Making a Bucket List - 130 Ideas For Enjoying Life...
Why Create A Bucket List?
Life is finite. Your imagination and what you can accomplish within that time is infinite. 2010/11 proved to me that with the right focus (and possibly a bottomless wallet), I could achieve any of the things on this page, so what's going to happen in 2013 and beyond? This Bucket List is more than a list of dreams, they are difinitive goals with time-frames, explanations on how I approach them, the results and (hopefully) inspiration for other 'Bucketeers!
When I think back to a time before I started this bucket list, it wasn't a case of luck not being on my side or being at the right place at the right time, or even just having enough disposable funds, there was one fundemental thing missing and putting all of these aims, dreams and targets on paper has allowed me to grasp that missing thing and it wasn't what I expected it to be. That one thing is simply MOTIVATION. Some people naturally have motivation, that "Get up and Go" attitude meaning they jump out of bed each morning, refreshed and excited, and ready to take on the world. These people are generally successful and above all, happy. You are the only person who will make you truly happy and if something is bothering you or getting you down, you must do something about it. Don't rely on other people to do it for you. Just make a change, it doesn't have to be huge, just something that acts as a catalyst and I guarantee that sequentially, other things will fall into place.
When was the last time you did something for the first time?
My catalyst was simply starting a Bucketlist, originally inspired by the movie of the same name (see below for a trailer) and taking active steps to turn the list items into photos and memories. Originally just a scribbled list on scrap paper, it allowed me to quantify my life and my achievements so far, and by regularly referring to it, means I always have a target to reach rooted in the back of my mind and I rarely have those uninspired "what do I do next?" moments.
A Bucktlist is, in essence, a list of things you want to do or experience in your lifetime. Ideally it will contain things that you wouldn't do in your average day on this dustball but by keeping an up-to-date list of your conquests, and referring to it every now and then, it is at the forefront of your mind and therefore more likely to influence your daily activities. A quick search of "Bucket Lists" on Google will generate hundreds of pages devoted to this topic, and many are really good. However, although people have made these lists, only a handful update theirs with comments or material describing completion of tasks. So this is where mine comes in. I will be documenting mine with pictures, the 'hows' and 'whys' etc.
This lens is not an original idea and is completely self-indulgent but it means something to me and if it inspires other people to do something similar... great - let me know how you get on!
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The Bucket List...
Life isn't about finding yourself. It's about creating yourself ~ George Bernard Shaw
Everyone needs something to live for, to aim for, to motivate them. Ok, so this isn't the most original list of goals, but I will strive to complete them all and document it all with photos, mementos etc. I know I will never fully complete the list as it continues to grow every time I watch a film, read a book, talk to a friend, or just get sloshed!
In no particular order...
