The Bucket List
The Bucket List 2012
Chances are that if you have stopped into this lens then you are looking to start a Bucket List OR you have already starting one and are looking for ideas.
Bucket Lists are great because they give you the chance to think about what you want to do in life.
Run a marathon.
Running a marathon is definitely on my bucket list. Who wouldn't want to push their body to the absolute limit and succeed in a goal at the same time?
If you've never ran a marathon before, you will need to do some training. Serious training.
If you follow some of these steps, then you should be able to run a marathon and check it off of your Bucket List:
Before you begin marathon training, you should be able to run for at least 30 minutes without stopping. You can do a combination of walking and running throughout this portion of the training as it will help your body build endurance.
As you being to train, you will want to increase the amount of mileage that you run each week up until the last few weeks prior to the marathon. A good training period is 16 weeks. If you think that is to short you can increase this schedule to about 26 weeks which will include the training needed to run 30 minutes at a time. (links below this post will lead you to Very useful tools to get you started).
Gear and Guides for Marathon Running
Learn to play the piano.
Learning to play piano comes easily to few and hard to most. It takes great dexterity and hand-eye coordination that we lose after our teenage years. It's that aged phrase, "if you don't use it, you lose it" but I am here to say that you can learn to the piano at any stage in your life.
I am a self-taught pianist and I find that playing piano is meditative and delightful. Here are some tips for learning to play the piano:
Start by picking up a book on Music Theory
Reading about music theory can help you understand the point of piano playing and how the sounds and rhythms function on the instrument. I took three years of music theory in college and it aided me in becoming an advanced musician.
Practice by Listening
This is the one tip that I tell all of my students about learning ANY instrument. You need to listen to piano music in order to learn to play piano. It is like any other hobby or skill. Listening to the piano will help you tune your ears to the sounds of the piano. So get out there are download a few piano albums.
Start with Scales
Sounds boring, but it isn't. Learn the scales before you attempt to play songs. Hanker down the basics and the advanced scales of the piano. It will start to train your fingers and your ears. Scales are important for warming up and getting your fingers to "know" the piano that you are playing on...whether the keys are stiff or not...
Learn to read the music
This goes without saying, but take some time to memorize the notes and the register of music.
Pick Music You Want to Hear
I always notice parents telling their children to play Beethoven or Chopin or something excruciatingly difficult to play. I say, don't do that. I say, pick your favorite music or something that you would love to hear played by another. Perhaps it is Beauty and the Beast or the latest Kings of Leon music....play what YOU love.
Links for Piano Playing
From Pianos to Running
Here are some of my favorite items that can help you achieve your Bucket List goals.
Go snorkeling in a shipwreck.
other great places:
9. Cozumel, Mexico
7. Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Gear for Snorkeling
Snorkeling can be so much fun and educational.
Read every novel that has won a Pulitzer Prize in the Fiction Category.
His Family by Ernest Poole
The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington
One of Ours by Willa Cather
The Able McLaughlins by Margaret Wilson
So Big by Edna Ferber
Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
Early Autumn by Louis Bromfield
The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
Scarlet Sister Mary by Julia Peterkin
Laughing Boy by Oliver La Farge
Years of Grace by Margaret Ayer Barnes
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
The Store by Thomas Sigismund Stribling
Lamb in His Bosom by Caroline Miller
Now in November by Josephine Winslow Johnson
Honey in the Horn by Harold L. Davis
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Late George Apley by John Phillips Marquand
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
In This Our Life by Ellen Glasgow
Dragon's Teeth by Upton Sinclair
Journey in the Dark by Martin Flavin
A Bell for Adano by John Hersey
All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener
Guard of Honor by James Gould Cozzens
The Way West by A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
The Town by Conrad Richter
The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
A Fable by William Faulkner
Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor
A Death in the Family by James Agee (posthumous win)
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor
Advise and Consent by Allen Drury
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O'Connor
The Reivers by William Faulkner (posthumous win)
The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau
The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter by Katherine Anne Porter
The Fixer by Bernard Malamud
The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
Stories of Jean Stafford by Jean Stafford
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow
Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson
The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever
The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Rabbit Is Rich by John Updike
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
Rabbit at Rest by John Updike
A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler
The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
Independence Day by Richard Ford
Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser
American Pastoral by Philip Roth
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Known World by Edward P. Jones
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
March by Geraldine Brooks
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot DÃaz
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Tinkers by Paul Harding
A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Become an early riser.
It takes hard word and dedication to become an early riser if you are inclined to sleeping in...that doesn't mean that you cannot do it.
Early rising has its benefits and you will find yourself much more accomplished through waking up with the sun.
How to do it:
1. Go to bed Earlier, but Only a little bit:
This applies to people who go to sleep after midnight. If you are going to bed at two in the morning then you need to scale it back to midnight. For people who go to bed before midnight, then you may need to evaluate when you are getting sleepy because no matter what time you do go to bed, you need to be tired. Consider scaling your "bed time" back thirty minutes and see if that is an alright time.
If you go to bed un-tired, then get back up and do something until you get tired, but don't go to bed after midnight!
2. Don't Jump the Gun
Seriously, if you wake up at 8AM every morning and want to start getting up at 5AM do not make the mistake of getting up at FIVE on the first morning of your new routine. Every morning wake up fifteen to thirty minutes earlier and take it one morning at a time. Perhaps you can wake up thirty minutes earlier and wake up at that time for several days to get adjusted if you need a longer time frame....
3. Alarm Clock by the Door.
Do not give yourself the chance to slam the snooze button. Place the alarm clock in a location that forces you out of bed.
4. Establish a Routine
Before you ever begin to get up earlier, know what you plan to do with your extra time. Perhaps drink a cup of coffee and do some work. Or make breakfast or garden or something. Know what you have to do to avoid boredom.