introducing operation bucket list and why I will not die any time soon


Welcome to the Operation Bucket List! SOLO style.

As a self-professed list junkie, this is not the first time I talk about my bucket list on the blog. In fact, I wrote about bucket lists in general, and why you should have one, I quoted a number of items from the list in the article In Pursuit of DNF, and outlined 30 things a woman should do before turning 30.


Of course, the idea is not new. In fact, there is a number of 101 things to do in 10001 days, and 100 things to do before you die, floating out there. One of the coolest bucket list projects and one of my earlier inspirations can be found on Nerd Fitness, where Steve is on the Epic Quest to level up his life every year.

But number of days, number of goals… I never did too well with limits and externally imposed structures. My bucket list is a living breathing thing.

I will constantly add to it, and remove from it.

For example, “to read Lord of the Rings” was on my bucket list up until last year. Until I read “The Hobbit”, and realized that I’m simply not motivated enough to do this to myself. [My apologies to Tolkien fans]. And off the list it went.

However, while I have been working on this project for a number of years, this is the first time I am unveiling the actual items on the list. Why?

Apart from my clearly exhibitionist(ic?) tendencies, I want to create some public accountability, so I continue doing awesome shit. The list will also give you (hi, Mom) an idea of why I do certain things. [Because it’s on the list, silly! :))]

Another reason is because I’m scared shitless to share this list. And you all know how I feel about being scared shitless.

Self-doubt does a little dance in my head. What if I fail and not accomplish these things that I publicly said I will accomplish? What if I’ll never write a book or run across Sahara?

Well, guess what? That’s ok. What’s the worst thing that can happen? So I will never give a TED talk. Neither will most people. 🙂 And if I do accomplish any of these things, it will be freaking epic.

And you’ll be sure to read about it here on the blog. Deal?

And if along the way, some of you will get an idea from my list to do something cool – sweet! Creative plagiarism is strongly encouraged! But do write me about it, will ya?

So, here they are – the things I hope to accomplish before I kick the bucket – conservative estimate, but hopefully, way before then.

YOUR TURN: What am I missing? What crazy awesome adventures should I add to my list?

Not about to kick the bucket any time soon,

Posted February 21, 2014

21 responses to “introducing operation bucket list and why I will not die any time soon”

  1. […] item crossed off my bucket list – to see Jesus Christ Superstar […]

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  3. Amanda Fisher says:

    So, what I found fascinating, is that I’ve done stuff on your bucket list, without even thinking it would BE on someone’s bucket list! I’ve attended (was actually a part of) and Indian wedding (I’m assuming you mean – India, not native American), I’ve been to a shooting range (I prefer a .32 to an AK 47) and I went to drive in movies when I was young. 🙂

    I am inspired to do my own bucket list now – I will let you know what it is!

  4. Roz Coates says:

    When you make it to Texas, look me up!
    I’m about to get my 5th tattoo … they’re a bit addictive (I’m sure you’ve heard that).
    I’ve been crowd surfing, when I saw the Sex Pistols. They came through Dallas on their Filthy Lucre tour in ’96. I rode the crowd all the way to Johnny Rotten’s feet; then security would grab me, escort me back to the barriers, and push me back into the crowd. Then I’d ride back to the stage! So much fun!
    Interestingly, I’m going to see Johnny Rotten again this summer, singing King Herald in a new production of Jesus Christ Superstar. So it ties in weirdly to another of your bucket list items.
    A couple of my bucket list items are doing a rim-to-rim hike of the Grand Canyon, and hiking in the Carpathian mountains.
    Last but not least, I love haikus. Will post a few on that blog.

  5. Moogy says:

    Trinity, Trinity!! Good luck with the Merlot/Shiraz…;)..just enjoy…

  6. Goss says:

    Hey, if you’re looking to visit an Islamic place of worship, I just came across this place, via a queer Muslim photo exhibition:
    Might be a good place to start!

  7. Steve says:

    Was the 45lb pull-up strict, or kipping? Great job!

  8. […] of my bucket list items is “to visit the towns of Marathon, ON, and Sparta, ON”. Just […]

  9. […] Welcome to the Operation Bucket List. Here are the things I hope to accomplish before I kick the bucket. [Read more about how this list came to be here.] […]

  10. Doree says:

    This is wonderful Solo. I’m actually inspired to make a bucket list myself – I had a racket about them being self-indulgent (I know, right?!). ALL your bucket lists feel like an awesome life worth living. And you are inspiring others like me to have an even more awesome life worth living. Thanks. You get 2 hugs for this 😉 ~ Doree

  11. SOLO says:

    TWO HUGS? 🙂 Amazing. I’ll take’em.

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