1. Run a Marathon (London or New York)
2. Take a helicopter to the top of a mountain, jump out and snowboard down
3. Sky Dive/Parachute
4. Ride in a Hot Air Balloon
5. Bet Â£1000 on red or black on roulette and not care if I lose
6. Save a life
7. Try Sushi (08-01-2011)
8. Start my own business
9. Swim among the Great Barrier Reef
10. Have a child
11. Join the Mile High Club
12. Eat a meal in a really famous / expensive restaurant
13. Meet Tom Delonge (03-02-2011)
14. Drive coast to coast across America
15. See Blink 182 live (at least one more time) (29-08-2010)
16. Get a Tattoo (June 2009)
17. See the Pyramids & Sphinx
18. Help a complete stranger in trouble
19. Go to Dubrovnik in Croatia
20. See Stonehenge (July 2009)
21. See Niagara Falls or Victoria Falls
22. Walk some of the Great Wall of China
23. Do 100 Press-Ups in one go
24. See CERN in Switzerland (13-11-2010)
25. Ride a Gondola in Venice
26. See the Mona Lisa in the Louvre (28-05-2011)
27. Learn to ride a horse
28. Fly in a helicopter over New York
29. Bungee Jump (23-10-2010)
30. Swim with Dolphins or Sharks
31. Try Scuba Diving
32. Drive a race / sports car (6-10-2010)
33. See the Grand Canyon (5-10-2011)
34. Get Married
35. Watch a performance in the Sydney Opera House
36. Go to Disney World/Land (29-05-2011)
37. Go on a Cruise
38. Learn to Juggle (December 2009)
39. Be an Extra on a film/TV
40. Gamble in Las Vegas & Monte Carlo
41. Play guitar in front of an audience
42. Sip Champagne on a beach at sunset
43. Learn to Surf (June 2011)
44. Go to Amsterdam
45. See the Northern Lights
46.Go on Safari in Africa
47. Do a 360 / grind a rail on my snowboard
48. Sleep under the stars
49. Turn up at an airport, book a flight and go somewhere random
50. Meet the band (November 2009)
51. Build an Igloo (December 2009)
52. Go to the Warped Tour
53. Camp at a Music Festival (27/30-08-2010)
54. Obtain CBT / Motorbike license
55. Raise at least Â£1000 for charity
56. Pilot a plane / fighter jet
57. Climb Mt. Kilamanjaro
58. Climb the 3 Peaks (UK) in 24 hours
59. Get into Mensa
60. Flog something on eBay
61. Go to Edinborough Fringe festival
62. Learn some Magic tricks
63. Attend a major sporting event like the World Cup, Wimbledon etc.
64. Learn a foreign language
65. Be a member of the audience in a TV show
66. Learn to dance properly
67. Go to Washington DC and visit all the sights
68. Stay out all night clubbing and go to work the next day without going home
69. Drink beer at Oktoberfest in Munich
70. Shower in a waterfall
71. See the New Year in, in a major city
72. Experience weightlessness
73. Make a complete fool of myself
74. Go to the Rio carnival
75. Buy my own house
76. Get my body into shape (to be proud of)
77. Attend a really huge rock concert
78. Create my own website (June 2011)
79. Snowboard a double-black diamond run
80. Learn Blink 182's entire back catelogue on guitar
81. Get this Lens to the No. 1 spot in its category
82. Ride a cable car in San Fransico
83. Read "A Brief History of Time" by Stephen Hawkins
84. Become "Google Adwords" qualified
85. Become a full blown SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) Consultant/Executive (13/02/2012)
86. Learn about, and visit the 7 Wonders of the Modern World
87. Learn to play Golf
88. Learn to Wakeboard
89. Go to an all night rave
90. Travel through the Bermuda Triangle
91. Learn to make Sushi
92. Go to a red carpet premiere
93. Live in a major city
94. See Jason Mraz live
96. Learn how to solve a Rubick's Cube
97. See a shooting star/meteor shower
98. Learn to cook...well!
99. Have my 15 minutes of fame
100. See the Roman Baths in Bath, UK (17-10-2010)
101. Write a song
102. Ride in/fly a helicopter
103. Break a world record
104. Swim in every ocean in the world
105. Learn the Thriller dance routine
106. Watch a space shuttle launch
107. See a show at the West End (08-01-2011)
108. Do the highest bungee jumps in the world
109. Stay in the Burj Al Arab
110. Have 'Afternoon Tea' at the Ritz
111. Appear in a music video
112. Stand on the Equator
113. Visit every continent
114. Witness a solar eclipse
115. Win a competition/contest
116. Learn a martial art
117. Fly first class
118. See an active volcano
119. Have a go at playing the Bagpipes
120. Ride a mechanical bull
121. Make an important speech
122. Go dog-sledding
123. See the Christ statue in Rio De Janerio
124. See the 'Changing of the Guards' in London
125. See the Leaning Tower of Pisa
126. Go to Tokyo
127. Make a difference in somebody's life
128. See penguins in the wild
129. See the Macy's Day parade in New York
130. Help someone cross something off THEIR bucketlist
131. Do it on a Bouncy Castle
132. Snowboard in fancy dress
133. Road trip along the Great Ocean Road
134. Go Surfing / Snowboarding in a suit and tie
135. Go both surfing and snowboarding in the same day
136. Live like a celebrity
137. Stay in a lighthouse
..Feel free to give me some more ideas!
