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Making a Bucket List - 130 Ideas For Enjoying Life...

Updated on July 9, 2013

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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Bucket-List
Bucket-List

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 £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 £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

95. Buy a classic VW Campervan and use it to visit random places in the UK

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!

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Bucketlist-See-The-Mona-Lisa

No. 26 - See the Mona Lisa in the Louvre

Epically Disappointing

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!

Bucketlist-Create-My-Own-Website
Bucketlist-Create-My-Own-Website

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...

COMING SOON

Bucketlist-Go-To-Disney-Land
Bucketlist-Go-To-Disney-Land

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!

Bucketlist-Learn-To-Surf
Bucketlist-Learn-To-Surf

No. 43 - Learn To Surf

Web? Easy. Water...not so much!

26-06-2010

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...

24-06-2011

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.

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Bucketlist-Meet-Tom-Delonge

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!

Bucketlist-Try-Sushi
Bucketlist-Try-Sushi

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

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Bucket-List-See-A-West-End-Show

No. 107 - See A West End Show

Les Miserables!

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!

Bucketlist-Be-Famous
Bucketlist-Be-Famous

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

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Bucketlist-See-CERN-In-Switzerland

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.

Bucketlist-Do-A-Bungee-Jump
Bucketlist-Do-A-Bungee-Jump

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?"

THREE!!

"This could be the last time I see the world, people ...anything!...I hope the photos look good..."

TWO!!

"Its bloody cold up here!"

ONE!!

...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!

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Bucketlist-See-The-Roman-Baths-In-Bath

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

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Bucketlist-Learn-To-Solve-A-Rubicks-Cube

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!

Rubik's Cube (Discontinued by manufacturer)
Rubik's Cube (Discontinued by manufacturer)

This is the exact same one I have...

 
Rubik's Cube 4x4
Rubik's Cube 4x4

4x4x4?? Ok, this one's for the smart-alec's that find the original "too easy"

 
Rubik's 5X5 Cube
Rubik's 5X5 Cube

5x5x5???? This is getting rediculous now...

 
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Bucketlist-See-Blink-182-Live-Reading-Festival

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!

Bucketlist-Learn-To-Play-Guitar
Bucketlist-Learn-To-Play-Guitar

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

None Yet!

Album: Enema Of The State

What's My Age Again

Adam's Song

All The Small Things

Album: Take Off Your Pants And Jacket

Anthem (Part 2)

Stay Together For The Kids

Blink 182

Always

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

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Bucketlist-Drive-A-Sports-Car

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 £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!

My MENSA Results
My MENSA Results

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!

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Bucketlist-Go-To-A-Music-Festival

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

21-08-2010

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.

Bucketlist-Meet-Kids-In-Glass-Houses
Bucketlist-Meet-Kids-In-Glass-Houses

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!

Houston Calls

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!

Anberlin

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)

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Bucketlist-Build-An-Igloo

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!

Me, Juggling. Who'da thunk?
Me, Juggling. Who'da thunk?

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...

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Bucketlist-See-Stonehenge

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.

Bucketlist-Get-A-Tattoo
Bucketlist-Get-A-Tattoo

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

Living the Bucket List Lifestyle
Living the Bucket List Lifestyle

I wish I wrote this book...

 
The Naughty Bucket List: 369 Sexy Dares To Do Before You Die
The Naughty Bucket List: 369 Sexy Dares To Do Before You Die

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)

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Bucket-list-Statue-Of-Liberty

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...

Bucketlist-Learn-To-Snowboard
Bucketlist-Learn-To-Snowboard

Comfort Zones

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..."

Got a bucket list of your own?

Been inspired by one of these ideas?

Done something amazing recently?

Got an idea that'd be great for this list?

Leave a comment and let me and the world know about it!...

I love hearing from you guys! Please comment! :) - Everybody dies but not everybody lives

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      This was inspirational. I think I'll work on my bucket list now. Thanks for this awesome lens!

