Bucket List

For the record, I did a Google search for ‘bucket list’ synonyms with no worthwhile results. How sad, that such an epic list should be the victim of a lack-luster title.

  1. Step foot on all seven continents (North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa)
  2. Run a 5k
  3. Run a 10K
  4. Write a book
  5. Explore the caves around De Kelders, South Africa
  6. Skydive
  7. Attend the San Diego ComicCon
  8. Take a road trip with no defined plan, map or GPS telling me where to go
  9. Go to J-World Tokyo
  10. Attend an anime convention (coming July 4 – 6, 2014)
  11. Dress up as a Final Fantasy character (coming sometime between July 4th and 6th, 2014)
  12. Pay off my student loans
  13. Learn how to fence 
  14. Scuba Dive in the Great Barrier Reef
  15. Get married
  16. Own a house
  17. Have an entire room dedicated to my book collection (aka: my own personal library)
  18. Learn Japanese
  19. Learn Spanish
  20. Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Japan
  21. Finish the Wheel of Time series
  22. Read the Harry Potter series
  23. Visit the Chicago Skydeck
  24. Go ziplining
  25. Visit Nakagusuku Castle

82 thoughts on “Bucket List”

  1. Hello there! I just wanted to say thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting about Thirteen Reasons Why. Thank you for sharing your story! I also hope the book affected other readers the way it did me, and I hope you find value in the book as well. I’d love to hear your thoughts after you finish!

    P.S. – Great bucket list! Good luck accomplishing everything on here.

    1. I took a year of Japanese in college. It played out like my Spanish classes in high school. I was much better at reading the language than speaking it. Unfortunately, it’s been more than 2 years since I took that class, so I’ve lost most of what I know (although I can still read most hiragana, I just don’t always know they words they form). I’ll have to take it up again some time in the near future. Hard or not, it was so much fun to learn.

  2. I’m rather regretting it as my foreign language choice atm lol. Not that it wasn’t interesting it really was but now I’m looking at grad schools and finding that most literature programs require reading proficiency in at least 2 languages (not including english) and now Im feeling rather stuck lol. I’m the same way though. Can still read hiragana but that’s about it. Kanji was always awful for me in class and katakana just never really happened lol.

    1. I’m okay with katakana and Kanji is lost to me. If anything, I just remember what they mean, not how to say them.

      For example, my favorite Japanese word is Tenki because (if I remember correctly) the two Kanji use for Tenki mean ‘heaven’ and ‘feeling.’ From that moment on I thought, the weather is how the heavens are feeling. How cool is that! That kind of symbolism is why I still love the language. It will take a lot of effort for me to cross that off my list.

      1. I hadn’t thought about 天気 like that before, that is really cool. The one like that I always loved was Autumn – 秋 – tree and fire. Such pretty imagery!

        My friends swear by the Heisig method for learning kanji. I already know a lot, but I’m struggling to learn more without a class to force me. So today I finally sat down and started the Heisig book myself. Hopefully it works for me as much as it worked for them.

        1. Do I have something for you! I investing in a Kickstarter for a game called Koe. It’s an RPG set in Japan aimed at teaching players Japanese. It looks awesome and I can’t wait. I invested enough to be a part of the beta testing.

          If you’re already at the level of learning Kanji, it might be a little simple for you, but I bet it would grow to the point you were learning kanji toward the end of the game. Check it out if you’re interested.

      2. That is a really cool idea! I would have loved that when I was beginner. But I already know quite a bit of kanji – I work as a translator when I can – but I just haven’t gotten all the Jouyou kanji down, and Heisig works best going from bottom to top, so there’s a lot of review mixed in there for me as well.

        It’s a really cool idea though, I’ll have to share it with my sister! She just started learning.

  3. Its funny because I do actually remember it meaning that even though I can’t really remember how to write the kanji for it. The symbolism to the language is really beautiful. I’d still love to learn it but I know the classroom language learning is just really not for me. My favorite word is tokidoki…just because its fun to say lol. That was my problem with kanji too. I could often read them and understand them but I couldn’t remember how to pronounce them and often I couldn’t remember how to draw them either.

  4. I find it interesting how writing a book is high on you bucket list. I have been thinking of a book idea for five years but I still find myself unable to start it. I think I am going to take the plunge.

    1. Do it!

      I’ve wanted to be an author since I was 10. I don’t care if the book gets published at this point. I just want to write one and call it mine.

  5. Good Luck on the bucket list, I’m with you on getting to all of the continents. Four down three to go, but how we are going to hack Antarctica is a work in progress. I swear I’ll hold the plane if I find one.