No. 26 - See the Mona Lisa in the Louvre
While in Paris in May I made sure I dragged my poor girlfriend to the Louvre Museum in order to see the Mona Lisa (among other things) - 10 euros for over 25's and free for under 25's - What a bargain! The building itself is spectacular, particularly at night, and in the centre is a massive glass pyramid (incidentally is the entrance) flanked by two smaller ones. Unfortunately after being wowed by the exterior, the exhibits and artefacts were an anticlimax. Don't get me wrong, some were pretty impressive including the HUGE "The Wedding at Cana" painting by Paolo Veronese (directly opposite the Mona Lisa) which is over 9x6m! That really is a work of art. The Mona Lisa however, is this tiny little portrait behind thick glass which is behind a big wooden barrier which is behind a big crowd of tourists, all barging, pushing and trying to take photos of something you could just download off the internet. Still, it had to be done!
No. 78 - Create my own Website
Bitten by the sales commission bug...
www.gas-charcoal-barbecues.co.uk is now up and running though has suffered in recent weeks from a lack of time devoted to it because of so much other stuff going on! However, although it has gone through a series of mini-changes, it is the content which takes up most of the time. Luckily it is nearing a satisfactory level which is why I have left it on auto-pilot for the last few weeks.
Anyway, If you are thinking of setting up your own website whether for business or pleasure here are a few tips and suggestions to help you...
No 36. Go to DisneyLand
The happiest place on Earth...apparently!
Disneyland! Where do I start? So on the back of a highly successful romantic trip to Paris with the girlfriend we decided to incorporate a trip to DisneyLand just under an hour's train ride outside the city. The moment you enter, you are hit by the scale and garishness of it all but that is quickly evaporated by the sheer size of the crowds moving from ride to ride and the rediculously long lines. Thankfully the queue-jump system they have in place at least means you can get on a few of your chosen rides during the day.
Kids will, and evidently do, love this place and all the rides and attractions are geared towards them. I think most adults would have reservations about going a second time after the carnage of a debut trip but I understand the Disney Studios (another themepark next door) is more enticing for older people. Still, Kate loved it so mission accomplished!
No. 43 - Learn To Surf
Web? Easy. Water...not so much!
So as of May 2010 I had my first couple of goes at surfing. It was amazingly cold and I seemed to have the no-so-water-tight Wet Suit! Frostbitten feet, paralysing cramp and a faceplant into the beach is not enough to keep me from practising so bring on the next surfing trip! I will not give up...
Almost exactly a year later and I can write about my second attempt at surfing and I can gleefully say I can do it! Standing up and everything (as you can see from the cheeky pose!). We went to Newquay in Cornwall for a long weekend and I managed to pick it up in around 4 hours in total.
A couple of tips for you if you are planning to do the same; go in summer months as the British sea is rediculously cold. Opt for "wetsuit shoes" even if you have to pay that little bit more unless you are not very emotionally attached to your feet. Do not stand in the middle of the board as advised by the instructor, stand a little bit back else you WILL plant yourself face first in the sea bed. Hit the waves just before they are about to break otherwise you will run out of steam and find yourself going nowhere - like riding a bike it is easier to balance if you have some momentum.
No. 13 - Meet Tom Delonge
They say you should never meet your idols for fear of disappointment. I guess for me this was half true...
By now you may know that my favourite band is Blink 182 consisting of the members Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker and Tom Delonge. I have grown up listening to these guys for I-don't-know-how-long and was devestated when in 2005 they broke up (as of the 2009 Grammys they have got back together!). The guys formed other bands - Mark and Travis forming +44 and Tom Delonge forming Angels and Airwaves. In Feb 3rd 2011 I managed to get VIP tickets to see Angels and Airwaves play which included access to the stage during soundcheck and the chance to meet them afterwards - this I was not gonna pass up!
The sound check was great. I was literally inches from them the whole time, I got to see what happens during the preparation stage and pinched a guitar plectrum in the process (hehe). Afterwards we we led to the floor area and made to stand in a line whilst posters and cds etc were handed out and we patiently waited for them to come out. Matt Wachter (the bassist) was first out and turned out to be one of the nicest, softest spoken and humbled rock star I have ever come across! A really lovely guy. Next was David Kennedy (lead guitarist) who was very easy to chat to about their upcoming movie 'LOVE' and various other things and we were stood chatting for about 5mins holding up the line during which Tom caught up and quickly scribbled his autograph on the memorabilia I shoved in front of him. I desparately tried to get a conversation going but he only hung around for about 30secs before he was onto the next set of fans. Quickly after, I got to meet Atom Willard who was nice enough and joked around with us.
