Before I Kick the Bucket

Because I’m a dangerously curious person, in preparation for this post, I researched where the phrase “kick the bucket” came from. Well, it was as disturbing as you would expect from a phrase that means “to die.”

According to Wikipedia (look at me wasting my researching skills), the first noted appearance was in the Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue in 1785, though the actual origins are unknown. There are numerous theories including the hanging of pigs, suicide, and holy water – all more disturbing than the last. Regardless, it means to die.

And because we can’t leave things very well alone, we created the practice of creating a Bucket List – quite literally, a list of things we want to do before we die (in case you weren’t following.)

I haven’t thought a lot about this before today. I’m a bit of a “just go do it” type of person. But there are a few things I’d love to do. Leaving out purely travel-related desires (those are covered here), here’s my list.

  1. See a show on Broadway
  2. Attend the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in person
  3. Cook a live lobster (this appears really cruel on this list, but I’ve always wanted to try it)
  4. Have a “yes” day with my kids
  5. Learn Spanish and ASL (I would put French, but that’s in-process)
  6. Swim with dolphins
  7. Take a trip fully by train
  8. Write a book
  9. Run an 8:00 mile
  10. Create a signature scent for my home
  11. Fly First Class
  12. Ride a horse
  13. Attend a polo match
  14. Take a spontaneous trip (completely unplanned, like go to the airport, hop on the next flight)
  15. Go skiing

I could go on and on…

What’s on your bucket list? Let me know below.

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