The Bucket List of the Mundane

I was checking out Todd’s blog and he had a picture of a chalkboard that read “Before I die, I want to___________” written multiple times.  I responded with:

  • …ride a hot air balloon.
  • …drink coffee from the rooftop of a Vietnamese hotel (again).
  • …learn to do bicycle climbs like Landa.
  • …read the complete adventures of the Three Musketeers (not just the two that make it into films)
  • …fall hopelessly in love with someone who would do the same with me.
  • …write the perfect sentence.
  • …take an Alaskan cruise.
  • …go zip lining.

Granted, some of that is off the cuff and really hasn’t been thought out.  However, I liked the exercise, and it does make me wonder about my bucket list.  The thing is, my bucket list has a lot of different facets.  It isn’t all about death defying experiences.  It stretches from the wild to the mundane and back again.

Let us begin with the mundane: Learning

I want to learn

  • how to properly tape for a painting job.  Every time I do it, things just bleed through, or the pain chips when I am peeling off the tape.  I bought Frog tape, falling victim to the advertising probably, but I haven’t had the chance to use it yet.
  • how make ice cream.  Maybe it is because I want smaller batches, or maybe it is because I want it taste better.  Maybe I am just afraid of the crap that they put in the bargain ice cream….(ahem) I mean frozen dessert.
  • to Tango.  Pretty self explanatory.  If not, check out the movie with Antonio Banderas.
  • to take better pictures.  Walking two steps forward was good advice, but now I need something else.
  • to cook some exotic and impressive dishes.  I don’t have any idea what these would be at the moment, but the idea of being a better cook is swishing around in my brain.
  • how to do more than change a flat tire on my bicycle.
  • how to play Wish You Were Here on the guitar.
  • hang pictures easily and at the correct height.
  • make bread.
  • play Go.
  • ride a motorcycle.
  • play racquetball
  • ride a horse
  • fly a helicopter

By the end, the list got a bit more ambitious than when I started.  That is what happens when I start thinking about it.  My ambition grows.  Since that isn’t a bad thing, I certainly don’t mind and look forward to future installments.

What would you like to learn

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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10 Responses to The Bucket List of the Mundane

  1. Heide says:

    Great post, Anthony! I like the idea of setting smaller, achievable “mundane” goals. If I may offer a suggestion for your fourth bullet point — “to take better pictures. Walking two steps forward was good advice, but now I need something else” — have you ever tried kneeling or even getting down on the ground? It’s surprising how much a little adjustment in perspective can change your photos. You’re on your own with riding a motorcycle, though. 🙂

  2. Hunida says:

    Haha just read that post of Todd’s. I couldn’t really think of anything besides “eat all the food” like there is a lot I wanna do but I wouldn’t be disappointed if I died before getting to any of them.

  3. I like your list! There are so many things I want to learn… I’d love to learn glassblowing and other glass working techniques, I’d like to learn how to better use my beloved power tools (self-taught will only get you so far), and I’d love to learn how to really sew (self-taught again). I’m with you on the ice cream, but I’ve thus far avoided it because then I will have ice cream. I’d really like to learn to chop vegetables like a chef. And I wish I could learn how to love going to the gym. Mostly, I hate it, but I’m sure I’d go more if it wasn’t such a chore.

    There are also plenty of things I would have loved to learn were I not such a klutz – helicopter piloting, unicycle, trapeze, mountain climbing – but I think those hobbies would shorten my life rather than enhancing it.

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