27 Things I Want To Do Before I Die

27 Things I Want To Do Before I Die

My Bucket List

This is day 2 of the July 2012 Ultimate Blog Challenge! I’ve decided to use this platform to switch things up a bit and will share more personal aspects of my life with you dear reader. Hold onto your hats, this month-long ride should be fun!

Today’s post was a prompt on OpenSalon that asked you to think of the 27 things you wanted to do before leaving this earth. You couldn’t put too much thought into it, you just had to let it flow naturally and it could be as profound or relatively insignificant as you wanted it to be.

Well, as you already know, I struggle with procrastination issues, so I’m only completed a few in the three years of this list’s existence. On the plus side, I will always have something to strive for! I’ve highlighted in red what I have already accomplished; what are your goals? Have you achieved some long held ones already?

1. Learn to speak French fluently. I am studying via Pimsleur CDs and even use the French Coach game for my Nintendo DS. I think French is the most romantic language on earth, so I can’t wait to be able to whisper sweet french somethings in my beloved’s ears, preferably as we cross Le Pont Neuf in Paris.

2. Spend a leisurely weekend in a lighthouse off the coast of Maine in the summer. It will be nice to sit in the watch room with a cup of coffee watching the seagulls perform a graceful ballet around me.

3. I want to cultivate more deep friendships with women. There is a blessing in surrounding yourself with good girlfriends who will stick by you through all of the heartbreaks, joys, losses and victories. Their value is immeasurable.

4. I want to walk all the way up to the observation deck of the Statue of Liberty and look out on NY Harbor.

5. I want to experience my first safari in Kenya. There are walking safaris and I think I’m brave enough to try it.

6. I look forward to becoming a grandmother; on my daughter’s own schedule, of course!

7. I want to learn how to ballroom dance. My love of ballroom dancing pre-dates Dancing with the stars, but I’m happy to see that it contributed to its popularity.

8. I want to rescue a Welsh corgi.

9. I’d like to become a bonafide rosarian. I’m a newbie when it comes to growing roses, so I look forward to learning as much as I can about them.  (Ok, I’m probably not bonafide, but I am keeping almost 40 different varieties alive, so that’s gotta count for something!)

10. I want to read more. Thankfully, Open Salon helps in this journey, but I mean I want to find (no, make) the time to delve into some serious, gut-wrenching pieces of literature. I want to become so lost in the pages of a good novel that I will refuse to come up for air.

11. I want to learn how to swim. I want to conquer my fear of drowning and perhaps swim with the dolphins one day.

12. Despite my fears, I wouldn’t mind trying parasailing, after I learn how to swim of course.

13. I never learned how to fish despite my father taking every other sibling to the lake for lessons when I was a child. This time, I’d like my father to join me in spirit.

14. I’d like to learn how to draw or sketch. As a kid, I was so proud of being able to freehand the deer that looked like Bambi that was found in the back of magazines so accurately.

15. If I ever decide to move, I’d like to build my next house. The only thing is that I can’t decide between a victorian or a log cabin.

16. I’d like to learn to sing Opera. The only song that I know or can sing is Ave Maria.

17. I would like to write a budget travel column for a magazine, either online or print.

18. I’d like to finally put the finishing touches on my pond. I’m such a procrastinator!

19. I want to volunteer with an at-risk teen program. I want to make a measurable difference in some young person’s life.

20. I’d like to play a musical instrument. I don’t know which, but it probably won’t be a piano since I suck at that.

21. I wouldn’t be adverse to winning the Georgia Lotto.

22. I want to get in excellent physical health. Soon. (I’m starting an Aqua Zumba class tonight!!)

23. I want to continue to strive to be a better friend and an even better person.

24. I want to live each day that God grants me as if it were my last.

25. I’d like to learn how to fly a plane so that I will be able to relate to the fabulousness of the phrase “a bird’s eye view”.

26. I want to run up and down the emerald hills of Kilkenny, Ireland.

27. I don’t want to die until the previous 26 come true.



Renee King
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  • Leanne Chesser
    Posted at 14:24h, 02 July Reply

    Awesome list! I have a list of goals every year that I accomplish and I have a list of things I want to do before I die (I all it my life list) that I’m slowly working on.

  • Chili ~ Lime ~ Garlic
    Posted at 15:21h, 02 July Reply

    Hi Renee, So glad Leigh posted this on fb for me to discover. I love to experience #2 as well. It just sounds so peaceful. And #3 as well– if you’re ever in Chiang Mai, Thailand, please give me shout!

    #23 is something I really want to do strive for myself also. You have an inspirational plan here and may you have all these and beyond in your beautiful life.



    • Renee
      Posted at 16:17h, 02 July Reply

      A! Long time, no see! I do plan to visit Chiang Mai at some point….I had been checking your site off and on since you guys have so much info there. Thanks for stopping by….and I’m glad the post made you consider some things as well.

      • Giles
        Posted at 08:38h, 23 January Reply

        Renne you really have to visit Chiang mai as its such a wonderful place. My parents are retirees and live there full time. Just thinking about it makes me jealous.

  • Nancie
    Posted at 16:10h, 02 July Reply

    Great list Renee. I’m with you on number 5…would love to go on an African safari!
    And number 21…any loto will do!!

  • Nicolle Olores
    Posted at 19:27h, 02 July Reply

    Seems like you have a lot of things to do. Sometimes we thought about like this that what may be the possible things that we want to happen before we die. Nice post and I agree with you.

