Friday, 28 September 2012

Bucket List, revised and updated

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Here's something to chew over for the weekend. My Significant Other and I have been creating our own Bucket Lists and lists of goals, as a way of determining our mutual priorities, goals and values. I believe it is almost inevitable that our individual Bucket Lists will grow or change over time, partly due to changes in our priorities, and partly due to the fact that some goals would have been achieved each year and could be taken off the list. So here's my Bucket List, revised and updated as of September 2012.

This is a two-way thing, so I would be gratified if you could share yours with me, either as a post, or as a comment to my post.


(i) Take my parents to see the Northern Lights, preferably in Stockholm.

(ii) Watch a match on Anfield's hallowed ground and visit the Beatles Museum in Liverpool.

(iii) Visit and/or volunteer at an animal shelter/nature sanctuary/ welfare home of every country I visit.

(iv) Volunteer at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre for at least a week.

(v) Earn my diving licence and do a coral reef dive cleanup.

(vi) Own a house and retrofit it into an energy and water efficient facility and grow my own organic/compost-grown fruits and vegetables at home.

(vii) Paraglide from Jugra Hill in Banting.

(viii) Attend and experience the Burning Man Festival.

(ix) Experience driving a real military armoured vehicle or tank.

(x) Earn my Masters degree.

(xi) Have a treehouse vacation.

(xii) Develop an induction and training programme for young and new volunteers at the SPCA and MNS.

(xiii) Learn and be conversant in international sign language.

(xiv) Climb to the peak of Mount Kinabalu.

(xv) Finish reading the Complete Works of Shakespeare.

(xvi) Become an early riser.

(xvi) Become a better and kinder listener.

(xvii) Be punctual at least 80% of the time.

(xviii) Have a piece of travel writing published in a book or esteemed publication.

(xix) Sample real truffle.

(xx) Save someone's life.

(xxi) Sample Bhoot Jolokia, the second hottest chili pepper in the world.

(xxii) Adopt a needy child, with no agenda other than to provide him/her with unconditional love and opportunities that he/she otherwise would not have.

(xxiii) Run a full marathon.

(xxiv) Create a medical trust fund for animal rescue groups in Malaysia that can be sustained even after my death.

(xxv) Donate whole blood at least 50 times in my lifetime.

(xxvi) Organise and coordinate an annual Turtle Volunteer Programme to enable others to volunteer.


Cat-from-Sydney said...

Only 25? Hmmm...what do I have in my bucket? Ooops...only Seb! har har har *evil laughs*

~CovertOperations78~ said...

You're the first visitor as usual, Brad & Co! How good of you to stop by! What is Sebastian doing in a bucket? I hope you're not planning to fill it up with water.

Pat said...

I used to have a Bucket List, but now, I can't remember all that was on it! Like you say, it gets revised over time: some items get bumped off because they've been achieved, or they're no longer interesting; and new items get tagged on.

I've always wanted to go on an Alaskan cruise. I remember telling our dear friend Louis about it, and he told me how he'd enjoyed that.
So out of this, I get to remember Louis, and for that, I say thank you. Mwah.

I think so many of the things on your list are achievable - so I can't wait till you actually get to do them, and tell us all about it!

~CovertOperations78~ said...

Funny you should think of Louis too, Pat. Was just talking to my Mum about Louis on Sunday. I had 2 trees planted for him and his beloved Elena, I wanted to go see the trees. Now he will always have roots in Malaysia, and he is giving food and shelter and shade to animals and people. An Alaskan Cruise sounds amazing and exciting. I don't take to low temperatures very well, but I suppose if I come prepared with thermal longs and everything, I will survive the trip! Let me know when you want to go, Aravind and I would like to join in, and then we can all look out for each other!

Pat said...

I WILL definitely tell you if - no, WHEN - I go! Chuan hates the cold, and has said he's not coming. So, if you two come, it will be perfect :)