The whole thing was quite a blur but I was determined to get as much out of the experience as I could and not shy away from talking to them like I usually do when i'm starstruck! I was great meeting Tom and the rest of the band and I understand they have their own commitments but it would have been nice if he looked like he wanted to be there. Oh well...ya never know, I might meet him again some day!
No. 7 - Try Sushi
The art of raw fish, carbs and little coloured bowls!
I don't like prawns. I don't like seaweed. I don't like hot spices. What the hell was I thinking??
Actually it turned out to be awesome. We went to Yo Sushi! near Trafalgar Square in London and there is so much on the menu, its easy to find something you'll eat. As it was, I tried all sorts and was happy with my multicoloured stack of bowls. It was fun watching the chefs prepare it. It was funny watching people miss their dish and have to chase the conveyor-belt for it. It was hilarious watching my girlfriend fight with her chopsticks. Can't wait to do this again soon. I could definitely get used to it!
"There's more to living than being alive" ~ Anberlin
No. 107 - See A West End Show
Upon entering the Queen's Theatre in London, I was hugely underwhelmed at the size of the stage. I had a picture in my head but this looked like something that hosted amateur dramatics! I was flicking through the programme trying to get an understanding of the story I was about to see on stage and suddenly the live orchestra exploded from nowhere (I guess it was a little naïve of me to think that the music would be from a recording!!).
I had spoken to so many people about Les Miz who could not help but "big-up" how great this musical was and heard stories of people who had seen the production 50+ times so I guess I was going into it with unbeatably high expectations and by the interval I wasn't 100% convinced. However, by the end you are so connected and enchanted by the characters and the songs, you can't help but shed a tear, laugh, and applaud in all the right places. I can't say I will be singing along to the CD
in my car or queueing up for my 50th show but I do highly recommend it to those who have enjoyed muscals before and equally to those that have never given it a go!
No. 99 - Have My 15mins of Fame
...ok, so maybe 3 seconds of fame! - 14mins, 57secs to go!
Back in October (2010) Aviva ran a campaign that allowed people to submit photos of themselves, family, friends etc with the objective to project these images onto famous buildings in cities around the world including London, Mumbai, Singapore, Paris and many more.
My photo was selected to be projected on 20th October 2010 at 8.36pm onto the National Theater in London!
Read more about the campaign here: You Are The Big Picture
No. 24 - See CERN in Switzerland
So this weekend (15-11-2010) I got the chance to go to Switzerland, Geneva to be precise, and as part of it, to see CERN. This is basically (for me at least) the technical 'Mecca' of the world. It is where the Tim Berners-Lee invented a little thing called the internet, where Stephen Hawkin rides around in his motorised wheelchair and probably most notably where the end of the world will start *Cough* I mean where the LHC (Large Hardon Collider) is housed. So basically somewhere that really interests me.
My friend 'Dr Dan' is currently in the tail-end of his year of study/work there and was able to put us up, show us around & explain everything (to his credit, we couldn't have asked for a better guide - he really knows his stuff and more importantly made it interesting for those of the group who were less...interested). As with most things on this list it seems, it was nothing as I expected. Gone were the 40ft flat screens, nuclear missile paperweights, and KGB guards et al. With the exception of the main control centre and visitor's centre, the facility resembled an under-budget school with rows of empty offices (well it was Saturday), and a distinct lack of old bearded men in white coats.
Still, it was well worth the visit and my head was bursting with physics buzzwords and newly acquired knowledge by the end. And Geneva isn't exactly a dump either! Well worth the trip.
No. 29 - Do a Bungee Jump
Wowzers that was FUN! I really wanted to do another straight after but I guess there will be plenty more opportunities in the future! So how was it I hear you ask? It was 5pm on a wintery yet sunny saturday and I was 300ft above a lake on the very edge of a suspended cage with my toes overhanging and I was thinking to myself;
"This could go so wrong and it would have been my decision to jump! How should I do it? Should I pose?"
"This could be the last time I see the world, people ...anything!...I hope the photos look good..."
"Its bloody cold up here!"
...and then I did it. I don't think I made a conscious decision to do it, my body just jumped for me. I couldn't really concentrate on looking around and enjoing the scenery or the experience, I had to make sure I was falling head first so my body doesn't snap back when I reach the end of the rope. The most bizaar feeling was when you reach the peak height when bouncing back and it all feels like slow-motion, you are suspended mid-air not gaining or losing height, just sitting there as if floating...then you hurtle back to the ground again!
