Like many, many, many other people, I have a bucket list.
I don’t usually think about it as a bucket list, though. I tend to think of it as things I’d like to do or try someday.
The writing assignment “That Bucket List Though” from the ds106 Assignment Bank seemed to understand my thoughts on bucket lists quite well, which is why I picked it:
Have you ever made a mental list of things you wanted to do or try or jokingly said “That’s going on my bucket list!” Well, now is the time to stop messing around and actually make a bucket list. Write down a list of at least five things that you want to do or try, but do not stop there! Give the world a reason why those things are on your list regardless of how crazy or lame it may be.
When I take the time to think about it, I’ve got a lot of things on my bucket list. There are a lot of things I want to do or experience. Here are 5 of those things + my reasons why, in no particular order:
1. Live in the mountains one day
If you ask me “mountains or beach?”, one of the most common “would-you-rather” questions, I would always answer “mountains”. I have nothing against the beach; I’ve loved all of my family’s summer vacations at different beaches, and the ocean has always captivated me. However, my heart is in the mountains, and I don’t think that will ever change. The beauty and majesty of the mountains is amazing to me, and there is just something about the view that drives me absolutely crazy; I always get excited on road trips when any mountains are visible on the horizon. I think that this love began when my best friend’s family moved to Roanoke, Virginia when I was 7 years old. She lives in the mountains just outside of the main city, and from the first time I visited her, I was completely enraptured with the landscape.
2. Learn how to play YYZ and La Villa Strangiato on drums
These are two Rush songs that I’ve wanted to learn how to play for a very, very long time. Ever since I learned Tom Sawyer, I’ve wanted to learn more difficult tunes, and YYZ and La Villa Strangiato are right up there. I have a bit of extra motivation to learn YYZ because one friend told me that Tom Sawyer isn’t as hard and they’d be impressed if I could play YYZ. I don’t need to prove myself to anyone, but there’s a part of me that would get a lot of satisfaction out of showing that friend my abilities. For La Villa Strangiato, I’ve always thought it’s a fascinating piece, and I’d love to play it. Both songs are cool to listen to and very challenging, and I think I’d enjoy learning them.
3. Go on another mission/service trip out of the country (hopefully to Guatemala)
I’ve gone on three separate service trips to Guatemala with Cedar Ridge Community Church (the church I formerly attended), and each of those trips greatly affected me and how I look at life. I absolutely loved traveling to Guatemala, and the second and third times I returned, it felt like I was coming home. I think part of me will always be aching a little for Ipala (the town Cedar Ridge has a relationship with). It would be amazing if I could go back there with people from Cedar Ridge—my family still know plenty of people from that church, even though we don’t attend it anymore. Either way, I’d love to go on more mission/service trips outside the United States.
4. Travel to New Zealand to visit Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit filming sites
As I mentioned in my post about our theme for the semester, I’m a Tolkien fan. That’s something I haven’t really talked about yet on this blog, but I’m hoping to write more about it, because it’s definitely one of my passions. Traveling to New Zealand and the filming sites would be expensive, but I think if I choose to save up for that trip, it could be a possibility someday.
5. Raise and train a Canine Companions for Independence puppy
I actually have more of a timeframe for this bucket list item, because I’d really like to do this before I graduate college. Before visiting UMW’s campus, I had no idea that college students could raise and train puppies who would become service dogs. We have a club on campus that’s all about training puppies and educating others about service dogs and Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). I was originally only interested in becoming a veterinarian when I first started college, because I didn’t have any idea what else I wanted to do and I always loved animals. Although I am now a Communication and Digital Studies major, I am still taking pre-vet school courses. If I decide to go on to vet school, raising and training a puppy would be a very good experience to have under my belt. Even if I don’t, I know that this is something I don’t want to miss out on.
As I wrote in my post “Move-In Moments”, I consider this post to be one of the ones most related to our theme “What’s Your Story?”. While that post was about looking at the past, this one looks to the future. It can be fun (or painful) reflecting on certain things in my past, but I try to be more hopeful thinking about the future. I don’t know what’s to come yet, and there’s so many possibilities. Sure, some things could go badly, and I won’t succeed at everything I want to, but that’s life, isn’t it? This quote from Doctor Who sums it up well, I think:
The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice-versa, the bad things don’t necessarily spoil the good things and make them unimportant.The Eleventh Doctor, “Vincent and the Doctor” 6×10
It’s one of my favorite quotes, because it speaks to the duality of life. We will all experience good things and bad things. There’s another quote, which I’ve spent about 6 minutes looking for, that I can’t find, but I’ll post it here later when I do find it. It’s about being kind to everyone, because each person has experienced something worth curling up in a ball and crying uncontrollably over. It’s one of my favorite quotes, and it reminds me that everyone goes through terrible things. Pain cannot be compared.
However, there’s hope in bucket lists. It shows that there are still things worth living for, still beautiful and awesome things in the world. While I was writing this post, I realized that “bucket list item” is a less scary word for “goal”. There’s so much more I could write about goals, and perhaps I will another time. My point here is that there are always things to look forward to, and just writing these things down has made me feel more hopeful. Try writing down 5 bucket list items too—it’ll make you see the joy that exists all around you.