It’s my mums 50th birthday tomorrow and it made me realise that in under four and a half years I’ll be turning 30. Naturally, I Googled bucket lists for before you turn the big 30 and it was full of things based loosely on a person who hasn’t yet settled down and had babies. Things like travel the world, go to lots of festivals, go on a road trip around America; of course I’d like to do all of those things but I don’t feel like I’ve missed out just
because I didn’t fill my twenties with constant goals. Most of my friends who are in their twenties, thirties and even forties are guilty of saying that they haven’t done enough. I’m not going to give myself false hope to accomplish major life experiences in the next four years when I (if it goes to plan) have my whole life ahead of me. Let’s face it, I may not get to see New York City in my twenties and I may not skydive until I’m sixty but I’m not setting myself a time scale for my goals in life. When I get there, I get there. I’m also not going to be one of those people who dream my whole life about things I’m aiming to do without actually achieving them! Right now my priorities are my son, money, saving, a house and basically being a grown up (I promise I’m not saying all of this through gritted teeth). I wish I had the time and money to do whatever I want but it just means that getting there may take a little longer to save and plan for but when the time comes and I am walking around Time Square with a Statue of Liberty crown on my head, the hard work and effort will have made that moment extra special.
So my LIFE bucket list kind of goes like this:
1. New York City
I’m not sure if you’ve gathered by now that my number one place I’d love to visit is NYC. Yes I would be the typical tourist (as mentioned above with the SOL crown) who would bring back an ‘I heart NYC’ Tshirt and take a million pictures of everything and bore everyone back at home.”This was a really cool taxi driver that I met who had an ACTUAL NEW YORK ACCENT. That’s a yellow taxi. Another yellow taxi. That’s me outside of the yellow taxi…” You catch my drift. I’d love to go during Christmas time where the lights and giant christmas tree is out to display, ice skating at Rockfeller Centre and sipping hot chocolate. Central Park, the boathouse, the memorial, NYC museums, Broadway, Empire State Building and obvs… SHOPPING. (Also I kind of feel this intense urge to go to Central Perk Cafe and get typical mugshots of myself lounging around “THEE sofa”. Oh God, how I yearn to visit this magical place.
Florida or Paris. Why be fussy when you’re in one of the happiest places in the whole world? Yes, I’m one of those people. Not sorry.
3. Go on a Segway
Says one of the most clumsy people who has ever walked the planet, let alone ride one of these bad boys. But they are the DAMN FUTURE.
4. Sleep in a luxury tree house
Now, I’ve wanted to go on a luxurious tree house holiday for years but they’re ridiculously expensive. I mean you’re literally sleeping up a tree so it’s hard to justify the money sometimes when you could use the money for a longer trip somewhere else. But I have to get past that and just go for it. Sleep in a tree and ignore the modern world for a couple of nights where we DO get caught up in the latest technology or wrapped up being unsociable on Facebook. I used to want to live in a tree house when I was going through a bohemian “feel the energy” vibey phase, that was extremely short lived. If I met seventeen year old Courtney I’d have a few words. If you can recommend a place that does these holidays then let me know!
5. Learn to swim
Take the piss all you like but I had a major phobia of putting my ears under water when I was a child (I was prone to ear infections when I was much younger) and I lacked confidence in a swimming pool. Back in May, I went in a pool for the first time in years. It was lovely just me, Jamie and Dexter so I felt relaxed and comfortable enough to float around without feeling judged. I need to learn to swim.
6. Own a swimming pool
Hey, you got to dream big.
7. Learn Sign Language
I’ve already started to learn British Sign Language at home and I’m picking it up pretty well. I’m going to take classes and gain a certificate AND FLUENTLY SPEAK using my hands some day, for sure.
8. Own our first car
We’ve had the baby, we’ve done the whole wedding thing, we’ve furnished and decorated our home, now it’s time to own a car (dreaming of a VW Beetle but I don’t have that kind of money spare and Jamie wouldn’t be seen dead in one. Also he’d have to shrink about three foot).
