Monday, June 13, 2011

My Bucket List

I think it's about time that I write a new post. After all, an entire month has passed. Unfortunately, I don't have any life-changing experiences to report, no exciting news to share, or even an inspirational story to put down in words. I guess I should work on some 'character development.'

Earlier this week, a good friend of mine commented on how there is rarely any character development in the second or third sequels of movies. No game-changing events, no jaw-dropping action. The third movies (unless we're talking about trilogies or Harry Potter) are more or less, simply documenting the up's and down's of every day life.

Every so often, when life gets too dull to bear, I try to imagine my life as a romantic comedy. In seeing my world through this lens, boring errands transform into a scene leading up to a pivotal moment, the music on the radio is my soundtrack, and daily conversations are intriguing dialogues.

Sure, it's incredibly corny. And perhaps slightly embarrassing. But what can I say? I'm stuck in a simple little town for a month until I start my full-time job. Trust me, you'd be going a little crazy, too.

Nevertheless, even if my life is a romantic comedy, a film with no character development is dull. Nobody would ever want to watch it.

Let me clarify something before I continue. I would not, under any circumstances, want anyone to pay as much attention to my life as I do in the movies that I love. However, speaking hypothetically, if my life were actually a movie, I would want it to be a box office hit.

So how am I supposed to change my life from dull and boring into an exciting, adventure? I think a bucket list a good place to start. I've done my best at coming up with 50 things I want to do, believe I should do, or know that I absolutely must do before I 'kick the bucket.'

(*Note: This is by no means a complete list -- and please -- let me know what I should add!)

Emily's Bucket List
  1. Visit the Grand Canyon
  2. Camp in Yellowstone National Park
  3. See the Niagra Falls
  4. Go hang gliding
  5. Climb a mountain
  6. Run a 10K race in under an hour
  7. Get married
  8. Raise a family
  9. Adopt a dog from an animal shelter
  10. Travel to every continent (except Antarctica)
  11. Go scuba diving
  12. Learn how to play the guitar (well)
  13. Ride in a hot air balloon
  14. Watch AFI's 10 Greatest Movies of All Time
  15. Read TIME's 10 Greatest Books of All Time
  16. Stop biting my nails
  17. Earn a Masters
  18. Write a children's book
  19. Take up photography
  20. Kiss the Blarney stone
  21. See the Eiffel Tower in person
  22. Spend time in Dublin, Galway, and Cork
  23. Get a manicure
  24. Learn another language
  25. Audition for a play
  26. Go parasailing
  27. Climb to the top of a rock wLearn to waterski
  28. Donate 50,000 annonymously
  29. Volunteer in a homeless shelter
  30. Fall in love
  31. Visit a real blues bar in Chicago
  32. Grow a vegetable garden
  33. Meet a famous actor/actress
  34. Do something outrageous and life-changing
  35. Walk el Camino de Santiago
  36. Travel to Malaysia
  37. Attend a high school reunion
  38. Read the entire Bible
  39. Participate in an Improv Everywhere scene
  40. Visit Seattle
  41. Travel to Peru
  42. Become a grandmother
  43. Knit a scarf
  44. Sew a quilt
  45. Lead a small group at church
  46. Teach Sunday School
  47. Take an aerobics class
  48. Do yoga and stay flexible
  49. Organize a family reunion
  50. Step foot in all 50 states

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