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      Don't have a bucket list...as that is so final. When done it is over or you need to make a new one. But I do not what to do things that hurt or are uncomfortable, so it would never be very exciting.

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      escapebox 4 years ago

      Now I want to make my own bucket lists

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      Bedlam Publishing 4 years ago

      What a fun lens!

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      GrowthSpark 4 years ago

      Great lens idea, I may just have to do one too!! Totally agree about the Mona Lisa, I was very disappointed too. Enjoy the rest of your list. And your next list!

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      giovi64 lm 4 years ago

      Beautiful and interesting lens. Compliments.

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      sageinacage lm 4 years ago

      Love this lens! So inspiring.

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      ladyyummy 4 years ago

      I'm not sure if you have this yet: Get your portrait painted (professionally) - this is on my bucket list :) GREAT lens. ^__^ & you're awesome.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love it! I've got one that I'm working on too - bikinibackpacker.com

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Sweet list - mine is chasingthesunnn dot blogspot dot com - still building it though...

      One question though - like what does an SEO do? How did you get that one? Sounds pretty neat

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Ones that are on my list:

      Zip line

      Walk in the tree tops at Kew Gardens, London

      Go to an opera

      Paintball

      Horseride naked on a beach

      Visit the Ice Hotel in Rekyvik

      Visit Xel-Ha, Mexico

      Ride on the Orient Express

      Go Zorbing

      White water raf

      Visit the Everglades

      Visit Petra, Jordan

      Visit Lands End and John O'Groats in the UK

      Ride in a canal barge

      Good luck with your list

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      katiecolette 5 years ago

      Love your bucket list and the updates about things you have tried!

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      buzzet 5 years ago

      love it :-)

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      Keepingscore 5 years ago

      Great lens, I look forward to following your achievements. Never lose sight of your dreams, you never know where life will take you ~ all is possible!

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      mistyblue75605 lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your story! nicely done! :)P

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      mistyblue75605 lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for your personal story of what you want to do and what you have already done. Very nice lens! :)P

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks mate, made me get off my lazy ass and go out the house and do something new....rented a kayak and went off around the coast for 3hrs !! loved it ! All thanks to reading your lens. On a mission to not be bored again :-)

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      If you have become a seo consultant, own your own website and have a lot of Squidoo lenses - you definitely have got #8 Start my own business - accomplished! Btw - did you mean google adsense? The best way to get approved for that is to start a blogger blog, they like blogger. Your goals as a whole and individually are admirable, I have a feeling they keep you bounding out of bed.

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      Enjoyed your inspiring lens! Well done!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very inspiring. God bless!

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      lynda1814 5 years ago

      Brilliant....I'm working on my own bucket list, which keeps expanding sadly! Thanks for sharing yours x

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      Angel_Lou 5 years ago

      Great bucket list!

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      Amsterdam-Apartments 5 years ago

      If you would like to ever visit Amsterdam and need a place to stay then check out this site. I guess it would fit in your street of taste, good luck with the list!

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      jac6895 5 years ago

      good job

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love this idea for a lens! Good luck getting these things done on your bucket list. I'm going to kayak in the ocean soon and see the Everglades.

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      LadyJasmine LM 6 years ago

      Just so you know I enjoyed your lens, so I blessed it and featured it here: https://hubpages.com/education/back-to-school-bles

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      Ktasch LM 6 years ago

      Great job on your bucket list, definitely inspiring!

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Fantastic job on your bucket list!

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      mybucketlistonline 6 years ago

      My bucket list site was inspired by the movie also. I created my site so I can too keep track of my dreams, goals and life experiences. the www.mybucketlistonline.com site was created with all those other bucket listers. I love your lens and it has given me ideas to add to my own bucket list. Thanks for inspiring others and keep up the good work. I hope 2011 gives you great happiness and accomplishments. aka Jeanette Kinney

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      catbehaviors 6 years ago

      Hey there Rick, have you crossed anything off of your bucket list lately? :) Hopefully with the help of the Squidoo community you will make it to your goal of this lens reaching No. 1! I love what you are planning on doing with your Squidoo money. It sounds like a really great goal and idea. Keep crossing off your goals! :D

      Eileen aka. catbehaviors

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      have a thumbs up from me!

