My Bucket List

Back when my age was still in the single digits, my goals in life were pretty straightforward:  get married, have kids, and be able to drive to Dairy Queen whenever I wanted.

I’m proud to say that I’ve conquered 2 out of 3 thus far.  But since then, the list has expanded quite a bit.

To help track my ever-growing list of goals, I’ve put together my own “bucket list” of things (both big and small) that I hope to accomplish someday.  Some are more easily achievable (like making cinnamon rolls from scratch), while others I will probably never get around to but I want to keep on here just in case (like visit all 7 continents).

I’ve also included a number of goals/ambitions that are already complete – partly to remind myself of what I’ve done and where I’ve been, but also because there are few things more satisfying in life (and confidence boosting) than crossing things off your list and I kind of got carried away doing so…

Here is how the list looks so far:

My Bucket List

  • Meet my birth family
  • Get married
  • Drive to Dairy Queen whenever I want
  • Visit the Colosseum in Rome
  • See the Mona Lisa in person
  • Drink sangria and eat paella in Spain
  • Attend culinary school
  • Visit a castle in Ireland
  • Make a documentary and screen it at a film festival
  • See Stonehenge
  • Visit the Eagle & Child in Oxford
  • Perform live onstage at The Globe Theater
  • Teach English abroad
  • Tour Buckingham Palace
  • Tour the White House
  • Work on a Harry Potter film
  • Make ice cream from scratch
  • Walk around on the Great Wall of China
  • Host a balloon party in my dorm room
  • Swim in a mud bath
  • Visit the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island
  • See a show on Broadway
  • Swim with the dolphins
  • Stand behind a waterfall
  • Play slots in Las Vegas
  • See the Liberty Bell
  • Visit Gettysburg
  • See Mount Rushmore
  • Go to Disney World
  • Take a picture from the top of the Rocky Mountains
  • Visit the DMZ
  • Watch a shuttle launch
  • See Josh Groban in concert
  • Sing karaoke in Tokyo in the same room featured in Lost in Translation
  • Eat dinner at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant/meet Jamie Oliver
  • Work backstage on a live primetime television show
  • Eat dinner at the Inn at Little Washington
  • Attend a live filming of Conan O’Brien
  • See Saturday Night Live… live
  • Visit all 7 continents
  • Visit all 50 states
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Drink butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Order a “Christmas bucket” from KFC in Japan
  • Knit a blanket
  • Attend a yoga class
  • Sneak into a double-feature at the movie theater
  • Get a dog
  • Attend an NFL game
  • Eat dinner at the French Laundry
  • Eat dinner at Alinea
  • Celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  • Become conversational in Korean
  • Become conversational in Chinese
  • Visit Machu Picchu
  • Climb a volcano
  • Learn how to use my DSLR without the “auto” function
  • Attend mass at the Vatican
  • Go on a Lord of the Rings tour in New Zealand
  • Take a random last-minute flight for a weekend trip
  • Sponsor a Korean orphan
  • Make a recipe from my Momofuku cookbook
  • Make a recipe from my Mastering the Art of French Cooking cookbook
  • Make cinnamon rolls from scratch
  • Make tamales from scratch
  • Make a pork crown roast
  • Make beer-can chicken
  • Learn how to fold a crane
  • Run a race
  • Get published
  • Drink wine in Napa Valley
  • Drink beer at Oktoberfest
  • Write a children’s book
  • See the Grand Canyon
  • Stand on the Four Corners
  • Visit Yosemite National Park
  • Visit Yellowstone National Park
  • See the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
  • See Niagara Falls
  • Visit Pearl Harbor
  • Kick a field goal
  • Join a flash mob
  • Learn how to play a song on the piano
  • Ride the Trans-Siberian Railway
  • Ride a gondola in Venice
  • Go on a cruise of the Greek Islands
  • See the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi’an, China
  • See the pyramids/Sphinx in Egypt
  • See the Taj Mahal
  • See Petra in Jordan
  • Go on an African safari
  • See a koala or kangaroo in Australia
  • Visit a rainforest
  • See the Redwoods
  • Visit North Korea
  • Witness a shooting star
  • Attend a movie premiere
  • See a turtle in the Galapagos Islands

According to Arthur Frommer (you may recognize his name from the famous travel book series), there are really only 50 places that you need to visit in your lifetime.  I tend to differ on some of the things on his list, but then again, he’s the one who’s seen them all (along with a good 450 other places).

What sort of things on my list have you already done?  And what is on your own bucket list?  I’m sure it looks a lot different from mine.  I highly encourage you to make your own… and don’t forget to list things you’ve already accomplished!  It’s rather therapeutic.


3 thoughts on “My Bucket List

  1. Shmruthi says:

    You worked on a HP film??! That’s AMAZINGGG 🙂 I just stumbled upon your blog and finding my way around here.. I must say pretty impressive bucket list and cross offs. This is prompting me to get my own bucket list ready 😉

    • Monica says:

      Thanks, Shmruthi! Looks like you’ve been to some pretty amazing places yourself! Would be really curious to see what your bucket list would include 🙂

      • Shmruthi says:

        Ah sure Monica.. I have taken a break from blogging for a while now.. time to get back 🙂 I’ll definitely write down a bucket list, there might be some surprises for me too 😉

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