A perfect start to saturday evening! I didn't have the shakes beforehand but when back on solid ground I felt like I was on vibrate with all the adrenaline coursing through my body! The thing that gave me the most confidence and solace was the fact that a 60+ year old lady did hers without even batting an eyelid!
My next trick will be to do the 5 highest jumps in the world!
No. 100 - See the Roman Baths in Bath, UK
When in Rome...
Before visiting Bath, I thought the Roman Baths would be these beautifully preserved (and probably renovated/updated) clear baths that the general public could jump in and have a little swim in the warm waters. Peering at them through the window of a restaurant situated next door I saw something that resembled the algae-covered pond at the bottom of our garden so I was a bit disappointed at that point. What I was looking at though, was just one of the thermal baths (albeit the Emperor's private facility) and the site is about much more than just an ancient swimming pool.
You are lead through a museum of artifacts, excavations and ruins with different stories and facts peppering your walk. It culminates at the main Bath where the sick and injured Romans would come to sooth their ailments as the bath was regarded as a magical heeling facility from the gods. More spectacular than my initial sighting and further enhanced by the sun shining brightly on one side of the pool, I left more knowledgeable and with my awe rekindled.
With a need to soothe my own ailments we trotted over to the Thermae Bath Spa for an awesome evening swimming in the rooftop pool, watching the sun set. Aww how romantic...
"What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it" ~ Hugh Mulligan
No. 96 - Learn how to solve a Rubix Cube
Left a turn, no twizzell that bit, no you've gone too far, bring it back and turn that side...ARRRGH!!
It is the 29th September 2010 and I am currently experiencing frustration beyond belief (and I think someone has torn a hole in the universe as I have just lost a couple hours of my life!). Still, impossibly fun (geek) and I WILL SOLVE IT!...
One month later and although I haven't put in as much practise as I should have by now, I can comfortably complete one (any) side but as soon as I try to solve more I mess up the first side! GRRR...
Tick "Solve A Rubik's Cube" off your list!
Introduction to 'cubing?
This is the exact same one I have...
4x4x4?? Ok, this one's for the smart-alec's that find the original "too easy"
5x5x5???? This is getting rediculous now...
No. 15 - See Blink 182 live at least one more time
When Blink announced that their "indefinate hiatus" was over and they were back making music together, I was going to anything to see them play live again. Following several comeback gigs in America, rumours started to fly about them playing the Reading/Leeds festivals this year (2010) and nothing was going to stop me getting tickets! so serveral months on and I am back from the Reading festival where blink headlined and and showed the crowd that they are just getting better and better. A very emotional set for those UK fans who have followed them since before they broke up, myself included, with many good memories scored into our brains.
In tribute to the band we even walked around dressed as bananas with blink 182 signs (as you can see from the photo accompanied by more blink fans!) - Pure dedication!
No. 80 - Learn Blink 182's Entire Back Catalogue on Guitar
My own personal tribute to the greatest band on the planet!
Guitar tabs supplied by Ultimate-Guitar.com and Official TAB books
Album: Dude Ranch
Album: Enema Of The State
What's My Age Again
All The Small Things
Anthem (Part 2)
Stay Together For The Kids
Official Blink 182 Guitar Tabliture - Contains guitar music and lyrics in an easy-to-understand format
"It is not length of life, but depth of life" ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
No. 32 - Drive a Race / Sports Car
For me, no current sports car can beat the Audi R8 in terms of looks and ability, which is why I have chosen this to be the car I complete this task in. As I am still waiting to win the Lottery, and none of my friends or immediate family own one, I have had to buy one of those "Red Letter" experience days.
O, M to the effing G! The car didn't let me down but my sense of bravery did! The first couple of laps I felt like I was setting the track on fire but in actual fact I was only going about 70mph. Considering I opted out of the excess waiver (If any damage was inflicted to this beautiful car I would liable for a bill of Â£2000!) I was terrified of coming off the track at every bend...the initial safety breifing did nothing to alleviate my nerves either!
