I recently run across references to bucket list and that got me thinking. A bucket list contains something that you always wanted to do but were never able.
I can honestly say that I have done everything that I ever wanted to do.
As a child my dreamed were of hunting and fishing and camping in remote wilderness areas; I ordered the U.S. Navy Survival Manuel and practically memorized it; I dreamed of canoe trips through wild rivers; I fantasized about living off the grid with a beautiful, sexy woman; I wanted to scuba dive and sky dive; I dreamed of living in the Alaska wilderness; and of cars and motorcycles.
As an adult:
· I joined the Navy, and along with other assignments I spent eight years as a Navy survival instructor
· I was a licensed Maine State Guide
· I ran the Allagash river in Maine – a ten-day canoe trip.
· And transited the Okefenokee swamps in a canoe – a ten-day trip
· I was a licensed scuba diver and assistant instructor, and operated my own diving company in Florida.
· My wife and I lived in an old, remote farmhouse with no water, electricity or sewerage while we attended college and made love.
· We spent eleven years in the Indian and Eskimo villages of Alaska as teachers.
· I have owned numerous motorcycles and cars
· I made my first solo parachute jump when I turned seventy.
· I live with a sensuous, sexy, intelligent woman
· And so much more…
We still have little trips and we enjoy the same simple pleasures; but nothing that’s deserving of a bucket list is left for me to do.