  • ElleX
    Posted at 22:01h, 02 July Reply

    Hi Renee! I can definitely relate to items 3, 11, 21, 23 and 24! You have a great list. So which item are you going to focus on next?

  • Minette Riordan
    Posted at 22:05h, 02 July Reply

    Renee, what a fun list, I learned so much about you just from reading this. I love your sense of adventure and fun and that your daughter loves to travel with you. Thanks for sharing. You inspired me to go create my list! One of my top 27 is trek across New Zealand!

  • Lily Dagdag
    Posted at 00:12h, 03 July Reply

    I would love to create a list just like this one. A few things on your list would definitely be on mine. Others (like parasailing, I’m way too much of a wuss for that lol) would not. Good luck completing the items on your list!

  • nhmejia
    Posted at 06:22h, 03 July Reply

    Beautiful list! I think you just gave me the inspiration for my post today!

  • Sisi Jacobs
    Posted at 10:04h, 03 July Reply

    Your list’s got me thinking, glad to see you’ve gotten some of them done, i’m with you on #1, 11, 14, 20, 24, 25 and definitely 27. Have fun working your way down the rest

  • Ginger
    Posted at 12:48h, 03 July Reply

    Love this post! I can’t wait to see more red in your future 🙂

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  • Ruth (Tanama Tales)
    Posted at 16:23h, 03 July Reply

    This is so cool!! Good for you. I also want to learn how to swim and have a Corgi. Keep us updated on how you are doing with the list. I am cheering for you!!

    • Renee
      Posted at 19:59h, 03 July Reply

      HA! You want a corgi too? Excellent! Thanks for the encouragement….I will soldier on!

  • Annette
    Posted at 11:32h, 04 July Reply

    I hope to work on #10 too. There is nothing like getting lost in a really good book!

  • BadJens
    Posted at 01:59h, 19 July Reply

    #1 is certainly a great one – learning a new language opens up a whole new world of experiences and friends and enables you to get almost an insiders view of foreign cultures.

    I’ve done a couple of pimsleur courses and they are ideal for getting the fundamental conversational skills up to speed before moving on to things like language exchanges to really master the language. There’s loads of free resources on the net these days also, even youtube provides masses of language learning stuff to immerse in.

  • Hannah Hamilton
    Posted at 05:29h, 27 July Reply

    This is pretty inspiring. Although in some, you sound funny, but there’s always inspiration when one writes a bucket list. It’s like you owe it to yourself to live a full life. Nice.

    • Renee
      Posted at 11:00h, 27 July Reply

      Thanks, I hope it does inspire others to consider what they may like to do as well.

  • BJ
    Posted at 20:24h, 04 August Reply

    Brilliant list, Renee.

    For all the LOL’s and ROTFL’s that float around on the Internet these days I genuinely laughed out loud when I read this:

    “I wouldn’t be adverse to winning the Georgia Lotto” Haha.

    As in, “Oh well, I suppose if I HAVE to take all of the money off of your hands!” 😛

    Bucket lists are very in vouge as of late and I think that’s a great thing. Despite knowing we have a finate time on this planet, us humans are very adept at ‘wasting’ time. A bucket list might get people to think about their mortailty but sometimes, that’s not a bad thing as it could act as the kick in the pants they so desperately need.

    Myself – I wouldn’t be adverse to taking up a job as Miranda Kerr’s personal masseuse, however, I feel that might be a thought for an entirely different post! 😛


  • Gerald
    Posted at 05:30h, 18 August Reply

    Noticed on one of your “to do things” is that you want to go on a safari to Kenya and specifically do a walking safari.

    I actually did it back in 2004 or was it 2003 and lemmie tell you i wont do it again. We were at Tsavo National park and went on a walking safari. The experience becomes different when surrounded by many trees and you wonder if a lion will spring on you!!

    Its said the game ranger saw a lone bufallo as we were walking in that bush (he didnt tell us otherwise we would have panicked) and told us to take a different route. A lone male bufallo is very dangerous.

  • Anirudh
    Posted at 12:56h, 06 October Reply

    Hi Reene,
    Have you started working on no. 20? If you haven’t yet, then you should start because being able to play piano is one of the most rewarding things you can learn to do.

    Anirudh Bahadur

    P.S. Great list! You have got lots to do! 🙂

  • Kittapak Chaimanee
    Posted at 00:08h, 12 March Reply

    Awesome planning list! I’m from Chiang Mai, Thailand. I read your lists hat was great. I wish you can do all. I’ve never write my plan which would do before I die until I saw your lists. I would write my list and I think I’ll have some lists same you, are the Statue of Liberty in New York City and Safari in Kenya! Thank you very much for sharing, miss!

    By the way, I recommend to visit to Thailand if you have a chance to travel in Asia. To visit Bangkok, Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Krabi (PP island, Koh Tao), Samui Island, Similan (Diving). Traveling in cheap cost (except Southern of Thailand, Nice sand beaches and Islands). Chiang Mai is cheap and nice location and mountain area. 🙂

    • Renee King
      Posted at 09:28h, 12 March Reply

      Asia is definitely on my list! I can’t wait to go! Thanks for stopping by Kittapak!

  • Konrad Braun
    Posted at 12:32h, 29 July Reply

    Wow… pretty cool. Thinking I should get started with my “to do before I die” list. I noticed it’s been a year since you posted this. How has the progress gone so far?

    I love it!

  • Marilyn
    Posted at 21:54h, 28 September Reply

    A great list and thank you for posting this. I want to do many things, not before I die, rather within 5 years. Hope, I will be able to reach my goals. Anyway, Good luck Renee King. Thank you again for the inspiration.

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