My Bucket List

I’ve always had impulsive ideas for things I want to do with my life, but I’ve decided to construct a bucket list of these impulses and store them by as targets to achieve in the long term. I’m culminating these here as a way of tracking what I have completed. This list is not complete yet: throughout the course of 2015, I will be coming up with more (small) targets to add to the list, and hopefully by the end of the year the list will be complete.

Everything in green has been completed

 

My Bucket List

Travel-Related

  • To visit all of the cities on my ‘Top 20 Cities To-Visit’ list –

Amsterdam; Athens; BarcelonaBeijing; Cologne; Dubai; Edinburgh; Helsinki; Las Vegas; Madrid; Melbourne; Monte Carlo; New York City; Paris; Prague; Rome; Sao Paulo; Sydney; Tokyo; Toronto

  • To visit all of the places on my ‘Top 10 Landmarks To-Visit’ list –

Christ the Redeemer; The Colosseum; Eiffel Tower; Empire State Building; Great Wall of China; Icelandic Glaciers; Leaning Tower of Pisa; Statue of Liberty; Sydney Opera House; Taj Mahal

  • Go to the Olympic Games in three different locations (achieved: 1 – London 2012)

Sports-Related

  • To watch Formula One Grands Prix at Silverstone, Spa, Monza, Interlagos and Circuit de Monaco
  • To watch a tennis game at Wimbledon
  • To see a football match at Wembley Stadium and Old Trafford.

Events-Related

  • To attend five different concerts (achieved: 1 – Little Mix at the O2 Arena)
  • To go to Reading and Glastonbury festivals
  • To go to BookExpo America

Lifetime Aspirations

  • Have a book published
  • Learn to drive and own a car
  • Go to university
  • Get a degree in English
  • Have a stable job that I enjoy
  • Get Married
  • Go on a road trip across America
  • Own a dog and a cat

Miscellaneous Goals

  • Throw a dart at a map and travel to where it lands
  • Add a padlock to a ‘love lock bridge’
  • Walk a marathon to raise money for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
  • Ride in a helicopter
  • Do voluntary work
  • Go to both the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando and the Warner Bros.  Harry Potter Studio Tour in Leavesden
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2 thoughts on “My Bucket List

  1. Emma, you have a great bucket list! Everything on here is accomplishable. I couldn’t stop smiling because I’ve done quite a few of these myself! May I comment on a few of your picks?

    – Icelandic glaciers. Amazing. Hike up one if you have the chance, it’s unlike anything else you’ll do in your lifetime.

    – USA road trip. I’ve done it twice (once in each direction) and it’s totally worth the numb bum. Random, off-the-map things one encounters are often more memorable than the big tourist attractions. This trip is also a great place for that…

    – Helicopter ride. Going through the Grand Canyon in a helicopter is spectacular! Spend the extra few bucks to sit up front with the pilot, you’ll get a much better view.

    – Go to university? Definitely. I read your recent post about looking at colleges. One thing I discovered is that the school you choose is not nearly as important as how much you invest in the educational opportunities there. One can flourish or flunk at any school depending on whether one wants to actually learn, or simply spend four years staring at textbooks through a hangover haze. Also, writing is absolutely critical at university, so from what I’ve read on your blog, you’ll do well anywhere!

    – English degree. Having earned one myself, I can’t discourage a fellow word lover from this dying discipline! But I’ve discovered it’s not always conducive to that “stable paying job [you] enjoy”. If you want to enter academia, an English degree is great. If you simply want to write and publish books, trust me–you can learn about and succeed in that without professors telling you how to do it. It may serve your interests to get a degree in something you find interesting that has decent job prospects, so you can subsidize your writing with steady employment. Still, nothing satisfied me intellectually like English, or taught me as much about critical thinking and analysis, skills which proved valuable in every job I’ve held. No matter what you do for a living, you’ll need to think and communicate well, and studying English will prepare you for that better than most other disciplines.

    -Publish a book. If I did it, you certainly can. Keep writing and you’ll get there. I can’t wait to read your debut novel. 🙂

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    1. Aw, thank you!
      My friend and I have already started thinking about possibilities for a US road trip – the Grand Canyon is definitely on the to-do list – but as she is taking a gap year and I am not (and we are both broke!), we might have to put that on hold for another few years.

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