A bucket list is a list of everything that you want to be, do, have, and experience in life. I have created this list of 28 items that deserve space in your bucket list.
- Go to Brazilian Carnival
Each year, right before Lent, people from all over the world descend upon Rio de Janeiro for festivities lasting four days and four nights. The Brazilian Carnival has community-based organizations that create the music, dances, costumes and world-renowned floats of the Carnival parade.
- Ride a Mechanical Bull
Mechanical bulls were originally intended for rodeo competitors in training, but now you can readily find them in bars and restaurants. They’ve also become popular at parties and fairs. Put on a cowboy hat, clench your thighs, and hold on for dear life.
- Go tandem skydiving
Tandem skydiving, or tandem parachuting, is a type of skydiving where a skydiver is connected to a harness attached to a tandem instructor. Jumping out of a plane, free falling, then slowing down with a parachute is the thrill of a lifetime.
- Win a Rummy Tournament
- Learn How to do a Perfect Push Up
Push-ups are considered by many to be the ultimate barometer of fitness. Done properly, push-ups use muscles in the chest, shoulders, triceps, back, abs and even the legs.
- Start drinking green tea
Studies have found an association between consuming green tea and a reduced risk for several cancers, including, skin, breast, lung, colon, esophageal, and bladder. So, make it a habit to have drink tea every day.
- Run a Marathon
The feeling of completion after running a marathon is irreplaceable. Try it once for sure.
- Learn Archery
Learn archery, the sport of shooting at a target with a bow and arrow. The bow and arrow have been around for thousands upon thousands of years. This is a sport you don’t want to miss.
- Sing Karaoke
Karaoke is a form of entertainment in which amateur singers sing along with recorded music–with the voice of the lead singer taken out–and a microphone. The music is typically a well-known song. The lyrics usually appear on a screen to help guide the singer.
- Learn to Play Chess
Chess is a game of strategy which can be played by people of all ages. Studies have concluded that playing chess raises IQ scores, strengthens problem solving skills, enhances memory and fosters creative thinking. In addition, it’s not just for the academically-minded; chess can be played at many different levels.
- Learn to Juggle
Juggling is a great combination of physical activity, brain stimulation, and visual stimulation. Not only is juggling entertaining, but it also helps to improve focus and coordination. Juggling can even be used as a method of active meditation, since the concentration required for juggling can help you to quiet down your inner mind chatter and focus on the present moment.
- See the Musical “Chicago”
Attend a performance of “Chicago” a musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. Set in Prohibition-era Chicago, the musical is based on a play of the same name written by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins. Watkins was assigned to cover the 1924 trials of murderesses Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner for the Chicago Tribune.
- Become an Early Riser
There are many benefits to becoming an early riser, including watching the sun rise, getting some early morning exercise, being able to work on a project just because it’s important to you before the day officially gets started, and so on. Becoming an early riser is one of the best habits you can adopt.
- Release the Past
Most of us are haunted by the ghosts of our past: that opportunity that we let slip by; those kids who bullied us in the playground; that love interest who treated us badly; that professor who graded us unfairly; and so on.
- Get a PhD
Get a PhD and master a specific subject thoroughly. By getting a PhD you’ll be joining the intellectual elite. At the same time, you’ll become more critically sophisticated in your area of expertise.
- Invest In the Stock Market
Stocks are a part, if not the cornerstone, of nearly any investment portfolio. Begin by educating yourself on how to invest in the stock market and try trading stocks on paper before actually trading stocks with real money.
- Have a Romantic Dinner on a Rooftop
One of the most romantic dates you can have–with someone you’re dating or with your spouse–is a rooftop date. There are several ways to accomplish this. One way is to find a restaurant with rooftop seating. An even better option is to set up some patio furniture on the roof of your house (if you have a flat roof) or on your building’s rooftop if you have access to it.
- Create Your Family Tree
A family tree is a tree that maps lineage. You can start with the oldest known generation and work forward, or start with the current generation and work back as far as you can.
- Go On a Road Trip with a Friend
Sometimes you just have to hit the open road. Enlist your best friend, or your closest two or three friends in the world. Then, get out there and make some great memories.
- Live In a House by a Lake
Live in a house by a lake and enjoy the views–including wildlife, watching the sun rise over the lake, and seeing the moon’s reflection on the water at night.
- Volunteer At a Dog Shelter
There are many ways in which you can help out a dog shelter. You can donate dog food and treats, as well as grooming supplies and leashes. In addition, you can volunteer to walk the dogs, clean their cages, and become a foster care provider for animals the shelter doesn’t have room for.
- Be Part of a Flashmob
A flashmob is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place–such as a park or a train station–, perform a seemingly pointless act, and then they disperse. Flashmobs are about artistic expression and having fun.
- Show Random Acts of Kindness to Strangers
Showing random acts of kindness to those around you has a lot of positive side effects. Not only does it make us happier, but it also has a fountain of youth effect and gives us healthier hearts.
- Grow Your Own Garden
There’s something deeply rewarding about cooking a meal with vegetables from your own garden. It’s such a simple, honest, and humble feeling to watch your vegetables grow from seedlings into a nutritious bed of goodness for your entire family to enjoy. If you live in the city and space isn’t on your side, buy some pots and start an herb garden or a vertical garden.
- Live in another Country for a Year
There’s only so much you can do when you vacation overseas, and much of it ends up being the main tourist attractions and regular sightseeing hot spots. But if you truly want to know a place (and yourself), then pack up your things and move overseas for a year or two.
- Befriend Someone with a Different Background
Make it your purpose in life to befriend other people who aren’t from the same heritage or background as you. Through learning about how other people live, from their upbringing to their traditions and ceremonies, we can all develop a deeper understanding of how the world works (and why), which will ultimately foster more compassion for others.
- Get to Know Your Home Country
Most people dream of embarking on foreign adventures, but what about exploring your own backyard? Don’t overlook the magic of your surroundings, don’t take your home for granted, and don’t be afraid to go beyond the familiar to uncover the treasures of the land where you live.
- Prepare a Will
A last will and testament is a legal document that dictates what happens to your estate once you pass away. Having one ensures that your assets will be distributed according to your wishes when you die.