil and Argentina) 76. The Great Barrier Reef 77. The Galapagos Archipelago 78. The Northern Lights (the Aurora Borealis) 79. The Fjords of Norway 80. The Amazon Rainforest “There simply aren’t words to describe it.” Activities You Want to Participate In 81. Mardi Gras in New Orleans 82. Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 83. Times Square on New Year's Day 84. Oktober Fest in Germany 85. See the Cherry Blossoms around the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC in full bloom Monuments You Want to Visit 86. The Basilica di San Marco, Venice 87. St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican, Rome 88. The Acropolis in Greece 89. The Alhambra in Spain 90. Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain 91. The Statues of Easter Island, Chile 92. Hagia Sophia, Turkey 93. Kiyomizu Temple in Japan 94. The Kremlin in Russia 95. The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt 96. Stonehenge, United Kingdom "Piazza San Marco" 97. The Sydney Opera House, Australia 98. The Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, London, England Cities You Want to See 99. Athens, Greece 100. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 101. Chicago, Illinois, USA 102. Beijing, China 103. Buenos Aires, Argentina 104. Berlin, Germany Museums You Would Like to Visit 105. El Prado in Madrid, Spain 106. The Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy 107. The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia 108. The Louvre in Paris, France 109. Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris, France 110. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, USA 111. The British Museum in London, England 112. The Tate Gallery in London, England 113. The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Holland "After Altamira, all is decadence" Pablo Picasso" Maybe Prehistory is Your Thing 114. Visit the Lascaux Caves in southwestern France (this cave complex contains some of the most remarkable paleolithic cave paintings in the world). 115. Visit the caves of Altamira located near Santilliana del Mar in Cantabria, Northern Spain (the paintings in these caves are the most exceptional evidence of Magdalénian culture--between 16,500 and 14,000 years ago--in southern Europe). 116. Visit the Chauvet Cave located in the Ardèche département, southern France. 117. Visit the Seven New Wonders of the World The Seven New Wonders were revealed on July 7, 2007. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Machu Picchu, Peru The Colisseum in Rome Petra, Jordan Christ Redeemer, Brazil The Great Wall of China Chichen Itza, Mexico The Taj Mahal, India 118. Visit Dubrovnik, Croatia While staying in Dubrovnik in 1929, George Bernard Shaw said: "If you want to see heaven on earth, come to Dubrovnik." 119. Go to Disney World 120. See the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco 121. Go to the Pike Place Market in Seattle 122. See Mount Rushmore 123. See the Empire State Building 124. Climb up the Statue of Liberty 125. Go to Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, MA 126. Visit SeaWorld Florida, Orlando 127. Go to Universal Studios, Hollywood, CA 128. Visit Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii 129. Visit all 50 of the United States Take along a copy of John Steinbeck's "Travels with Charlie". http://thingsyoushoulddo.com / 130. Ride the 10 Largest Roller Coasters in the World 131. Ferris Wheels http://inventorspot.com/articles/my_ferris_wheel_is_bigger_th an_your_ferris_wheel_18732 Ride the world's largest Ferris Wheels. "The London Eye", "The Star of Nanchang" "The Singapore Flyer” http://www.hillmanwonders.com/top1000/index.htm Want More Ideas on Where to Go? UNESCO's 851 World Heritage Sites http://whc.unesco.org/en/list 132. Go on a cruise! 133. Swim in the largest swimming pool in the world, off the coast of Chile. It's more than 1,000 yards long, covers 20 acres, has a 115-foot deep end, and holds 66 million gallons of water. "There is fun to be done!" Dr. Seuss" What hobbies have you always wanted to take up? 134. Learn to juggle. 135. Learn to read tarot cards or rhunes 136. Learn how to use a pogo stick. 137. Learn to play chess. 138. Learn to play poker (or bridge). 139. Learn to play pool. 140. Take up photography. 141. Learn to make pottery. 142. Learn to sculpt. 143. Take up astronomy. 144. Learn astrology. 145. Fly kites. 146. Learn how to perform magic tricks. 147. Make mobiles (kinetic art) "Life must be lived as play." -- Plato More Hobbies to Consider Adding to Your List 148. Build a village around a model train layout. 149. Construct furniture. 150. Do woodworking. 151. Make stained glass windows. 152. Learn to make candles. 153. Make models of cars, ships or airplanes. 154. Learn to brew beer or make wine. 155. Take up gourmet cooking. 156. Paint - watercolors, oil, acrylics. 157. Grow prize-winning roses. 