My Midlife Adventure Bucket List
After reading something on Facebook this morning, which incidentally gave me the giggles, I decided to write a post of my own, aimed at my demographic – the midlifers!
I don’t mean to generalise here but I realise that’s exactly what I’m doing and hope not to offend anyone – we all hope to get old enough to laugh at ourselves.
Personal Bucket list tips
What exactly is a bucket list anyway? I just tend to have a list of things I’d like to experience one day rather than thinking of things I want to do before I die, but that’s just me!
The post I read was an Adventure Bucket List full of exciting adrenaline filled pursuits many of which I have actually done – visit a castle (not too much adrenaline needed here?), ziplining (lots of adrenaline), go on a safari, road trip with friends – and there were a few others not on my personal bucket list. Things like cliff jumping, backpacking around Asia, bungee jumping, scuba diving, running a marathon, swimming with sharks, skydiving, whitewater rafting, ride a motorbike….
We each have our own personal bucket list and although I’m adventurous I have a few things that actually terrify me, like heights, being out of control and taking undue risks while overseas away from my own health system. Nothing wrong with that!!
I’m not a scaredy cat – I have trekked in Nepal despite my fear of heights, swinging bridges and steep hills, travelled in India, walked the jungles of Papua New Guinea and the Kokoda Track, backpacked on my own as a mature aged woman, given birth three times and raised three daughters into nice young women. But as I get older I see things differently.
As we age we tend to see things differently
While somethings on the list weren’t too over the top, even for an adventurous midlifer like me, I thought I might make my own list anyway, drawn from recent travels.
As we age we do tend to see things in a different light and what might not seem adventurous to some are very much so to others.
Who would have thought I’d ever go on a zip wire at the age of … well at any age? I’m so scared of heights it just wasn’t going to happen – but it did happen thanks to a whim and being in the right place at the right time – The Eden Project in Cornwall for those of you interested!
That’s what makes the world go around, we are all different and we all see things differently – not better, not worse, just different!
My #12 top bucket list items
Here’s my top 12 items on my bucket list – I just happen to have ticked a few off recently!
Please feel free to add your own ideas to my list – leave me a comment below!
- Drive the narrow roads of Cornwall in a hire car (or any other quintessential English countryside area) in peak summer holiday time when you’re used to wide open spaces of Australia
- Bicycle picturesque rail trails all over the world
- Road trip for a week in Iceland with your 35 year old daughter
- Share a hot tub with Russians late at night
- Get lost somewhere, anywhere, and make it out alive
- Book a dodgy AirBnB for 3 nights
- Discover delicious Gins in Scotland – in fact do a Gin tasting tour of the UK
- Walk behind a waterfall, up above a waterfall and even into a waterfall
- Take a Lava tunnel tour in Iceland
- Take your life into your own hands by cycling in Amsterdam
- Meet up in real life with people you’ve only met on the internet through the blogging community
- Pull an all-nighter in Reykjavik in summer when the sun sets at 11.19pm and rises again at 3.19am
My 9 top tips for making your own list
#1 Don’t think you have to follow everyone else’s list, feel free to make your own
#2 Take into account your own goals and desires
#3 Be a little realistic but don’t sell yourself short
#4 Don’t give up on those big dreams
#5 If you really want to do something then just do it
#6 Don’t count the days, make the days count
#7 Don’t give into that beige woman inside of you – let her out
#8 Think outside the square
#9 Write it down (and send me your list)
And my last tip which I must remember to tell myself from time to time –
What do you think?
Does there come a time when you have to give up the dream of extreme adventures on your bucket list or are they there to stay forever? Or am I just feeling old today and lowering my expectations somewhat????
Although my list looks OK to me at the moment 🙂
Feel free to leave me a comment. I always love hearing your thoughts.
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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