The Never Ending Bucket List

I will be updating this post as new things keep catching my interest.  I will probably never stop updating it, but I’m okay with that.  Here it goes: The red strikethrough items are things I completed already.  

  1. Live in another country for at least 1 year.
  2. Buy a van and do a coast to coast trip.
  3. Visit Niagara Falls.
  4. Scuba Dive in an exotic location.
  5. Compete in a triathlon.
  6. Go fishing in the ocean.
  7. Ride a hot air balloon.
  8. Swim with sharks in the Bahamas.
  9. Visit the Amazon Rain Forest.
  10. Visit the Seven Natural Wonders of the World (Grand Canyon, The Great Barrier Reef, The Harbor at Rio de Janeiro, Mt. Everest, Northern Lights, Paricutin Volcano, Victoria Falls).
  11. Visit the new Seven Wonder of the World (Chichen Itza, Christ Redeemer, The Great Wall, Machu Picchu, Petra, The Roman Colosseum, The Taj Mahal).
  12. Go to a World Cup and Olympics.
  13. Ziplining through the Costa Rican rainforest.
  14. Hike active Volcanoes in Guatemala.
  15. Skydiving.
  16. Chase a tornado in the Midwest.
  17. Donate blood (phobia of needles).
  18. Hike the Appalachian Trail (thru-hike).
  19. Write a blog for at least one year.
  20. Watch a professional sumo wrestling match in Japan.
  21. Go to Cuba and bring back authentic Cuban cigars and smoke them with a good friend.
  22. Attend a Super Bowl (let’s go Colts!).
  23. Visit every state in the US and get a picture with their respective “welcome to” sign. .
  24. Drink a cold beer at Oktoberfest.
  25. Don’t get a haircut for one year. 

To be continued…


  1. ACK

    Love bucket lists! I should update mine 🙂 Been many places and seen many wonderful sights… but there is still a lot to be done and discovered. Good luck with fulfilling your dreams!

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  2. travelinnatalie

    That’s quite a list! I made one last year just before my fortieth birthday and it’s nothing close to this one! I recently flew for the first time, so I can cross that off! Good luck with your list!! 🙂


  3. humanoidslayer

    I’ve actually gotten to visit Niagara Falls. Definitely something you should see at least once even if they turned the place into a tourist hot spot. Good luck with the list


  4. 61chrissterry

    Thank you for following my blog and you sharing your ‘bucket list’, so many wonderful actions you wish to do. You state it will be ‘never ending’, which is good for with the passage of life, there are always new opportunities occurring.


  5. blackfaerie73

    This page is a really cool idea…. I really might borrow the concept someday. I’d link it back to yours, though. Have you noticed how blogs tend to turn into amalgamations of your own ideas and other peoples’?
    Anyway, good luck with the bucket list. You’ve done some really cool stuff.


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      • Bill

        This week I’m packing for a trip to New Zealand. My GF lives there and shes lured me there with culinary schools.

        I’ve been reading about you wanting to live in a van for a year and going coast to coast. I’ve done it and its pretty interesting as well as fun..I followed renn fairs gem and mineral shows and stayed at free camp rounds, on state lands and BLM.. it can be pretty comfortable and interesting.


      • Bill

        Take a camera.. the west coast is amazing, or was at the time.. sites could be had so close to the ocean you could feel the surf pounding at night… As far as NZ goes it’s a three month stay.. they have plans aside from chef stuff and letting me scavenge the country for food.. The set for the Hobbit wasn’t torn down and is a tourist thing now, so they want me to see it… plus she wants me to try some movie stuff… it seems there’s a call for old guys with south-western, accents.. Then there’s diving and what not.. showing her son how to hone a straight razor and random stuff..


  7. Katelyn

    Thank you so much for following my blog! I’m so glad I found you and your bucket list. Excited for future posts. In terms of #4, I would HIGHLY recommend the Philippines. It’s where I got my PADI training and it’s absolutely incredible. If you are able to dive there in January, you might even catch the whale shark migration. Either way, I think it rivals the Great Barrier Reef with less populated dives. Can’t wait to read more!


  8. charlypriest

    This is quite some list, I will tell you something you probably don´t know, actually very few people know it. The guy that felt from the Niagara falls quite some years ago and lived which is a miracle…..well he died 7 years latter when walking through the streets and slipped hitting his head on the floor. So maybe it´s a bad omen that those falls give………


    • Optimistic Kid

      You shouldn’t be afraid of sharks. According to shark week, an average of 10 people die of shark attacks a year. An average of 100 people die a year by cows tipping over. I like my chances haha


  9. stlouiscenter

    I hope that you are able to check off a few more of these this year, especially the Superbowl – Colts. Whatever you do don’t get a hole in that bucket and allow the contents to flow out. Keep up the optimism. Thank you for reading about the St. Louis Center!


  10. sissyjupe2

    as a nurse, I think my favorite was “donate blood” . made me laugh;) indeed a worthy goal especially as you’re afraid of needles. great idea to post a list as well as check off things you’ve done. I need to post and update mine.


    • Optimistic Kid

      haha I don’t like your kind. Always trying to take my blood lol. Not but really, I tried donating a couple of times before, but couldn’t do it. Something inside me clicks into panic mode and makes me run away from danger.
      You should update it. Maybe add some things to that you can complete now that you live in Oakland.


  11. Priceless Joy

    Donate blood. Yes, do that! That is a good thing. How about adding some “bucket list items” that includes helping others. “Go to Africa and help feed the children.” “Go to a large city and hand out sandwiches to the homeless people.” Get my drift? :o) I guarantee you if you included helping others in your bucket list, at the end of your life you will have lived well.


    • Optimistic Kid

      There is going to be a day that I won’t be afraid and walk away from the donation center 😀
      I already do that. I’m a part of Three Square Food Bank. There is no need for me to go to Africa. Sadly we hit a record of homeless adults and kids here in Las Vegas.


  12. leamuse

    Bon courage et bonne chance! (good courage and good luck!) Best wishes with your list and keep adding to it. I never had an actual list but I’ve done some amazing things. I have two sons in Las Vegas but I’ve been living in the south of France for nearly seven years and have no intention of leaving!
    Thank you for choosing to follow one of my blogs. I hope you continue to enjoy the posts.
    Perhaps one day you will check out my other blog?


  13. JoAnne Silvia

    I like lists. Lots of power in writing a bucket list. I have one somewhere. Regarding #17: My needle phobia got better after getting stuck a bunch during my two pregnancies, but I guess you can’t really do that. So here’s what I do now when I have to get a blood test: I distract myself by singing a song, doing multiplication in my head, or talk about the book I’m working on. I admire your courage in putting donating blood on your list. Thanks for following me at “Anything is Possible.”


  14. susanpots

    I used to think that Niagara Falls was a great cliche (where is the accent mark that is supposed to go over the e? It is not on my keyboard.) – until I visited the Falls.
    They are so cool. The view from the Canadian side is spectacular, and the boat ride was really worth it (and I do not like tourist rides). On the American side you can get really close to the top of the falls, and there are great parks.
    Your list sounds cool!


  15. khedrick007

    #24 – find an Oktoberfest near you! I went last year in Reston, VA and it was so much fun. It’s not the same as a true Oktoberfest but it’s still a fun event (with German beers!). But great list!


  16. Akeshia

    I absolutely love this idea. I’m always writing things that I want to do on notepads and it’s hard to organise. I might just post something like this on my blog! Amazing, keep cool.

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