158. Restore a classic car. 159. Learn to Draw Grandma Moses Have you always wanted to paint but think it's too late to start now? Grandma Moses, a self-taught artist from upstate New York who first came to public attention at the age of 80, created 1600 works before her death at the age of 101. Take Up a Craft 160. Beading 161. Calligraphy 162. Embroidery 163. Jewelry Making 164. Knitting 165. Quilting 166. Scrapbooking 167. Sewing 168. Crochet 169. Embroidery 170. Jewelry making 171. Paper Crafts (origami) 172. Quilting 173. Create mandalas. Make a Separate List of "100 Books to Read" Should each of the books you want to read make it into your bucket list? I don't think so: Make a separate list of 100 books you would like to read. However, you can include items such as "Read all of Dostoevsky's novels" on your bucket list (#174). You can also add "Read all 100 books on my reading list" (#175). Another idea: "Read every novel that has won a Pulitzer Prize in the Fiction Category" (#176); or, "Read the complete works of Shakespeare" (#177). Some book humor: "A classic is something everyone wants to have read but no one wants to read." -- Mark Twain Do you have any educational aspirations you can include in your bucket list? "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela" 178. Finish high school 179. Get your GED 180. Get a college degree 181. Get a Masters 182. Get a PhD 183. Get into Med School 184. Pass the New York Bar 185. Get Certified as a Public Accountant 186. Get an MBA 187. Get Certified as a Financial Planner 188. Get into Harvard 189. Finish first in your class 190. Get into Juillard 191. Develop General Knowledge on Important Topics What celebrities would you like to meet? 192. Shake hands with Al Gore. 193. Meet Paris Hilton (or maybe party with Paris Hilton). 194. Meet David Beckham. 195. Meet Jennifer Lopez. 196. Meet the President of the United States. 197. Meet Hugh Hefner and the Girls Next Door (Holly, Bridget, and Kendra). 198. Meet Sofia Loren. 199. Meet Prince William (and/or Prince Harry). 200. Meet Donald Trump (and/or Ivanka Trump). 201. Meet Al Pacino. 202. Meet Brad Pitt (and/or Angelina Jolie) 203. Meet Martha Stewart Hit the Big Time! 204. Be interviewed on Oprah. 205. Be Time Magazine's Person of the Year. 206. Be interviewed by Larry King. 207. Be listed as one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" 208. Be on the cover of "Rolling Stone" Magazine 209. Have a street named after you. 210. Be one of CNN's Heroes (CNN's global search for everyday people changing the world). 211. Win a Nobel Prize 212. Receive a knighthood (or a damehood) from the Queen of England 213. Be elected to political office 214. Be inducted into a Hall of Fame 215. Be awarded a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame 216. Enter the Guinness Book of World Records What contributions would you like to make? 217. Make a difference in at least one person's life. 218. Build a Habitat for Humanity Home. 219. Join the Peace Corps. 220. Donate a million dollars to a charity of my choice (anonymously or not). 221. Make loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries through www.kiva.com. 222. Join a Big Brother, Big Sister Program. 223. Volunteer at a Homeless Shelter. 224. Donate blood. 225. Donate clothes you no longer use to a battered women's shelter. 226. Donate children's books to a hospital near your home. 227. Mentor someone at work. You Can Make A Difference in Just One Day 228. Go Green - bring reusable bags (canvas bags) to all markets and stores - unplug the toaster, the coffee maker, the stereo, the television, and so on from the wall when not in use (standby power, also called vampire power, refers to the electric power consumed by these appliances while they are switched off or in a standby mode) -- run the dishwasher only when it's full -- buy organic and /or local food -- grow potted herbs and tomatoes -- use cloth napkins most of the time -- use cloth dish towels (rather than paper towels) most of the time -- use napkins and paper towels that are from recycled material (when not using cloth) -- use toilet paper made from recycled material -- walk to destinations whenever possible -- drive less, make multi-purpose trips in car; drive using gas-saving tips -- write on both sides of paper -- conserve water -- use the washing machine with full loads and line dry most of the laundry -- buy energy star appliances (refrigerator, dishwasher, and so on) -- wash and reuse zip-loc bags -- switch from incandescent to compact fluorescent light bulbs -- according to a recent study, when compared to hand washing, the benefit of using a dishwasher it that it uses only half the energy, one-sixth of the water, and less soap, for similar results -- fix drippy faucets -- opt for quality over quantity in everything you buy -- cut down on clutter "A Publisher will be lucky to find me!" 229. Get your article published in a magazine. 