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      Eleni Bat 6 years ago from Greece

      I really like your lens!All of them! You seem to have endless ideas.

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed your lens, and you are one of the lensmasters who inspired my own lens - which is a little lighthearted take on an "anti-bucket" list! I added you as a featured lens. Thanks for the great ideas!

      Hugs, Kath :)

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      squid-janices7 6 years ago

      Love your list and that you are sharing updates along the way. Great!

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      lovelylashes 6 years ago

      Just dropping by again to see the new changes. I adore the new layout!I hate to admit that I always despised your old spring theme. :P

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      Hi, I have already liked this lens a few weeks ago i think. But it looks great. Good luck

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      pixelposy 6 years ago

      Wow. I found you on the Level 47 lensmaster list. A well deserved LOTD and purple star. Probably one of the first lenses I've come across that contain so much detail. Good luck reaching your goals. I'll be sure to stop in again and check on your progress. Very inspiring.

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      EuroSquid LM 6 years ago

      I had previously "liked" this lens. Today I blessed it and included it on my lens "Thoughts of a 2011 Squid Angel". Best of luck with your list.

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      Cath1125 6 years ago

      Great Lense, one of my favourites. Might nick some of your ideas - Ha Ha

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      kohuether lm 6 years ago

      This is quite fun! Right now, I am focusing on learning Greek, getting in shape, and building my online business. I made a similar list for myself for this year - perhaps I'll create a self indulgent list of my own - looks fun!

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      refrige23 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens!

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Great lens. Good luck on your quest. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      beerhead 6 years ago

      Great job on this lens. Already liked just stopped by to take another look.

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      gia combs-ramirez 6 years ago from Montana

      Good luck! My advice for what its worth...don't get trapped by the list. As you grow you might find what you wanted to do a year ago isn't what you want to do this year!

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      the-good-stuff 6 years ago

      It's really cool to see how you're accomplishing your dreams! You've got some tough ones on that list!

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      hershel01 6 years ago

      I started a bucket list a few years ago, so far nothing crossed of, but I hope to cross some off in the next few years. Great lens for people not ever hearing about a bucket list.

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      californiapch 6 years ago

      what a wonderful lense. this is my first exposure to the bucket list so i better get started! (including the movie trailer in your lense is a nice touch.)

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      Harshitha LM 6 years ago

      IDEA no 131- Visit India!!! how about adding this to your list?

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      Harshitha LM 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens!!! I'm gonna start my bucketlist right now... Hope to publish it too. Your lens is really inspiring. I'll be back to read your other lenses too.

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      rudgeinc 6 years ago

      I LOVE this lens! Well done Rick. I had just finished publishing my own list and thought I'd see if others have done one... and there's lots of us huh! It's great to see all your updates too. Good on you mate. Michelle :)

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      lilmuchang1 6 years ago

      Hi, I think that I'm falling in love with you :) Great lens

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      Platareal 6 years ago

      Congratulations on visiting (and surviving your visit) to CERN. Glad to see that you didn't dissolve into a haze of strageletsl

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      JublyJem 6 years ago

      Just finished work, now going home to start my own bucket list. Thanks for sharing & inspiring!

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      RascalO 6 years ago

      Dude, awesome lens. The cool things is you can't die until your finished, so you'll be aroudn for a long time. Oh yeah, and 9-10-11-12 can really all be done concurrently, though the kid will be about 9 months later, give or take.

