Bucket List


I love lists. I make lists almost daily: to do, grocery, long term get-done-before-it’s-too-late lists, who to email/call and regarding what, pros and cons. TONS OF LISTS. My life is on little bits of paper and backs of junk mail envelopes in the form of lists. Some of these lists are so serious that they end up on a spreadsheet. I sometimes even make a list of lists I need to make. Maybe I have a problem? But I have never written down a bucket list. I’ve always had a running list of things I’d love to do going in my head… along with things I think that I should do. I have never written them down.

A couple of years ago I was traveling with a couple of friends and decided to rent a car and take an impromptu trip to wine country. We were in San Francisco and Napa is only about an hour away. We couldn’t be that close and not go. As we were getting closer to Napa, one of my friends exclaimed, “I can’t wait. This is on my bucket list!” First, I was thrilled to be present for someone checking something off of such an important list. Second, I was inspired to actually make my list. Why hadn’t I thought of this before?

So here goes. In no particular order. I’m sure this list will grow and change, but I will be keeping track of it all on this page.

1. Have my own artwork on display in a gallery or museum.

2. Visit a castle. Completed May 2010: Hearst Castle. San Simeon, CA.

3. Learn to make pasta (Ravioli?) completely from scratch.

4. Run something. A marathon is a far fetch with my back and knees, but I want to shoot for a half marathon.

5. Provide a Christmas for someone else. I have helped to do this with a group of people before, but would love to do it solo.

6. Renew my vows.

7. Write a book. Maybe two – one should be a children’s book.

8. Defy my fear of heights in a drastic way.

9. Step in every major ocean at least once. Done: Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean Also (minor):Gulf of Mexico, South Pacific. To be done: Indian Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Southern Ocean.

10. Swim with dolphins.

11. Go whale watching.

12. Sit in the back of a police car. Completed 2003- Don’t ask.

13. Visit the Golden Gate Bridge. Completed May 2010

14. Pay off and own a home free and clear.

15. Drive a car passed 500,000 miles on the odometer.

16. Be a mentor to someone else, preferably a stranger.

17. Learn another language. I’m thinking American Sign Language.

18. Buy myself a piece of genuine Louis Vuitton. Goal: my 30th birthday.

19. See the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. Completed August 2010.

20. See the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Completed March 2004, and many times since but the best was May 27, 2010 with my Daddy-O at Point Dume, Malibu, CA.

21. Paint a mural.

22. Get something named in the honor of Robin Matthew Ayers.

23. Come up with more than 29 things for my bucket list. completed May 13, 2012

24. Renovate/remodel an old house start to finish.

25. Visit every state. Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California*, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa,Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon,Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

26. Place a prayer in the Western Wall.

27. Make a bet in Vegas.

28. Lock a lock onto the chains at the Golden Summit in the Forbidden City, China.

29. Make a time capsule for someone else to dig up.

30. Become a Daughter of the American Revolution. I have the lineage for this but compiling the documentation and going through the enrollment process can take years.

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