Week 02 – Create a Bucket List

This week’s random number, as chosen by the random.org generator:

2013-01-08

And resolution 39 is … create a “bucket list”! (And shush to all of you who realise that the date above is for Tuesday not Monday, I forgot to take the fscking screenshot!). Oh, and for those of you who don’t know what one of those is, it’s basically a list of all the things you want to do before you die – i.e. kick the bucket – hence the name.

The emphasis of this task is to think about all the things you want to do in your life – places to go, sights to see, experiences to have, people to meet, things to achieve, and so forth – with the aim of then working on actually doing them. This intersects slightly with the resolutions on this site, but for the most part will be on a much grander scale, in both terms of the size of the goal and the length of time it’ll take to happen.

So why did I put this resolution on the list? Well, I must confess that this came from the original 26(ish) I lifted/borrowed/etc from the becauseisaidiwould site, so it wasn’t something I thought of completely on my own. However, that doesn’t make it any less of a task!

The real reason I decided on this one is that I’ve never been that good at deciding what I want out of life. My only real goal was to graduate with a degree in computer science, which I accomplished when I was 21. Since then, I’ve not really had any major drivers in my life to get me motivated, and so I’ve been coasting on and off ever since. OK, so I’m not a total waste-of-space drifter – I’ve got a career, family, etc, so my life isn’t bad by any means – but I lack any real sense of direction or purpose.

Therefore, what I hope to achieve with this bucket list is to work out what’s important to me, and how I could improve things to get to a point where I’m happy with what I’ve done with myself. I know this one won’t be easy, so expect my followup post to be posted right on the deadline – yes, I can procrastinate like no-one’s business 😉

However, since this is purely a speculative task, I need to set some success criteria in order to know whether I’ve met it or not. Given that I don’t have anything particular in mind for list items yet, I’m going to set a target of at least 3 of each of the following:

  • Places to go/see
  • People to meet
  • Things to learn
  • Experiences to have
  • Foods to try

This is of course just the minimum – I hope to be able to come up with more than just 3 of each! I’ll also do a bit of research in reading the bucket lists created by other people, to both inspire me and to give an idea as to the scale/scope of each item.

Time to start thinking!

Week 01 – Climb a Tree

The first task has been randomly selected, using the random integer generator at random.org:

2012-12-31

And resolution 02 is … climb a tree!

So why did I put this resolution in the list? Well, the astute amongst you will already know that this is from the “remembering my past” section, which should give you a clue. Back when I was a child, I spent many a day climbing in the trees in my parent’s back garden. The target tree in question invariably depended on how old/tall I was at the time, but from what I can recollect it was the small apple tree behind the shed initially, then the huge cooking apple tree in the middle of the lawn for many years (with thanks to the rope ladder my parents gifted me one birthday/Christmas), followed by the very tall pear tree in the middle of the gooseberry patch at the far end of the garden during my teenage years.

I’ll always remember the “treehouses” we tried to build in up them (usually just a collection of small bamboo poles and a few blankets), and the time we hauled an old TV antenna up into the pear tree and hooked a homemade/kit crystal radio to it in order to try to listen to signals more clearly. However, the memories are all that’s left now, as the small apple and tall pear trees were both cut down during a redevelopment over a decade ago, and the large cooking apple tree was chopped down a few years back, so I’ll never be able to repeat those endeavours.

Therefore, the aim of this resolution is to try to relive a brief moment from my past, and to do something that I’m far too sensible & grown up for now. There is one slight snag to this plan – where I’m currently living is predominately palm trees (FYI the trunks of which are actually just very tall stalks, not real tree trunks), with most only having being planted in the last few decades, so my first challenge will just be to find a big established “real” tree for climbing. I shall have to keep my eyes open on my travels around the area… Then, once I’ve identified the right candidate, I’ll have the main challenge of the climb itself. Should be fun!

Oh, and one last thing – I shall prove that I’ve met the resolution by taking a photo from up in the branches, so I can’t just pretend to have done it! :)