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      natashaely 6 years ago

      This is such an inspiring list and it fascinates me what other people put on theres. I have some that cross over with yours but others that are so different. I wish you tons of luck with all of them, it's all about living life to the fullest! :)

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      MeggieMcFallon 6 years ago

      You're the first lens I've ever read on Squidoo. Fabulous. Nothing like 119 ways to 'smell the roses'. Really inspiring, I've got to get my bucket list out of the archives in the basement... And I need to visit the Statue of Liberty (lived in NY for past 18 years and haven't actually gone there. :/

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      TNTonya 6 years ago

      So glad I stopped in. You have inspired me to put my "bucket list" to paper. Never thought of writing it here on Squidoo. Great idea. Really got my creative juices going. Now I wonder how to use a bucket list to create money for my soon to be non profit charity for seizure disorder patients and their caregivers. Any ideas? Honored to meet you through your lens.

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      Wyrdinary 6 years ago

      Come to the Big Island of Hawaii - active volcano AND you could learn to make sushi!

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      Dawn Michael 6 years ago from Thousand Oaks

      Hi you have amazing wisdom at your age; I would say that being passionate about life and all that it has to offer is my comment. Finding that one thing or even two things that make the rest of the world slip away while doing it...For me it is writing and helping people with their intimate lives.

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      antith3tical 6 years ago

      This is an inspirational lens if I've ever read one, lol. If you're not inspired to do something with your life after reading this, then there's something wrong with you....

      I quit a job that I hated last fall, spent the past three months trying to get my life back on track, and now I'm trying to launch a writing career [the no. 1 thing on my list.]

      also, I would like to make a suggestion for a way that you could possibly cut down on your travel budget and meet some interesting people...if you're not already using couchsurfing dot org, give it shot. a good friend of mine used it when she was traveling around the west coast this past summer and ended up working on a movie set and meeting some really cool people as a result. lots of free beer too if you're interested in that sort of thing. ;)

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      dismantlerepair 6 years ago

      @whitepinestudios: I will agree that a lot of these items cost money which is one of the factors slowing me down but if you put the effort in on squidoo there are no limits to how much you can money u can make. All my royalties are going towards the goal in my quest lens! Just takes a little discipline...

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      Joe 6 years ago from Colorado

      Wow amazing journey....Problem I see, I am umemployed how on earth could I or anyone do that bucket list with very little money, All that adventure costs major money...must be nice

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      James Jordan 6 years ago from Burbank, CA

      Great lens! Have fun completing your goals! I always found if you write them down you pretty much do them!

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      Cherry-Ambition 6 years ago from U.S.

      Yeah, I can see why your bucket list is at #90 right now. It's amazing! I'm glad you've been able to complete a lot of the things on your list. I'm in a difficult situation, so I can't complete anymore of mine yet...

      Which reminds me.... back in December you posted on my lens, telling me about bucketlist.org, which I just joined minutes before viewing this lens. Also, after looking at your lens, I would LOVE to feature it on my bucket list lens (though it looks like it doesn't need much help viewing-wise)!

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      Rivermaya 6 years ago

      congrats bro on LotD, really enjoyed your list, get a tattoo is my favorite one, because I want it to before I die :)

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      JeffreyTymczak LM 6 years ago

      Congratulations on your LENS of the Day! Great Job! I rated it up and joined your fan club, hope to see you in my fan club too! Great Job!!!

      Jeff

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      Steve-SEO-UK 6 years ago

      I live about 20 minutes from Stonehendge, so done that one. Great list and hope you achieve all that you are aiming for. I want to drive a tank, swim with sharks and parachute out of a plane. At 59, I need to put some urgency on my wish list.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great Lens. I am inspired to create one like this myself!

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD. It is now featured on Squidoo LOTD Lenses. You have been busy. Well done.

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      scrapperkare 6 years ago

      Hey, Rick, haven't you already done #78 Create my own website -- by building this squidoo site? Or does squidoo not count?? ;) VERY nice job with the lens! Love that you're updating it as you accomplish your bucket list items one by one . . .

