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Holy expletive, Batman – I just logged into my old Livejournal account to look up a 2004 bucket list that I posted. (copied here)

I was looking it up because I wanted to see how my goals have changed, and see where I’ve succeeded in the nearly 10 years since I wrote it. All in all, I have to admit, I’ve done not too bad.

Bucket List from March 2004
First there are the practical goals:
1) Pay off all my credit cards
2) Pay off my car (completed 12/10/2004) and outfit it with the “toys” I want (skid plate, fog lights, roof rack, solid doors, new paint).
3) Buy a house or condo (purchased 07/03/2006)

Then there are the desires that may require money, but also require even more work on my part
1) I want another horse(bought 12/2008), and I want to be able to ride it well enough that I can jump 3 foot fences and canter without fear(more days than not since 11/2012)
2) I want a black belt in a martial art
3) I want to become a published book author (at least trying to publish the fiction book floating around in my head and started on my Palm Pilot)

And finally there are the things crazy ass “Places to go, people to see” things:
1) I want to go to New Orleans during Mari Gras
2) I want to hike the narrows of Zion
3) I want to explore Alaska – a whale watch cruise, off-roading through the wilderness.
4) I want to circumvent the Mediterranean, seeing Vatican City(10/2011), the archeological sites Italy, Greece, and Turkey, exploring Jerusalem, and than walking in the halls of kings in Egypt, and bartering in Casablanca.

Well, it’s a life list. Not everything get’s done in just 1 decade?

It’s now New Year’s Eve – 31 Dec. 2013 – and like everyone else I’m doing my fair share of reflection. I’m determined to make 2014 something that, even if it’s not better than 2013, is something that I at least work to shape for myself. As part of that, I’m working to come up with goals, and I’m trying to define what’s important. Part of that means both defining short term tasks to accomplish and behaviors to adopt, and also defining my longterm bucket list – that list of things that define what I have to do now so I can get to these goals in some distant then.

Ten years older … here is my circa 2014 (non-professional goals) bucket list. (And I still have no desire to learn how to fly a plane)

Bucket List 2014
First there are the practical goals for 2014:
1) Pay off my credit cards (I am such a typical American)
2) Lose enough weight that my size 12 wardrobe of awesome fits perfectly (and give away my cheaper, bought as temporary, larger cloths)
3) Sleep & exercise more consistently (Jawbone UP be my witness)
4) Show my horse over cross rails
5) Complete NANOWRIMO

Then there are the longterm, while I am young, goals that will require a lot of work to earn/do
1) Learn how to jump a horse (my horse?) over 2ft fences, and then consider 3ft
2) Take yoga or martial arts
3) Get fiction published
4) Establish myself as a (regularly hired) narrator of fiction stories and documentaries
5) Perform for The Moth
6) Give a TED Talk

And then there is the “before I die” bucket list of things to accomplish and things to do that require effort but mostly cost money and time
1) Own a Friesian and learn Dressage through level 3 (For when I’m too old to jump horses)
2) Go to Venice for Carnival
3) Hike the narrows of Zion
4) Travel Alaska – a whale watch cruise, off-roading through the wilderness.
5) Circumvent the Mediterranean (not on a cruise ship), exploring the archeological sites Italy (Pompea, Hercilaneum), Greece, and Turkey, exploring Jerusalem, and than walking in the halls of kings in Egypt (Luxor), and bartering in Casablanca.
6) Travel from the southern tip to the northern tip of New Zealand
7) Take an equestrian tour of Ireland or the Roman wall in the UK
8) Drive all of route 66 in a convertible (Jeeps count)
9) Drive the route from Neil Gaimen’s American Gods
10) See the Northern Lights from someplace amazing, for instance in Scandinavia

My bucket list has grown – my goals for myself have grown – in the past 10 years. Here’s to aiming for continued steady progress!

(image credit Niels Linneberg)