By the last lap I was tearing round as if my surname was Hamilton and I ended up with a score of 37/40 which the instructor-fella said was rather good so I left mighty chuffed! I still maintain my belief that the Audi R8 is the greatest super car in production today...and I must have one!
The interior was absolutely lush with black and chrome dials complimented by red backlit details. I was however, surprised with how small the car is when you are standing next to it and little things like the accellerator protruding through the floor and the gear shift having to be fed through a maze of metal when changing gear but nothing I wouldn't be able to get used to i'm sure!
No. 59 - Get into MENSA
Brainiac in training...
I have already taken a MENSA test once before purely because I was curious as to how smart I was. Turns out...not bad actually! Not at a standard to have Carol Vordaman roll out the red carpet for me just yet but who knows? The test is taken in two halves, with each testing certain aspects of your ability. My scores were as follows:
Cattell B scale: 136 (Top 6% of population, 148 needed to gain entry to MENSA)
Culture Fair scale :124 (Top 7% of population, 132 needed to gain entry to MENSA)
To put this in perspective, the UK national average is around 100. On the Cattell B test, an adult cannot score more than 161.
You can take tests online, even MENSA do one but I suspect the scores are inflated to encourage you to pay to take the official test. My score was much better on the home practise test which certainly did the trick in persuading me to fork out and book an official one!
No. 53 - Camp at a Music Festival
Reading Festival 2010 here I come!...
Tickets - Booked
Tent & Wellies - Bought
Excitement Factor - Through the Roof
Entourage - 8 of my best mates
Blink 182 are headlining Sunday 29th August! If I die on Monday 30th, I will die with a grin!
The Reading Festival was crazy - 72 hours of watching my favourite bands and discovering new bands, beer, camping and having a laugh with some of my best mates around the campfire, talking nonsense for half an hour with random people you'll never see again, getting battered in the mosh pits and of course, dressing up as bananas (don't ask!).
Great fun, so much so that I now aim to try all the major festivals in the UK which include Glasonbury, Leeds, T in the Park, Oxegen, Isle of White Festival, Sonisphere, Global Gathering, Creamfields and loads others.
No. 50 - Meet the Band
Three bands and counting...
Why "meet THE band"? Weeeeell, "Meet A Band" sounded a bit lame and more importantly, I fully intend to meet LOTS of bands within my time on this dustball. The bands (or at least, members of the bands) i have met are listed below. In most cases I have been lucky enough to get photos / something signed by them as a momento. These people must think I'm an idiot with the kinda crap that comes out of my mouth in a poor attempt to make conversation!
The first band I ever met and was slightly obsessed with at this point. I am so glad I got to see them on their last trip to the UK before they split up. They were supporting You Me At Six (another one of my favourite bands - although I didn't really know their music at the time) at RoadMender in Northampton which is great as it is such an intimate venue.
I think I was one of about 3 people in the audience that night who knew who the band were - let alone their lyrics - and was singing along and jumping around to all their songs during their set. The lead singer, Tom Keiger, kept smiling and pointing out to me which just gave me even more energy! After the gig some of the guys were at the bar so was able to freely speak to them and get photos while YM@6 were playing. And to top it all off, later on he playfully jabbed me in the ribs when he spotted me in the crowd...needless to say "bestfreind status" was acquired haha!
A month after meeting Houston Calls and still sailing on that high I managed to meet the lead singer of Anberlin (special thanks to my sister for this one!). Again the support act, me and my mates had gone to Loughborough Uni Student Union (where my sister studies/drinks) and watched an amazing set, screaming the words back at the band. With several beers sloshing round our stomachs we decided to base ourselves at the back while the main act, Elliot Minor were on and sink a couple more.
When a song came on I recognised I went off with a couple others to watch from the back of the crowd. As typically is Sod's Law, Stephen Christian (Anberlin lead singer) walked past the sofas where i'd currently been sat just minutes before. My eagle eyed sister spotted him and frantically rang my phone over and over until I picked up and shouted down the line "COME BACK NOW!!!" A little worried (but mostly giggling at her attempt at authority) I wondered back to where we were sitting to find her hysterically pointing to the back of a familiar looking man posing for a photo. Without thinking I ran to the sound booth and in my drunken state started bartering for any momento I could get my hands on, then to the bar for a pen. Several nervous minutes later I was the proud owner of a signed Bands Roster, a couple of embarrassing photos and a bunch of jealous friends.
