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My bucket list consists of some big and small experiences I hope to have this year. If you are anything like me, you like to take really small steps out of your comfort zone. When I am looking to do something, I look at who I can do it with and what I can gain from the experience. Is it a bonding experience, a learning or teaching experience, a pampering experience, or a way to step back and remember the bigger picture?
These are usually the deciding factors for me when I make plans. If I do not think I will enjoy something I really try to steer clear of it. I just really do not see the point in wasting time and energy doing something that I do not want to. But I also encourage you to remember that sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone can be an amazing and eye opening experience.
Now this bucket list is certainly a work in progress. I will be ok if I do not get to complete all of these things this year, but I truly want to have these experiences in the near future. It is already April, so I guess I need to start tackling some more things on this list.
1. Run a 5k
I actually have run a 5k in the past. We did one honoring cervical cancer and one for breast cancer, and I signed up a few days before with my school’s biology team. This time I want to actually prep for the race, and maybe even get a team to come with me. Running a themed 5K would be even more fun!
2. Make a City Day Trip
I have always want to take a day and go visit a city or town nearby. I really want to visit Philadelphia. I feel like I have visited almost all the towns nearby it, and I really want to visit the historical sites there like the Liberty Bell.
3. See the Northern Lights
Seeing the Northern Lights has always been a dream of mine. I recently learned that there are some places near me that I can travel to and see them. I hope to see them this summer!
4. Get my Driver’s License
In New York City not everyone has or uses their license. I have had my permit since I was 16, but with accessibility to public transportation and being able to ride with family members I never got my license. Now I hope to get my license sometime this summer.
5. Go on Vacation
I have not been on a real vacation in over two years. Of course, I am in no way complaining. I get to travel frequently for academic and volunteering related purposes. At the same time, I would really like to take a few days to just relax and explore a new city with my family. I really want to go somewhere tropical, go back to San Francisco, or go to Europe. I love visiting historical sites, and learning about the history of different places so I am always up for an adventure.
6. Have a Huge Water Balloon Fight
I have always wanted to have a water balloon fight. Luckily, I know my family will definitely want to join in on the fun. Ok, so here is what I want to do. I want to have my family dress up in all white clothes. Then we take balloons filled with colored water, and have a huge colorful balloon fight. I think it would be pretty awesome!
7. Volunteer at a Nursing Home
I have worked with the elderly in the hospital and various clinics. It is very easy for people to forget that once these people were just like us – young and having adventures. I think it is very important for younger generations to be connected with older generations. They have so much wisdom and compassion to offer, and I am sure they enjoy the ideas and stories we can contribute to them. Just try having a conversation with an older person and you will see how great it is to see the world through their eyes.
8. Learn Sign Language
I have been interested in learning sign language for some time now. At my church, they teach sign language to a few people every year. This ensures that all members of the congregation have access to the sermon. Since learning about their program I have realized how important it can be to learn another language, not because it will help you be more qualified for a job, but to make someone else’s experiences more worthwhile.
9. Learn Archery
Ok this blog is a judgement free zone. So, I know I can trust you with this information. I am OBSESSED with archery. This is mainly because I adore history, and in many societies archery was a tool that was used for various tasks. It served for hunting, defense, and sometimes just for showing off. Plus, in some cultures it was a skill that women were allowed to participate in – something that was not always common – such as in the Mongolian and Viking empires. Hence, my fantasy to ride horses and shoot arrows, haha.
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What are some things you are looking forward to doing this year? Are there any experiences you have had in the past that have made you grow?