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Making my bucket list

Last week I had the pleasure to meet a WWII veteran (who by chance happened to be related to me — crazy!) and interview him for The Bryan Times.

He served in the military just shy of three years, and those three years changed his entire life. He had many stories, souvenirs and artifacts from his active duty, and from the years following.

One of the happier times of his service, he said, was when he had a three day pass to Paris and saw the Eiffel Tower. "That's on my bucket list," I told him.

Then I thought about it. Yes, I have always wanted to go to Europe, Paris specifically. Heck, my and two friends in junior high always talked about how we'd graduate college and get an apartment together next to the Eiffel Tower.

Obviously, that didn't work out as planned. However, the point is I have never actually made out my list. I've never put in writing (or typing) the things I would like to see/do in my life.

I've decided to change that. I don't plan on joining the military, but I want to be able to tell stories and share experiences like the man I interviewed. I want to have a life worth sharing and talking about.

Here's what I've come up with so far:
- Travel: Europe — Paris, Italy (including the Vatican), England, Ireland and Germany; New York City, Las Vegas, Hawaii and some sort of cruise.
- Remodel our house (working on it!)
- Go sky-diving
- Get a tattoo (If I can ever decide on something meaningful enough)
- Watch the sunrise and sunset on a beach somewhere
- Make a family tree and learn more about my heritage
- Start a small business or own part of one
- Renew our wedding vows for at least one of our anniversaries
- Coach a softball team
- Run for a local government office
- Own a lake cottage
- Buy a boat to use at said cottage
- Go back to school (maybe not for a master's degree, but at least for a class or two)
- Be a 4-H club adviser
- Go to all of my high school class reunions
- Attend homecoming at BGSU at least once every five years
- Go to an OSU/Michigan game at the Horseshoe
- Take my family to Disney World
- Run (not walk!) in a 5k race

That's what I've got for now, but I know I will continue to add more.

Do you have a bucket list? If so, what's on it? Anything similar to mine? Leave me a comment below (you don't have to register with Blogger, by the way) or send me an e-mail.


  1. I've got my own bucket list that currently contains 65 items. At 24, I want to create a list that will open up the rest of my life to new and exciting things.

    I think I've only got three items the same as you but your list is definitely interesting and you have a lot of great things to aim for.

    Good luck with your list,


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