Thursday, March 1, 2012

the bucket list

in my upcoming novel, BUTTER, the main character has a bucket list to complete. (note i say A bucket list, not HIS bucket list, but more on that in the book!)
you're probably familiar with the term, but for those who aren't, a bucket list is -simply put- a list of things to do before you die.

it sounds a little dark, but to me, a bucket list is really about LIVING. we only have so much time on this earth, and a bucket list reminds us to... well, live - to experience everything the world has to offer.

here are 3 items from my own list.

Number 1: GO ON SAFARI IN AFRICA

this has been top of my bucket list for so long, i can't even remember when the dream started. i find myself tearing pages out of travel magazines and printing photos off the internetspan> of other people's safari vacations. i tuck them all into a "someday" file in my cabinet, to remind myself of where i want to go and what i want to see.

Number 2: SEE THE AURORA BOREALIS

this one is harder to plan. growing up, Handsome spent his summers in Canada, so he's been fortunate to see the sky painted in all sorts of colors. but i know it's not as simple as flying north. there's timing involved, so i worry this is one item i may never cross off my list.

Number 3: VISIT THE COUNTRIES OF ALL MY ANCESTORS

this is the house in Italy where my great (or great-great?) grandfather grew up just north of Venice. i plan to get back to Italy eventually to visit this home. i've been lucky enough to see Italy, Germany, Scotland and England, which leaves just one country to visit before i can cross this one off my list: Ireland.


so what's on your bucket list?

3 comments:

E.J. Wesley said...

Hey there! *fellow Italian waves*

My family (dad's side) reportedly originated around the Florence/Tuscany region. I was finally able to visit for the first time a year (or so) ago and it blew my mind.

Highly approve of your list items, particularly Africa and Ireland. I've had an itch to go to New Zealand and Australia that I hope to scratch in the next few years!

K. Turley (Clutzattack) said...

I have "publish a novel" on mine. One step closer to that recently.

And I'd love to spend a year in Japan.

erinjade said...

EJ, NZ and Australia are on my list too! good choices.

K, so exciting to be one step closer! :D