I was driving my mom home from her weekly Bingo game today and we passed a cute bright yellow Volkswagen Beetle. I immediately said “My Car!” I have wanted one of these since I was literally a baby. My mother said when I was just learning to talk and she would be strolling me down the street, if a VW Beetle went by, I would get all excited and yell “cah cah”.
Later when I could actually pronounce my “R”s and other words, I would always say I wanted the “baby car”. I guess I called it baby because it was small. Specially next to the huge cars of the 60’s
Anyway, today my mother said, “I guess you have one of those on your bucket list, huh?” I thought about it. I really don’t have a bucket list but I think it’s time to get one.
In case you don’t know what a bucket list is, it comes from the movie by the same name. You can read about it here: The Bucket List. It’s about 2 guys who are dying from cancer. They decide to go out and do all the things they wanted to do all their lives but never got around to.
I think it’s a good idea for all of us, no matter our age or our health to have a bucket list. I know I don’t want to get to the end of my life and think about all the things I wish I had done.
So here is mine. Fair warning, some of these are kind of personal. Please don’t hate me for being honest, okay?
Cathy’s Bucket List
- Swim with dolphins. I don’t know why but I have always wanted to do this. And when my daughter got to do it while on a cruise to Mexico, I wanted to swim with them even more. She said it totally changed her life. She even immediately got a dolphin tattoo when she returned home.
- Ride a jet ski. I live a few miles from the ocean. As a teen, I spent my summers on the beach and that’s where I first saw someone riding a jet ski. It looked like so much fun. I don’t know why I haven’t tried one out for myself yet but it’s something I do want to try.
- Go skydiving. Another thing that looks like so much fun. This one is kind of scary, so I don’t know if I’ll have the nerve to actually try it but I have added it to my list too.
- Visit Europe. Just one of the places I want to visit before I kick the bucket. England, Ireland and Scotland are definitely on the list. As is France, Italy and Greece.
- Visit Australia. I just love the Aussie people. I love their friendliness, love their accents and I’d love to visit their country. Heck, I may not want to leave!
- Visit Hawaii. I almost married a guy who lived in Hawaii. He was my first boyfriend when I was 15. He went into the military after high school and wound up in Hawaii. He loves it there. He actually came back a few years later with the intention of taking me back with him. It was really tempting but I turned him down. I think I made the right decision but I’d still love to visit the place.
- Make 5 thousand dollars a month consistently! Hey, if I’m going to visit all these places, I need some moolah to do it right? Seriously though, I’m just so tired of having to rob Peter to pay Paul. I have made that much before in a month but it’s definitely not a consistent thing. I want to be able to breathe a little and not be so worried about how I’m going to pay the bills. And I want to have some fun once in awhile too. Like go on trips!
- Get down to a normal size. I am so tired of being fat. I wasn’t always overweight. I didn’t start putting on weight until I had kids. With each one, it threw my thyroid a little more out of whack and the baby weight didn’t come off. Now, I do have a legitimate claim with a thyroid that no longer functions at all. Even with medication, I have a very slow metabolism. But I sure don’t help it any by eating the wrong things (sweets). So I want to feel normal again in my body. Am I asking too much?
- Go ghost hunting in an actual haunted house. Yes, I’m a junkie of those ghost hunting shows and I’d love to actually go on a real ghost hunt! I don’t think I’d be that scared. After all my grandparents house was haunted and I spent lots of time there as a child. If I could handle that, I could handle it now as an adult.
- Fall in love. This one I have mixed feelings about. Part of me says, I really don’t feel like fooling with all the love stuff. I’ve done just fine all these years with out the true love stuff. I don’t need it. The other part finds it incredibly sad that a woman my age has never experienced real romantic love. Of course, I have been infatuated before. But never the real thing. And yes, I have been married before but I got married for all the reasons. Although I cared for my husband, I never actually loved him. And I’m very sure he didn’t love me either. I’ll never actively pursue love and either way, if I do or don’t experience it, it will be okay.
- And last but not least, I want to finally get my “baby car”. I want my cute little bright yellow Volkswagen Beetle. I even have a name picked out for her. I’m going to call her Buttercup. Yes, I admit it. I’m pretty corny.
So, there you have it. What’s on your bucket list?