To cap it off, in the club room next door after the gig, Elliot Minor walked in and me and my friend Carlo got to chat with them at the bar, buy them a round, and get a few pics...all in all, a good night's work!
Kids in Glass Houses
Meeting Kids in Glass Houses was kinda planned - they were doing a signing session before a gig in Nottingham and we were chuffed to bits to have our 5 seconds with each member as we were swiftly escorted through each member for an autograph and then back out the door like on a production line. Its not the band's fault its just the way these things are and i'm sure if the band had their way, they would be happy to chat for a little longer (...or at least that's how I like to think of things in my head!...also I have the conversartional skills of Stephen Fry, Jeremy Clarkson and Russell Brand all rolled into one and dusted off with a sprinkling of Christmas jollyness).
The gig was amazing, we come out pouring with sweat and trundle off to the hotel which happens to be within 30 seconds walking distance (nicely done) and get ready to go out that night in the fair city of Nottingham. Looking all dapper and smelling of roses we head out the hotel, thirsty for our next drink and what should we see? A couple of members of Kids in Glass Houses are out the back in the car park signing autographs and posing for pics with hardcore fans! Drinks can wait! This time round we get to talk to them, have our tickets signed (its all we had on us) and get a few pics. Then we walk into town all smug :)
"Say yes to everything, it always leads to something good" ~ Jim Carey (Yes Man)
No. 51 - Build an Igloo
Who knew pack-lunch boxes were so universal?...
It took like 3 hours to build so if I was caught in a blizzard.....well i'd be screwed! But still, I was mega proud of it and it was big enough to swing a small to mid-sized cat. I know the eskimo chaps tend to cut ice blocks from the ground but I had no saw nor thick ice to work with so I did what every self-respecting, albeit rookie, igloo builder does and packed snow into lunch boxes (much like building sand castles) and filled in the gaps to create one air-tight (if you disregard the gaping hole masquerading as a door) shiny igloo. Job done!
No. 38 - Learn to Juggle
3 balls so far...
One day I saw some juggling balls in a shop and picked them up thinking "this juggling lark can't be that hard...". 3 balls on the floor, 2 scared customers and 1 not-so-impressed shop keeper later, I figured that it may take more that 30 seconds of practice to master so I bought them and BHAM! Just like that...two and a half months later...I can juggle with two or three balls. Now where did I put those flaming batons...
No. 20 - See Stonehenge
It's only 3 hours away from me and its taken me this long!
Well, I kinda saw it! It was closed by the time we got there (we had been at the beach all day and lost track of time!) but you can still see it from the roadside and that's good enough for me!
Like New York it is really awe-inspiring seeing it for real (it just looks like a bunch of happy rocks in pictures) so I'm glad I did that one.
No. 16 - Get a Tattoo
Yay! Ouch! Yay!
I've wanted a tattoo since my mid teens but a) didn't know what, and b) "...I'm Scared!"
In Feb of 2009 I broke up with my girlfriend (we're back together! Put those tears away!) and figured I was experiencing as much pain as was ever going to so why not? Two nauseating hours later (I kept having to get him to stop! Nice fella) I was out and on a natural high!
Has anyone ever egged you on to get one? "Oh it doesn't hurt at all blah blah blah..." yea, they're lying! haha.
Oh, and if you're wondering what I got, I got Anberlin lyrics going up the left of my spine saying "Hands, like secrets, are the hardest thing to keep from you"...very me!
Even more inspiration for those inspired by this list
I wish I wrote this book...
Erm, ...one for the adults! Looks fun though...
The Bucket List Movie Trailer & Soundtrack Video
Inspired By... - The Bucket List (The Movie)
One of my favourite movies ever, I strongly recommend you watch this when you get a chance. Basically the plot involves two unlikely friends meeting in the hospital just after both have been given a limited time to live. A simple, yet honorable man, played by Morgan Freeman starts writing a Bucket List purely as an enlightening exercise in order to pass the time in his hospital bed. His hospital room-mate just happens to be the millionnaire owner that that very hospital as well as several others, played by Jack Nicholson. Upon getting hold of the Bucket List, Nickolson persuades Freeman join him spending their last months on earth completing the list.
