Almost everyone has heard of a ‘bucket list’, but have you ever actually put one together? We did. About 20 years ago we sat on our big living room sectional and made a list of about 120 things we wanted to do.
I was surprised that we could come up with that many experiences. We were just a few years from 40 years old at that point and I recall thinking that we better be getting after 3-4 things a year, or we wouldn’t really be living the life we said we aspired too.
There was a lot of travel in our list, even though we had rarely traveled outside the US. From the Eiffel Tower, to the Great Wall of China, to Ancient Rome, to Electric Tokyo – there was a lot we wanted to see. These were very ambitious ideas for a couple that didn’t even have a passport!
Still, over the years we’ve been blessed to see all of those places and so many more. We’ve also gone to Old Town Jerusalem, hiked around the Pyramids of Giza, explored the canals of Venice, drank whisky in the Scottish Highlands, toured Russian palaces in St Petersburg, rode burrows to the top of Ancient Petra, and partied in Munich for Oktoberfest. No doubt our travels were kicked into high-gear by early retirement in 2016, despite the pandemic.
We still have about 30 of our original bucket list ideas to cover off, including many in the USA. We’re on a road-trip right now and this summer we will check-off Frank Lloyd Wright’s works in Oak Park IL, stay at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, scale the Gateway Arch in St Louis, and reach my 30th MLB Ballpark.
The list still has a lot of interesting adventures for us in the future. We’ll still be looking forward to going to the Olympic Games (LA28?), going on an African safari, visiting Australia/New Zealand, relaxing in the Greek Islands, and hopefully reaching icy Antarctica. The world is a BIG place, but we are still living on a few more years of ‘borrowed time’ from the careers we early retired from 6 years ago.
Do you have a bucket list? How are you doing with it? What’s up in 2022?
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