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What's on Your "Bucket List"?

Introduced: October 25 2011

This topic involves a little side trip, away from world affairs, politics, and modern society to venture down the path of individual goals and aspirations.

 

The first point of reference for this dialogue is The Way, a movie by Emilio Estevez starring his dad, Martin Sheen. Sheen’s character finds himself on a pilgrimage through the Pyrenees in France and Spain, along El Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James.) It’s a 500-mile trek toward self-knowledge undertaken by pilgrims for more than 1200 years for various reasons – physical, spiritual, intellectual, creative…etc. What an experience! Is it one to add to your list?

 

Note from IWD: Watch for a future Been There / Done That by an IWD Member who's walked The Way.

 

The second point of reference is recent news about Diana Nyad, the 62-year-old marathon swimmer. Over the past several months, she ended two attempts to swim from Cuba to Florida.  It’s her lifelong dream, and she’s made a total of three attempts. Her first unsuccessful attempt took place when she was 28.  This more recent try ended 42 miles into the swim when she was repeatedly stung by Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish. Since her attempt at age 28, another woman has successfully completed the swim, but she used a shark cage, and Diana was attempting the swim without a shark cage. Is THAT on YOUR “to-do” list?

 

As we live our normal lives – there are some out-of-the-ordinary things we’d like to do. AND, there are other experiences we can live without. Here is the two-part question: What experience have you decided you can live without doing?… AND what‘s one that is on your list?

 

Dialogue on What's on Your "Bucket List"?
091:

I will have to live without seeing the gorillas in Rwanda because the people make it too dangerous. I hope to be able to travel individually with each of my 6 grandchildren after they graduate from high school.

304:

Shooting safari – definitely not. Photo safari – definitely.

076:

I would like to go back to school and get a degree in something totally impractical but fascinating – and then teach it to others.

222:

I have given up thinking I will ever be a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, but I would like to learn Chinese. I know they say that China will someday be the largest English-speaking country in the world, but I’d like to not wait around for that to happen.

048:

After reading Eat Pray Love, I decided against an ashram. But the Italian adventure part of her journey sounded appealing.

187:

I have no desire to become an expert marksman but I would like to invent something and secure a patent.

129:

No: Join a circus. Yes: Watch the ponies swim in Chincoteague.



Note from IWD: Every July, wild horses that live on Assateague Island, Virginia, are herded to the narrowest part of the Assateague Channel, where they swim across and then are auctioned. Proceeds benefit the volunteer fire department – and keep the herd at the level allowed by the permit to graze on the land (150 horses).

203:

Bungee jumping…not for me. What I’d like to do is take a month off and work at an animal sanctuary. Maybe Wolf Haven near Seattle. Or Chimp Haven in Louisiana. Or Noah’s Ark – animal rehabilitation center and children care home.

094:

I might like to run for office but would like to start right off at the level of Congress and not work my way up through the town council or state legislature.

056:

I can live without sky-diving, but I would still like to visit Australia and New Zealand.

304:

I’ve always been attracted to the idea of a long hike – or a “pilgrimage” like the one you mentioned last week. I would love to hear from anyone else involved in Intelligent Women Dialogue who has a suggestion or who has taken a hiking trip.



Note from IWD: Watch for an upcoming "Been There/Done That" by a member who's walked The Way and hiked many other beautiful places in the world.

105:

I really enjoyed the movie “The Way.” It made me think about another exotic trip that’s always called to me – traveling along the Silk Road from Istanbul to Hong Kong. Note from IWD: Here’s a web site that gives tips about traveling along the Silk Road in China http://www.travelchinaguide.com/silk-road/tips/

031:

I've had many great adventures during my six decades of life, (eg. skiing the Alps, sailing the Caribbean, climbing Mt. Washington, rafting in the Grand Canyon, and standing on the Great Wall of China), but there is one thrill I still desire: A hole in one. I have accepted that one thrill on my "wish list" will never be fulfilled: to hear Luciano Pavarotti sing in person.

035:

I am not going to sign up for one of the first private citizen flights into space – but I would like to take flying lessons.

076:

I felt really sorry for Diana Nyad to try so persistently and not realize her dream. I find it very interesting that some people choose to do things that push them to their physical limits or put them in harm’s way. When I was studying for my degree, I read about a study in “terror management,” and the theory was that as humans, our need to control our extreme anxiety about death is actually what drives us to engage in risky behavior.

030:

“Give” up for me is Africa because of too much danger -- not from animals from humans, as usual. I create art studios but do not create Art. Like Churchill, I will make that my senior pastime.

091:

I will have to live without seeing the gorillas in Rwanda because the people make it too dangerous. I hope to be able to travel individually with each of my 6 grandchildren after they graduate from high school.

304:

Shooting safari – definitely not. Photo safari – definitely.

076:

I would like to go back to school and get a degree in something totally impractical but fascinating – and then teach it to others.

222:

I have given up thinking I will ever be a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, but I would like to learn Chinese. I know they say that China will someday be the largest English-speaking country in the world, but I’d like to not wait around for that to happen.

048:

After reading Eat Pray Love, I decided against an ashram. But the Italian adventure part of her journey sounded appealing.

187:

I have no desire to become an expert marksman but I would like to invent something and secure a patent.

129:

No: Join a circus. Yes: Watch the ponies swim in Chincoteague.



