This ain’t no ordinary bucket list …

It’s true: their list does include things like “attend a party at the playboy mansion” (which they do by hiding in a big cake they trick guards into accepting into the mansion), but they’re also doing small things to help others achieve their own dreams and goals, and having a whole heck of a lot of fun while doing it. And they’re Canadian.

For some reason, doing small things to make a difference is becoming something of a constantly occuring refrain in my life these days. But more on that later, for now, check ’em out… The buried life. Here’s their blog , and here’s where you can watch full episodes online.

My bucket list…

I just learned about the concept of a bucket list. Apparently there’s a movie , which I’ve not seen, but has to do with two terminally ill cancer patients who escape from a hospital and embark on a road trip with a wish-list of to-dos to complete before they die.

I’m not ill, not dying (at least not anytime soon that I’m aware of) but I like the idea, so I’m going to start that list and see where it takes me.

So here goes, a few preliminary items for my bucket list:

a bicycle tour of Prince Edward Island

a bicycle and/or walking tour of Scotland

buy a cottage with space enough for a vegetable garden

Hiking trip to the Pacific Ridge

Spend a summer in the Banff region

Spend a couple weeks camping/canoeing in Algonquin Park

Knit Winter Wonderland

This is kinda fun! It’s a bit of a challenge too. I don’t want to add something unless I’m sure it’s actually possible, and I also don’t want to add something unless I’m absolutely positive I really want to do it. For example, for years I’ve been thinking about a trip I read about once that involves camping on a flat barge as it makes it’s way down the Nile. I’d love to do it, but I’m not sure how serious I am about it.

Making up and refining this list will be an interesting process. I dunno why I’m so taken with the idea. I guess I’ve always had a kind of wish-list floating around the edges of my consciousness, but I like the idea of actually writing it all out. As I’m discovering by the fact that I’m reluctant to put some things down and don’t even think twice about some others, writing it out is actually proving to be a process of making some level of commitment!

such a simple idea. I’m glad I bumped into it.

Additions:

Live more simply (I’ve reduced my trash output to one bag a week, would love to get that down to once a month or even less)

eliminate all dry-cleaning items from my wardrobe

Go on a yoga retreat at Quebec’s Sivananda Ashram

Figure out how to live without a fridge

Write that collection of short stories that has been running around in my head for ever … (even if I’m the only one who ever reads it!)

Get vacation time for just me and my grandkids

(added March 25th)

Bicycle along Route Verte

Finalize divorce

Bring joy to someone’s life

… more to come!