    1. I believe there are actually cruises that go to Antarctica. I remember reading about one that leaves from Chile. Antarctica will be the hardest to accomplish, but every good goal should have a little bit of difficulty.

  6. I’ve actually done seven of these! Just curious – why Nakagusuku? I hadn’t heard of it before but now I’d definitely love to go! Also; which FF character are you going as? I’ve gone as AC: Tifa once – super fun (except I hadn’t made the shorts right and the cord broke so I had to hold them in my hand until I could tie them up…)

    Also – don’t give up on Japanese! I plan to write a blog on some useful sites for learning it. But for now it might be worth your time to google alljapaneseallthetime, or AJATT. He has some really interesting language learning theories for self-learners.

    And for Spanish, have you ever tried DuoLingo? It’s free and makes it into a game-like structure! No Japanese, though, sadly.

    1. I’m a sucker for old castle ruins. I don’t know where I saw the images, but I saw Nakagusuku castle somewhere and now I just have to see it in person.

      I’ll have to look into your suggestions for Japanese and Spanish. I think most of my problem is time. Between all the books I want to read, games I want to play and stories I want to write, I hardly have any time for other hobbies. That doesn’t mean it will fall from this list, though. I can make all this happen in my lifetime with enough determination. (hopefully)

      1. Yeah I love castles and ruins – I was so excited the first time I saw Himeji-jo. And I saw the ruins at Takeda-jo too the last time (thanks for reminding me I should blog about that D; ) I was in Japan.

        I hadn’t heard of Nakagusuku – but I bet it’s amazing. I really want to see Okinawa at some point.

        Yeah, to learn it you have to make it a priority. But I think the amount of time you spend on a given day is less important than consistently studying it, if that makes sense. So even if you only study 10 mins a day, I think that’s better than studying for two hours in one sitting and then not looking at it for a week.

        Especially with DuoLingo that’d be easy-peasy, just do one lesson a day. It would probably be 5 minutes or less.

        If you look up AJATT, he’s all about making language learning part of what you already do, and is against formal learning. So if you like reading and playing games, he’d probably say that’s great, just do it in Japanese. Which is hard, especially at first, but it works. My friend was super dedicated and played things like Skyrim in japanese, read Harry Potter in Japanese (which I’m currently attempting), and even though she struggled at first she kept with it while doing Heisig, and now she can walk into a Japanese book store and read a book like normal, as if she was reading in English!

        I’m not to that point yet, but I’m getting a little closer every day.

    2. Oh! I completely forgot about the cosplay. I’m going as Tifa from FFVII. There are female characters I liked better, but I want to go easy for my first cosplay. At first, I was going to try to be Terra from FFVI, but her outfit is so complicated. Maybe I’ll do that next year.

      1. That’s great! I love Tifa. Her outfit in that game isn’t a favorite of mine, but it would make for a great first step into cosplay.

      1. Yeah it will be a challenge but worth it and I recommend making a dream board which is basically a poster of all the stuff you want in life like a car or other goals like money, travel, romance etc. I got the idea from a movie called the secret and thought you would be interested in both the movie and idea. I still have to make mines one day but I keep procrastinating it lol

    1. I really want to dress as Terra, Celes or Dagger someday. For my first convention (this summer) I’m going with a simpler costume: Tifa.

    1. I guess they call it a bucket list because it’s a list of things to do before you ‘kick the bucket.’ That is kind of morbid. I wonder where they saying ‘kick the bucket’ came from. It doesn’t sound like an activity that would typically lead to death.

  7. Last/this year I received something tangible, a postcard from the world’s southern most post office, Port Lockroy (in the Antarctic Territory), while the ink upon its back had traversed Patagonia just weeks before. The message took six weeks to reach me, almost circumnavigating the world via the UK to reach the place where the Indian, Pacific Oceans meet a land of red deserts, shallow reefs, and vast empty places more full than one thinks. Makes for a good journey, messages from faraway places.

  8. Good idea.. “The Bucket List”
    I’m going to think about it ‘What I’d really love to do” and add one on my blogs, i liked the Movie too… I’ve seen it longtime ago..

    About a few things you wrote…

    I LOVE Final Fantasy.. i have 16 PSP games on my PSVita and i play every single one of them up to FFXII on plan to buy the one online that’s coming soon on PS4.

    I would see you as Tifa in FF7

    Me I’d like

    What’s your favorite character that you’d like to cos-play ?

    About the Japanese thingy (Language)
    I play a lot of Japanese games theses days Phantasy Star Online 2 and watch a lot of mangas/animes.
    I’d love to to be able to understand and read it too..
    ( My First Language is French)

    And to go to a ComicCon or E3 Event…

    1. I’d really love to cosplay as Terra or Celes from FFVI as Yoshitaka Amano imagined them. Garnet from FFIX would be fun too.