230. Write and publish a book. For the uber ambitious: write a book that makes it to #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers List. 231. Make a documentary film. 232. Create an online art gallery of my art work. 233. Set up a comic art portfolio on Flickr. 234. Skills for men – Things Men Should Be Able to Do-Esquire’s 75 Skills Every Man Should Master http://www.esquire.com/features/essential-skills-0508 A man can be expert in nothing, but he must be practiced in many things. Skills. You don't have to master them all at once. You simply have to collect and develop a certain number of skills as the years tick by. 235. For Women: Check Off Every Skill on this List http://abundance-blog.marelisa-online.com/2008/05/15/75-skills-every-woman-shouldmaster-the-first-25/ Esquire Magazine's "75 Skills Every Man Should Master" is rather interesting, and I agree with the wisdom of men acquiring almost all of the skills listed therein. After searching for a similar list for women, and not finding any I particularly liked, I decided to create one and post it on my blog. After much deliberation, I came up with 75 skills I think would be useful for women to learn. "Consciously seek out experiences that expand your sense of who you are and what you are capable of." What would you like to audition for? 236. American idol 237. a role in a movie 238. a Broadway play 239. a sitcom 240. the Apprentice 241. to be an extra in a film 242. the lead part in your community theatre's next play 243. a commercial 244. a rock band The High Life 245. Shop at Harrods 246. Charter a yacht 247. Vacation at Martha's Vineyard 248. Spend a week at a 5-star spa 249. Shop in Rodeo Drive 250. Go to an auction at Christie's or Sotheby's 251. Have "High Tea" at the Plaza Hotel in New York, or perhaps at Fortnum & Mason in London 252. Own a Rolls Royce or an Aston Martin 253. Become an art collector 254. Gamble at Monte Carlo, Monaco 255. Drive a Lamborghini 256. Sleep in a castle 257. Become a Wine Connoisseur 258. Invent something (help make life easier for your fellow man). 259. Be an Artist of Life -Developing your creativity is one of the best things you can do to lead a more satisfying and fulfilling life. Fortunately, as most creativity experts hold - creativity is a process that can be learned, practiced, and perfected. How about the area of finances? 260. Become financially literate. 261. Create a financial strategy. 262. Invest in the stock market. 263. Create enough passive income so that I don't have to work another day in my life. 264. Become a millionaire. Don 265. Create a trust fund for my child. 266. Create a corporation to protect my assets. "Movies you'd like to see" go on a separate list. 267. Watch the 100 movies on my "100 movies I want to see list". 268. Watch the 10 Greatest American Movies of all Time 1. CITIZEN KANE 2. CASABLANCA 3. THE GODFATHER 4. GONE WITH THE WIND 5. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA 6. THE WIZARD OF OZ 7. THE GRADUATE 8. ON THE WATERFRONT 9. SCHINDLER'S LIST 10. SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (Ranked by the American Film Institute) What would you like to achieve in the area of love? 269. Find the love of my life. 270. Get married. 271. Go on that honeymoon that keeps getting postponed. 272. Have a child. 273. Raise a happy and healthy child. 274. Create a home with an inviting, joyous, comfortable, loving atmosphere. 275. Start my Own Business 276. Create a web site 277. Start a blog (have it get to the Technorati top 1000) 278. Create a YouTube video 279. Web achievements 101: Things to do before you die http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-98395622.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=Webware "101 Things to Do Before You Die" on YouTube Let's Not Forget the Animal Kingdom 280. Swim with dolphins 281. Go whale-watching 282. See a platypus 283. See a koala bear 284. Visit the San Diego Zoo 285. Go on safari 286. Save a species from extinction. 287. Become a vegetarian 288. Adopt a pet from the animal shelter. 289. Milk a cow 290. Join "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals" (PETA) 291. Ride a camel 292. See gorillas in the wild in Uganda 293. Mush a Dog Sled 294. Watch Turtles hatch and run for the ocean 295. Go bird watching in Panama. "A home can be a sanctuary, a place of healing and regeneration." 296. Build a Pond in Your Backyard 297. Grow Bonsai Trees 298. Grow Orchids Your Dwelling: Where would you like to live? 299. A ranch 300. A farmhouse 301. A penthouse on 5th Ave., New York 302. A house by the lake 303. A beach house 304. A house inspired by Japanese arquitecture 305. A Tuscan house 306. A Colonial House 307. A house with an inner courtyard 308. A house in the country 309. Create your perfect home environment A. A rose covered gazebo in the backyard. B. A fireplace. C. A meditation room D. A large kitchen with wooden floors E. A breakfast nook F. A sauna G. A home office H. A canopy bed I. A terrace J. A pool K. A well-stocked pantry. L. A guest bedroom. M. A skylight in the bedroom. N. A "great room" (living and dining room) with high ceilings and a grand piano. O. A wall mural in the hallway P. A scented linen closet. Q. A nursery. R. A library filled with leather-bound books. "I am convinced that a calm, quiet and harmonious interior can be as beneficial to health as a sensible diet and regular exercise." Be a spectator at . . . 