It’s happening. I’ve denied it. I’ve ignored it. I’ve tried to go the other direction. But, it’s happening. I am turning 40 exactly one year and one month from today. Cue the violins.
What’s with the whole “over the hill” thing anyway? Sheesh! The way I see it is if 40 is “over the hill”, 39 must be the summit, and I don’t intend on wasting it.
For the past two months, I’ve been putting together my 40 before 40 bucket list. I have picked things off the ever growing list I keep in my journal. I have poached ideas from other people’s bucket lists. I have searched the Pinterest bottomless pit of life’s must dos. I have only included experiences I’ve never had before, and it’s going to be legen…wait for it….dary. You fellow 40ish year olds will get that reference;).
Without any further buildup, here’s the list:
- Swim with manatees
- Go on a train trip in the US
- Stay in an igloo or ice hotel
- Drive on Route 66
- Go dog sledding
- Go fat tire biking
- Play a game of paint ball
- Go snowboarding
- Learn to play Andrea Bocelli’s “Time To Say Goodbye” on guitar
- Drive a tank
- Have coffee on the River Walk in San Antonio, Texas
- Walk on the yellow brick road in the Land of OZ (No, I am not losing my mind. It’s a real place in Beech Mountain, NC.)
- Edge walk at Toronto’s CN tower
- Go horseback riding on a beach
- Milk a cow or a goat
- Sleep in a yurt
- Jump into a pool fully clothed
- Go on a solo trip (not for business)
- Place a bet on a horse
- Hike “The Narrows” at Zion National Park, UT
- Participate in a Chinese tea tasting
- Walk on the Great Wall of China
- Shuck oysters
- Wade in a cranberry bog
- Do a Polar Plunge
- Hit the archery bulls-eye
- Go curling
- Take fencing lessons
- Go skeet shooting
- See the Terra Cotta Army
- Ride a Segway
- Sleep in a capsule hotel
- Hike into Antelope Canyon, Arizona
- Have my palm read
- Go Zorbing
- Go on a family camping trip
- Go hang gliding
- Go to a trampoline park for a date night
- Go spelunking
- Sleep in a covered wagon or a gypsy wagon
I know. It’s probably more like a two bucket list, but I’m determined to make it happen. You are only at the summit once, right? Well…wrong….I plan on acting like a kid for years and years to come, but it’s an excellent excuse for a bucket full of fun!
I’ll be writing about each experience as I check them off the list. It’s going to be an exciting (maybe a little wild) ride!
So, who’s signing up for the Polar Plunge with me?