      I’ve played all the main titles except the MMORPGs. I’m just not that kind of gamer. I just recently bought FFXIII, even though I expect it to be a terrible game. Still…. I’m far too loyal. I have to play it!

      As far as Japanese goes. I took a year of the language in college, but it didn’t stick. I just recently invested in a game called Koe, which is a Final Fantasy style RPG that teaches you Japanese as you play. You should look it up. It won’t be out until next year, but it looks very promising.

        1. aw, no support for the indie game makers ^_^. I invested a lot because I wanted to take part in the alpha and beta testing sessions. I’m very excited. Unfortunately, none of that will happen until next year. I assume this blog will still be alive then, so I may have to blog about my experiences.

  9. I usually like indie games/movies/software.. and i give support whenever i can.. I’m short on $ lately.. It might change until it comes out…since I’ve been sick for the last 3 years & can’t work at the moment and just got separate..

    1. I feel you. That’s why I always make a point to buy stuff used. I mean, I just recently bought a PS3 because it’s at it’s lowest price. I’m not spending hundreds of dollars if I can just wait a few years and get it cheaper.

  10. Okay about 3 things on your bucket list are also on mine. I wonder if there are a few that everyone has. Mine is super long but I try to make sure I cross off at least 2 or 3 a year. I went sky-diving in February:)

  11. You are well on your way! It is so important to experience life…A bucket list is a wonderful way to set life goals. Thank you so much for your support. I appreciate that you take your time to read what I write 🙂 p.s. For sure go skydiving…I crossed it off my list years ago…and it was AWESOME!!!!!

    1. Oh man, I have a friend who says we should go sky diving this summer. The very thought is terrifying. I guess that’s why I have to do it.

  12. Hi TK. I love the “wish list” (now there’s the synonym!) you made. It’s inspiring me to make one – mostly I just make “things to do lists” for each day. Then I pick the one that’s the most fun or most pressing and the rest just sit around picking their noses.

  13. Love your list. It is an adventure. I have fallen behind on mine. Sometimes, when I go back, after years, I am no longer interested in some stuff in the list. I guess it changes with the pass of time. Best wishes and may you enjoy/achieve every item in your list and more 🙂

  14. Wow it is just such a small world…your “bucket list” seems almost just like my bucket list. Have fun with all of that.

  15. I don’t care what anyone says, finishing the Harry Potter series should be your main concern right now 😛 Ha. Seriously though, this sounds like a very cohesive set of life goals, well done you 😀

    I’ve made a couple over the last 8 years or so…Maybe actually writing one on my blog will prevent me from loosing it! I still have to go to South America and Antarctica eep! I’m in the process of writing my first book too, it’s amazing…you’ve lost me at the running thing though 😛

    Anyway, thanks for the inspiration 😀

    -Auburn x

    1. Hahaha, please don’t read my review of the first HP book…. it wasn’t a positive review. I’ll get to it though. I’m about the start the second one. I’ll finish the series by the end of the year.

  16. Oh dear! Too be honest, most people who undyingly love it, are those that read them when they were around 11 years old. They do progress, you’ll be glad you stuck with them by the end of the fourth book I reckon!

  17. Looks like we share a few of the same things on our bucket list. You should go to Hiroshima Memorial Park. It is life changing. I had the honour of visiting when I was teaching in Japan.

    1. I’m about half way through. Ironically, I’m stuck on the same book I ended on back in middle school. I will finish it, though! It’s not that I don’t love it. It’s just that it’s such a complex story. Sometimes, I forget the events that least the characters to a certain point.

      1. I know. I read them all in order over a period of a few months so that helped a bit. It must be really difficult to keep track of the characters and events if there’s an interval between reading each book.

        1. I finished the last book I read in the series in January, so I have a significant gap to overcome. Good thing the internet does a good job at helping me remember anything I forgot.

    1. I’ll get there. I may have a save more money for that trip. A friend of mine said the exchange rate makes going to Japan quite expensive.

  18. Or TK, you can teach like I did. Go through JET though. Better pay and you get holidays off. It’s a great way to take in Japan. Then you can hit other places too from there. A lot of people go off to Korea or Australia even India from Japan.

    1. I’ve heard of that, but I have a pretty steady job already. Doesn’t that require you to live in the country for a few years?

      1. You can go for as long as you want. I stayed a year. I was a supply teacher back home took a leave of absence and when I got back I still had my job. Just putting it out there. Something to think about.

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