Bucket List

Buckets.. by Niels Linneberg, on FlickrA list of things I want to do before I die, in no particular order. My plan is to keep this updated as new things occur to me, and if I manage to do any then I will blog about them!

Some of the following might take me years to get around to. One or two are at best impractical, if not actually impossible. However, no one ever said that a bucket list had to be realistic…

  1. Get a tattoo
  2. Write a novel
  3. Visit every continent
  4. Go into space (assuming commercial space travel becomes possible/affordable within my lifetime!)
  5. Take part in an archeological dig
  6. Research my family tree
  7. Learn to ballroom dance
  8. Learn a language fluently
  9. Grow my own vegetables
  10. Walk the coast-to-coast
  11. Visit a literature festival
  12. Somehow overcome my phobia of birds!
  13. Have a short story published
  14. Travel abroad on my own
  15. Get a PhD
  16. Plant a tree
  17. Discover something (I don’t know what) and have it named after me
  18. Watch a ballet
  19. Watch an opera
  20. Learn to knit
  21. Make my own clothes
  22. Read every Booker-winning novel
  23. Do the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge
  24. See the Northern Lights
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  1. Really interesting list! Have you come across the Day Zero website? It started off as the website for the 101 Things in 1001 Days project, but you can put all sorts of interesting lists on there now, including bucket lists. http://dayzeroproject.com/ It’s pretty addictive!

  2. Andrew

     /  April 17, 2013

    I came across your blog soon after reading your piece in this month’s “CILIP Update”.

    I found your bucket list very interesting. If you ever start to think seriously about doing a PhD, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me if you want any insights from someone who’s been there. My doctoral studies provided me with the happiest four years of my life, and gave me a springboard for doing lots of other stuff, like mentoring other students, reviewing academic papers and writing for academic journals and professional periodicals. It was undoubtedly one of the best things I’ve ever done! I can recommend it!

    Best wishes,
    Andrew K. Shenton

    • Thanks Andrew – and apologies for the delay in approving/replying to your comment, I’ve been neglecting my blog of late! The PhD thing is really more of a vague idea than a concrete plan at the moment – I have no idea what I’d actually do it on, for a start! But thanks for the offer, if it ever becomes an actual plan then I’m sure I’ll need all the advice I can get 🙂


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