Bungee jumping, traveling the world or even getting married might be on your list of things to do before you die. What goals do you wish to accomplish before your final hour? What do you want to leave this world knowing you did? What experience on this planet is going to ensure you a peaceful transition into the after-life?
Did you write it down? Make it real? Go for it?
What’s on your bucket list?
History Professor Adam Chill said the top three things on his bucket list are to take a cruise to the Greek islands through the Black Sea, tosky dive and towalk on the Great Wall of China.
Those are things on his list he has yet to accomplish, buthe has many others that he already checked off.
“I always wanted to go to England and Ireland and I’ve been there several times now for my research. I kissed the Blarney stone after I was told the people that work there pee on it,” said Chill with a wide grin on his face remembering this exact moment in time.
Becoming a history professor was yet another goal Chill got to mark off his list, but his most important bucket listdream was completed this past summer.
“I always wanted kids and I had a son this summer,” said Chill, smiling like a proud father.
The things on philosophy professor Brendan Lalor’s list are much more intimate. Lalor’s top three goals are to give and receive love in a way that fear doesn’t play a hindering role, totake the bucket list concept into other areas of his life and todie without regret.
“I would love to go into a classroom with a bucket list, a way my energy can be spent well and not wasted,” said Lalor.
Lalor couldn’t pick just three things, however.
“I’d like to see Machu Picchu and have a close encounter with a non-human mammal, a whale – maybe swimming with humpbacks,” said Lalor with a thoughtful expression on his face.
But he, like Chill, has been able to peck away at items on the bucket list andmade some rather interesting memories in the process.
“I ate an iguana once, I’m a vegetarian now…” said Lalor. “On the island of Patmos, a Holy island, I violated the sign that said no nudity allowed on the beach. I figured it’s good to do something like that on a sacred island.”
These memories, he believes, are what will ensure he live his life to the fullest.
“I’d like to die well, do it without regret, with grace and love and wisdom and joy. To have the opportunity to face the last gateway with peace of mind – it’s been beautiful, it’s been great,” he said.
Others goals are more personal, like those ofEnglish professor Drennan Spitzer. She hopes to complete a couple novels about young adult fantasy that she has been working on.
“I’ve always done all kinds of writing, but the fiction has been recent,” said Spitzer.
Spitzer’s bucket list also includes running a marathon, which she is currently registered for in the late fall. She also would like to travel internationally more.
One of her proudest accomplishments on the listwas earning her doctorate.
“I finished a PHD, that’s always been a big thing,” said Spitzer smiling shyly.
But professors and older adults aren’t the only ones with things they’d like to accomplish before they kick the bucket.
“I want to go to Italy, bungee jump and go to space. I think it would be really cool,” said Erika Carter.
Other students like Alyssa Smith have more personal things on their bucket lists. Her mother had a double hip and knee replacement. Smith always wanted to see her mother walk without pain and she finally got to. Now she can focus on completing the other things on her bucket list.
“I want to own a Dalmatian, marry a firefighter, be friends with someone whose handicapped and write a book – but that will never happen because I’m like illiterate,” said Smith with a chuckle.
Students like senior Krista Goddard want to focus more on the fun stuff.
“I want to learn to surf, live in California and learn to cook really well,” Goddard said.
But even at only 23, she is proud to have accomplished things on her bucket list like learning how to snowboard, getting her license, going to college and living outside Vermont.
The concept of a bucket list, people say, gives a sense of motivation to the lazy, a chance to realize that just because life will end one day doesn’t mean you have to sit around anticipating it.
“I think the concept is awesome, even if you don’t write it down. When you finally do it you’re like OH YES, I finally did that!” said Goddard while clicking away on a Mac during herweb content and site development class.
So, what’s on your bucket list?