Note from IWD: Every July, wild horses that live on Assateague Island, Virginia, are herded to the narrowest part of the Assateague Channel, where they swim across and then are auctioned. Proceeds benefit the volunteer fire department – and keep the herd at the level allowed by the permit to graze on the land (150 horses).

203:

Bungee jumping…not for me. What I’d like to do is take a month off and work at an animal sanctuary. Maybe Wolf Haven near Seattle. Or Chimp Haven in Louisiana. Or Noah’s Ark – animal rehabilitation center and children care home.

094:

I might like to run for office but would like to start right off at the level of Congress and not work my way up through the town council or state legislature.

056:

I can live without sky-diving, but I would still like to visit Australia and New Zealand.

304:

I’ve always been attracted to the idea of a long hike – or a “pilgrimage” like the one you mentioned last week. I would love to hear from anyone else involved in Intelligent Women Dialogue who has a suggestion or who has taken a hiking trip.



Note from IWD: Watch for an upcoming "Been There/Done That" by a member who's walked The Way and hiked many other beautiful places in the world.

105:

I really enjoyed the movie “The Way.” It made me think about another exotic trip that’s always called to me – traveling along the Silk Road from Istanbul to Hong Kong. Note from IWD: Here’s a web site that gives tips about traveling along the Silk Road in China http://www.travelchinaguide.com/silk-road/tips/

031:

I've had many great adventures during my six decades of life, (eg. skiing the Alps, sailing the Caribbean, climbing Mt. Washington, rafting in the Grand Canyon, and standing on the Great Wall of China), but there is one thrill I still desire: A hole in one. I have accepted that one thrill on my "wish list" will never be fulfilled: to hear Luciano Pavarotti sing in person.

035:

I am not going to sign up for one of the first private citizen flights into space – but I would like to take flying lessons.

076:

I felt really sorry for Diana Nyad to try so persistently and not realize her dream. I find it very interesting that some people choose to do things that push them to their physical limits or put them in harm’s way. When I was studying for my degree, I read about a study in “terror management,” and the theory was that as humans, our need to control our extreme anxiety about death is actually what drives us to engage in risky behavior.

030:

“Give” up for me is Africa because of too much danger -- not from animals from humans, as usual. I create art studios but do not create Art. Like Churchill, I will make that my senior pastime.

030:

“Give” up for me is Africa because of too much danger -- not from animals from humans, as usual. I create art studios but do not create Art. Like Churchill, I will make that my senior pastime.

076:

I felt really sorry for Diana Nyad to try so persistently and not realize her dream. I find it very interesting that some people choose to do things that push them to their physical limits or put them in harm’s way. When I was studying for my degree, I read about a study in “terror management,” and the theory was that as humans, our need to control our extreme anxiety about death is actually what drives us to engage in risky behavior.

035:

I am not going to sign up for one of the first private citizen flights into space – but I would like to take flying lessons.

031:

I've had many great adventures during my six decades of life, (eg. skiing the Alps, sailing the Caribbean, climbing Mt. Washington, rafting in the Grand Canyon, and standing on the Great Wall of China), but there is one thrill I still desire: A hole in one. I have accepted that one thrill on my "wish list" will never be fulfilled: to hear Luciano Pavarotti sing in person.

105:

I really enjoyed the movie “The Way.” It made me think about another exotic trip that’s always called to me – traveling along the Silk Road from Istanbul to Hong Kong. Note from IWD: Here’s a web site that gives tips about traveling along the Silk Road in China http://www.travelchinaguide.com/silk-road/tips/

304:

I’ve always been attracted to the idea of a long hike – or a “pilgrimage” like the one you mentioned last week. I would love to hear from anyone else involved in Intelligent Women Dialogue who has a suggestion or who has taken a hiking trip.



Note from IWD: Watch for an upcoming "Been There/Done That" by a member who's walked The Way and hiked many other beautiful places in the world.

056:

I can live without sky-diving, but I would still like to visit Australia and New Zealand.

094:

I might like to run for office but would like to start right off at the level of Congress and not work my way up through the town council or state legislature.

203:

Bungee jumping…not for me. What I’d like to do is take a month off and work at an animal sanctuary. Maybe Wolf Haven near Seattle. Or Chimp Haven in Louisiana. Or Noah’s Ark – animal rehabilitation center and children care home.

129:

No: Join a circus. Yes: Watch the ponies swim in Chincoteague.



Note from IWD: Every July, wild horses that live on Assateague Island, Virginia, are herded to the narrowest part of the Assateague Channel, where they swim across and then are auctioned. Proceeds benefit the volunteer fire department – and keep the herd at the level allowed by the permit to graze on the land (150 horses).

187:

I have no desire to become an expert marksman but I would like to invent something and secure a patent.

048:

After reading Eat Pray Love, I decided against an ashram. But the Italian adventure part of her journey sounded appealing.

222:

I have given up thinking I will ever be a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, but I would like to learn Chinese. I know they say that China will someday be the largest English-speaking country in the world, but I’d like to not wait around for that to happen.

076:

I would like to go back to school and get a degree in something totally impractical but fascinating – and then teach it to others.

304:

Shooting safari – definitely not. Photo safari – definitely.

091:

I will have to live without seeing the gorillas in Rwanda because the people make it too dangerous. I hope to be able to travel individually with each of my 6 grandchildren after they graduate from high school.

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