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      Merciah_Mage 6 years ago

      This is a meaningful, very awesome way to kick off your life. ) Congrats on the rank, as well.

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      It was interesting to note that I've done a lot of the things on your bucket list. Seeing Stonehenge in person is on my list ... what a great photo! I also like that you want to save a life and help a stranger. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Stoney2009 6 years ago

      congrats on LotD and your Purple Star!

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      eBid-Squid 6 years ago

      can't believe you have not done number 73 yet lol,

      73. Make a complete fool of myself

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      I really like your approach to the Bucket List. Specifically, I love that you are updating your accomplishments. That twist makes your list dynamic and perpetually interesting. Congrats on LOTD and all that you are doing to enrich your life.

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      DebMartin 6 years ago

      Thanks for the read. Enjoy the journey.

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      DestinationsHoliday 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Guess this is for #81~ I enjoy reading your lens very much and I am going to do my own bucket list. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      BlueTang 6 years ago

      Really cool site, inspirational page. Keep it up!

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      ponniah 6 years ago

      There is magic in putting things down in writing. You are proving it. Well done and my best wishes for realizing your list.

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I love Bucket lists and you have done such a great job explaining it and sharing your super list! I am inspired to work on my list some more! :)

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      MoonandMagic 6 years ago

      Wow you have some amazing dreams! There are a few on there I'd like on my bucket list. congrats on LOTD. Good luck with the rest.

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      JanetClifford 6 years ago

      It's great to dream, my favourite quote is You've got to create a dream, You've got to uphold the dream, If you can't, then bugger it,. Go back to the factory, or go back to the desk by Eric Burdon and you are certainly upholding dreams, may your bucket list always be overflowing with things that you have completed and more to come!

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Congratulations on LOTD - a wonderful lens. (I hope this will help you reach #81!)

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      You know.. it's really great that you know what you want to do and you are going out and doing it. Congrats!

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

      Congrats on LoTD!!

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      Jerry_David 6 years ago

      informed lens and deserved LotD!

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      carlajo73 6 years ago

      You deserve the LOTD award 110% What an awesome job you have done on this lens! Congratulations to you!!!

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      iamradiantrose 6 years ago

      Congrats on your LOTD! Looks like you have a busy time ahead of you. Bucket lists are huge fun and great inspiration and you are certainly living yours. You will have great stories to tell your grandchildren.

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      Congrats on an intriguing and inspirational bucket list LOTD. I've got some years on you and have achieved quite a few of your goals, but I've not been so focused and certainly not as organized (or is that organised?). Live, love, laugh and enjoy life's adventures!

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      quicpost 6 years ago

      Hello: interesting article you wrote. Can't wait to see more articles from you.

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      myneverboredhands 6 years ago

      Congrats on well deserved LOTD! Great lens, very inspiring! I'm sure you will achieve all your goals with that determination of yours. Good luck!

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      'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

      I've thought of #49 myself. Looks like you're well on your way to #81. Congratulations on being LOTD!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My goodness, young man, you are certainly well on your way to being the most interesting person at the party! I admire your determination to "live wide". Good luck with the rest of your bucket list.

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Cool lens, I hope you achieve your goals, and congratulations on your Lens Of The Day award. I have done 33 off your bucket list, but I'm not about to go bungee jumping...

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      Congratulations on achieving so much so young. and on LOTD.

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Congratulations on your LOTD. Love this list...surprised how many I've done...but then I have a few years on you :) Blessed

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      EshanMonteath 6 years ago

      As someone who lived 3 years in Fairbanks, Alaska, I can definitely tell you seeing the northern lights in their full glory is DEFINITELY a great list item. Can't be described. Great list, and I like the 118 number. Why stop at 100 when you have more great ideas? Congrats on LOTD.

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      jeanryerson 6 years ago

      This is awesome, dude! You're living your life to the fullest!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens! If you give the earnings of this lens 100% to charity, maybe no 55 will be on a roll :)

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day! Anberlin quote--o' so very true!