The story of a 102 year old woman arrested by police to fulfill a "Bucket List" wish made the rounds of the interwebz. Not being one to regularly contemplate my mortality, this story struck me and I have to be honest, I jotted a few things down.
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!” - Hunter S. Thompson
I have always been fond of the image this Thompson quote evokes and chuckled to myself recalling ziplining through the jungle in Belize, parasailing off the Outer Banks and diving with reef sharks sans a cage in Honduras. A little heart pounding is good for the soul and I'll take twice my share.
So, what's left? What can I do that might make my heart jump into my throat followed by hysterical laughter and that sense of being fully alive? Thank God for the Interwebz.....
Close to home, I want to ride the Tail of the Dragon on US 129 in Deals Gap, North Carolina. On a motorcycle of course, and likely at a speed a tad faster than recommended. Eleven miles with 318 turns, pegs dragging sounds like a life affirming event.
Halfway around the world, I think I'd enjoy an African Safari. There is so much to see on the continent of Africa that you just won't see anywhere else, it seems you shouldn't pass up the opportunity. Preferably, I want to see big cats, elephants and giraffes from an open air Jeep.
Also in Africa I want to dive the sardine run off the coast of South Africa. Underwater with every imaginable form of sea life during what is likely the biggest feeding frenzy in the ocean sounds both terrifying and amazing. I've seen and interacted with many types of sea life. Sea turtles, reef sharks, sting rays and even sea horses. But can you imagine how insignificant you would feel in the water with a whale? Deliciously small and destructible.
If I survive and don't become some's dinner, I would like to go to Machu Picchu in Peru. Mostly because I like saying it, but also because it lies in the jungle and holds the secrets of one of the original known civilizations in South America, the Incas. Seeing ancient ruins & exploring them when possible is an amazing experience that reminds you we are really only here for a blip.
To wind down and relax back home in the good old US of A, I want to hang glide off the sea cliffs in Northern California. Yeah, I know. I'm gonna have to be strapped to someone who actually knows how to hang glide. I am 100% fine with that. I have little shame when it comes to getting a dose of adrenaline.
This big blue ball is full of amazing and awesome stuff and not all of us will live to 102 to experience everything we might put on a list. So get out there! Do something amazing. And if like my 102 year old inspiration you think your Bucket List might get you arrested, be sure someone is holding your bail money.