9. See the Northern Lights.
Need I say more?
10. Experience Zero Gravity.
I’d be surprised if there is someone out there that DOESN’T want to experience this. If you’ve done this then let me know how amazing it was, this is up there with one of things I’ve always wanted to do.
11. Go to the airport and take a random flight.
I’ll have to wait until my son and any other children have spread their wings but I’ve always dreamt that me and my husband would book time off work, pack a suitcase, take any saved money for a trip and just decide where we are going at the airport. It’s spontaneous, fun and probably really irresponsible. Perfect!
12. Publish a children’s book.
That’s the dream! Here’s to hoping!
13. Learn to play an Instrument
So I dabbled here and there on the piano at school but I didn’t have the confidence to perform in front of people. Social anxiety was a bitch when it came to performing in front of HUMANS. But I saw a show a few years ago about a bunch of middle aged people who learnt something new in the space of a month whether that be a language, dance and of course an instrument. So if someone would like to invest in a piano or a keyboard for yours truly then please do! That’s the instrument of my choice.
14. Write myself a letter and read it ten years later
Sometimes I look back at my self ten years ago and wish I could go back to give myself some stern or reassuring words of my wise (ha) 25 year old self. But then I think if I had the opportunity then would I? Probably not. Because it’s made me who and where I am today. So in ten years it’d be cool to look back and remember who I was (the girl I am today!) and how I became older and wiser.
15. Donate Blood
I was supposed to donate blood when the “good deed” thing was going viral. I’d always been scared of needles and blood tests but that’s no excuse to not save a life. When I looked at the statistics of how many people you could potentially save just by giving blood once, I booked it straight away. Unfortunately I couldn’t go ahead with it because I fell pregnant but this is something I really think I and a lot of other people should do.
Because who doesn’t like being a total dork and dressing up?
17. Visit Auschwitz
This is possibly one of the most heart felt and heart breaking things I want to do but I don’t need to go into why it’s so important to take the time to educate yourself as much as possible on such a horrific piece of history. We should never forget the innocent lives that were lost during this time and I’d like to pay my own respects one day by visiting.
18. Buy a map of the world and pin all of the places that I have been.
So this might take a while but it’s something I remember seeing in films. How cool would it be to look at this poster of the map of the world yet have your own life and travelling experiences reflect through several pins? It’d be a dream come true.
19. Use a fake name at Starbucks
Might seem dull to some. But a certain friend of mine will understand this due to the struggles of her always getting the wrong name on a takeout coffee. It’s a tribute to you babes!
20. Watch a Ballet
I’ve always wanted to travel to London and watch the ballet. Whether that be the obvious Swan Lake because it’s so beautiful or during Christmas time when they perform The Nutcracker!
21. Buy our own house.
We have a plan, it’ll happen. It just requires time and saving a lot of pennies but one day I’ll have that moment where I look around and know that we made it. That we can have our own home to do whatever we like with. Whether it be a life long home, an investment or something to leave for our children. OH AND THAT MEANS I CAN GET A DOG!
22. Have another baby
This doesn’t mean that you can all bombard me with “when is number two coming along?” It’ll happen when it happens and when we are ready. Is this something you’d usually put on a bucket list? Either way, now you know.
23. Visit Santa in the North Pole.
Not kidding and not necessarily with my children. Just because Santa…
I highly recommend a bucketlist to anyone! It’s such a fun way to give yourself something to aim for. It doesn’t have to be big trips away or anything either, it can literally be anything that you want or even free!
I can’t wait to complete my bucket list and tell my grandchildren one day what a badass granny they have. Maybe my last thing on my fresh bucket list should be ‘stick with one hair colour’ because I kind of went blond last week and I’m already thinking about going back to my pink ways. Nah…
24. Get rainbow hair
That’s more like it.