Goals, Pipe Dreams And Bucket Lists: What Would You Like To Accomplish In Your Lifetime?

Do you want to climb Mt. Everest, go to the moon, or just bake a perfect soufflé?
Publish date:
November 22, 2013
dreams, goals, bucket lists, accomplishments, to-do lists

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We've all got dreams. You know, those internal wishes that absolutely must be fulfilled in our lifetime or we will be left feeling empty and incomplete.

Sometimes these dreams are a little over-the-top. They might require decades of earnings stashed away in a savings account, maybe even a major lottery win. Other ones might be supremely simple, achievable for a couple of bucks or perhaps even free. To me, those hopes and dreams are what I feel really define us. I think if you want to get to know someone, you ought to ask them what's on their bucket list. That list of things they've gotta do before they, ahem, kick the bucket. Our life wish lists say a lot about us and what's important to us, so I am here to share mine and hear (or rather read) you sharing yours.

First up, I want to be a contestant on "Jeopardy." Really, really badly. I've taken the test online for the past few years and have yet to be selected -- bummer. This fact especially frustrates me when I watch an episode and all of the contestants get the Final Jeopardy wrong, while I'm sitting there shouting the correct response at the TV. ("What is 'Boliviaaaaaaaa'?!")

I am by no means a super genius, but I love reading and learning, and I've always had a knack for trivia. Someday my "Jeopardy" time will come, and I can only hope that I don't get any questions about the Civil War or American Governors because ugggghhhhhh.

Well, after I hopefully win on "Jeopardy," I would like to take a trip on the Orient Express. The famous train line combines many of my favourite things -- travel, luxury, history, and being on a train. I want to chug along across Europe with a bunch of fancy luggage in tow. I'm picturing myself in this scenario eating caviar and wearing a fur hat while meeting fascinating old people from Luxembourg and Hungary. I mean, I'm usually pretty content to eat tacos on my couch but you have to class it up from time to time to maintain balance.

Then there's my dream of petting a baby polar bear. I don't know when or where or how this will happen, but it has to happen. Polar bears are my creatures, man. In another life I was a polar bear or I had one to ride on like the daemons in "The Golden Compass." I realize that these creatures are predators and they do not want to cuddle. But I mean, come on. I have the idiot who came up with the term "bear hug" to blame. All I want is to pet a baby one on its little head or neck. That's all. I don't want to keep it in a cage or take it away from its mama. I just wanna touch and maybe nuzzle for a few seconds.

Eventually I will need a place to settle down, and in my bucket list world that place will be by the ocean. I was born in Nova Scotia and spent my Summers being lulled into a peaceful state by the salt air and whooshing waves. If I could wake up every morning and drink my coffee while listening to the sea, I would feel like I'd found heaven.

Finally, or at least in terms of goals that come to mind at this moment, I'd like to learn to knit. It seems simple but I just haven't gotten around to it. I'm drawn to it because, hey, I like sweaters, and I grew up receiving knit goods from my mother and grandmother on a pretty regular basis. Plus it seems like a pretty productive hobby. If I'm going to be sitting around on my couch I might as well be creating something at the same time, right?

So what about you? What are your must-do's before kicking the bucket? They can be extravagant and impossible, but I think the little dreams are just as interesting, too!