310. The Olympics 311. The World Cup 312. The Scala of Milan 313. An Armani fashion show 341 days to go 314. A Madonna concert 315. Wimbledon 316. A Pussy Cat Dolls Concert 317. Carnegie Hall 318. A Broadway Play 319. The Super Bowl 320. a session of the US Supreme Court 321. the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race 322. TED Talks: an annual conference in California which brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes). 323. Become a squidoo lensmaster (maybe even a giant squid). For just one day you could… 324. Hide all the clocks in your house. 325. Tape a piece of paper over the TV screen with all of your ideas for new shows. 326. Spend the whole day reading magazines. 327. Drink the sunset. 328. Stop worrying. 329. Be ridiculous. 330. Get in the bathtub with candles and slices of mango and read a travel book; vicariously travel with the author. 331. Plant pots and pots of brightly colored flowers. 332. Celebrate Life Every Day There is more… 333. Visit the Wreckage of the Titanic Aboard a Submarine 334. Travel to the Moon With Virgin Galactic 335. Create a Photography Bucket List Does the Spiritual Ring a Bell for You? 336. Meet the Dalai Lama and/or the Pope 337. Visit Tibet 338. Spend a week at a Silent Retreat 339. Experience bliss 340. Find inner peace 341. Learn to forgive 342. Do all the lessons in "A Course in Miracles" 343. Attend a Native American Sweat Lodge Ceremony 344. Become a Reiki Master 345. Heal my past 346. Learn to live in the now 347. Take up yoga 348. Take up tai chi 349. Take up Qi Gong 350. Have a past life regression. 351. Learn to meditate 352. Become a Collector A. Coins B. Stamps C. Russian Nesting Dolls D. Sports Memorabilia E. Snowglobes F. Porcelain Dolls G. Action Figures H. Pez Dispensers I. Comic Books J. Matchboxes K. Chess Sets L. Mugs M. Americana N. Music Boxes O. A demitasse collection 353. Write a letter to each of my children telling them what I want them to know about me and life lessons based on my experience. Things To Do Before You Die For the Holidays 354. See the Radio City Christmas Spectacular 355. Be invited to the Playboy Mansion's annual Halloween Party 356. Go to a St. Patrick's Day Parade 357. Go to the White House Easter Egg Roll 358. Go to Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 359. Dare to Follow Your Dream The Last Lecture September 18, 2007 Randy Pausch stepped in front of an audience of 400 people at Carnegie Mellon University to deliver a last lecture called “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” http://www.thelastlecture.com/ 360. Take a 365-Day Challenge Challenge yourself to perform some activity every single day for 365 days straight. Ideas for the activities you could add to your 365-day challenge: A. Meditate for 20 minutes a day, every day. B. Write in my journal every day. C. Write down 5 things that I'm grateful for every day. D. Learn a new word every day. E. Read for 20 minutes every day. F. Do some sort of light exercise, like walking, for 20 minutes every day. G. Go without watching television for 365 days straight. H. Put a dollar away every single day for 365 days. At the end of the 365 days, invest the money in the stock market. Some Miscellaneous things You Might Consider Adding to Your List 361. Ask for forgiveness from all of the people I've hurt. 362. Adopt a child. 363. Every year from now on--on my birthday--I will plant a tree. 364. Send my parents on their dream vacation. 365. Take a year off and live in the woods. 366. Plant a herb garden. 367. Trace your ancestry. So what do you do when you've crossed off every item on your bucket list? 1. Celebrate 2. Then create another one. 10 Questions to Ask Yourself When Creating Your Bucket List: If you had a year left to live, what would you do? If you won the lottery, where would you go? What did you always want to do when you were a child? If you were lying on your deathbed, what would you most regret not having done? If you had an upcoming high school reunion, what would you like to be able to tell your former classmates that you've accomplished? What do you need to have more of in your life? Who do you admire? Why? You're sitting with your grandchildren on your lap telling them about your exploits. What stories are you telling them? You've died and are listening to your eulogy. What are your friends and loved ones saying about you? If a genie granted you three wishes, what would you ask for?