This comical tear-jerker follows these two as their friendship builds whilst travelling the world and really inspires the viewer to start their own adventure. I would definitely recommend this film to anyone with an open mind to living life. Watch the trailer below
Quotes to live by...
"Life starts at the edge of your comfort zone"
(~ Neale Donald Walsch)
"The less you bet, the more you lose when you win"
(~ Jared Leto)
"Life isn't about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself"
(~ George Bernard Shaw)
Things I have already completed
Prior to devising this bucketlist, I had actually completed some things that most would include in theirs. It would be pointless (and in some cases, difficult) put these into my list and try to complete them again so in order to preserve their memory I have listed them below.
1. Obtain my Driving License
2. Visit New York (see the Statue of Liberty, climb the Empire State Building, see the New Year in a famous city, etc.)
3. Graduate University
4. Learn to Snowboard
5. Go to a gig
6. Learn the guitar
7. Go to Dublin
8. Go on the London Eye
9. Go to Paris (& climb the Eiffel Tower)
Motivation Books on Amazon.com
Bust out of your self-imposed comfort zones, break down barriers and achieve everything you want in life. Short and long term success can easily be achieved if you set your mind to something and just put in a little extra effort. The sense of achievement can be very empowering and addictive and before you know it, you will be living the life you want and having the best time enjoying the journey towards it.
You are never to old to change tomorrow, next week or next year. One day at a time. These books could help...
The barrier stopping us reaching our full potential and achieving the un-achievable!
I hope some of you will be able to relate to the following in your own ways. Think of what we, as a society could achieve if our comfort zones had time limits!
The underlying reason for all of this was that fact that I was perhaps too comfortable in my comfort zone. Friends and other people I knew were making something of their lives. I had finished university, and was working in an admin based job just waiting for someone to spring out and hand me the first stepping stone to my dream career. It wasn't going to happen, and time made me realise that. This was around February 2009.
Now at this point I want to stress that I was by no means living a poor unfulfilled life. I had my youth, a university degree, a gorgeous girlfriend, family around me, a bunch of great friends from secondary school, university and various jobs, a driving licence and a job - more than a lot of people have, I realise. But selfishly I still wanted more - I wanted to make something of myself, I wanted to be the most interesting person at the party, I wanted financial freedom, my own home. None of which I yet have but am a hell of a lot closer to than before!
So rewind to early 2009, I was living with my girlfriend's parents* after a money-draining stint renting a nice flat with her, and was working in a dull, unfulfilling job in the admin centre of a large national banking organisation. I was in a comfort zone. I was earning enough to survive and therefore no urgency to find another job. I was settled in a warm loving home with nice people around me so no urgency to move. My work colleagues were pleasant and I had my girlfriend, Kate around me. Then something inside me jolted me awake from months of lethargical timewasting and made me realise "This is not where I want to be and not what I want to be doing right now". I don't know what set it off but that was it. I couldn't think of anything else besides changing everything about myself. The comfort zone had to be broken...no smashed into a million pieces, never to be re-pieced together.
I guess it was the equivelent of a mid-life crisis (god help me when I reach that stage!) but I quit my job & moved back home. What followed was a succession of small changes to myself physically and my lifestyle - each with its own good reason. Because of that, I am now in a totally different comfort zone but with a totally different mind set. I am happy. I am sure that once this chapter of my life becomes stagnent and stale I will do something else to turn it upside down, but until then, I have my bucket list to keep me occupied. Self improvement is a big deal for me. I am not happy when I am not bettering myself.
If changing my comfort zone was the reason for starting my bucket list, self-improvement is the reason behind pursuing it to the end.
* The nicest and most accommodating people I have the pleasure of knowing.
No. 85 - Become a Full-Blown SEO Consultant
Living the dream...
So yesterday (01/02/2012) I went for an introductory day to Reload Digital's UK offices in London's Regent Street (two door's down from the famous Hamley's toy shop!) in preparation for my new official role as an SEO consultant! Although, a personal interest and hobby, as well as something I can indulge in both at work and in my spare time through personal projects, I have now officially taken the first step towards SEO Rockstar!
I am now responsible for the performance of around 10 separate projects and this list is likely to grow in a short space of time (scary!...but exciting!). This will really test my skills, now I'm off to swot up...
"Shoot for the stars, the worst you can do is land on a cloud..."
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