I've never really had a "bucket list", however, as I sat down to create this list, four items immediately came to mind because they are things that I've talked about wanting to do for many many years. I knew that these four items would be the start of my list!
First, I can't count the number of times I've said, "Someday I'm going to hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon." I probably set this goal after seeing a rerun of The Brady Bunch episode Grand Canyon Or Bust. (I'm sure it was a rerun because the original show aired when I was only two-years-old!) I'm not even sure if it's possible to hike to the bottom anymore or if that might be more than I bargained for, but I'll be doing some research on this and planning a trip soon. (And, of course, after hiking to the top of a mountain, I'm feeling pretty good about our hiking abilities!)
My second goal is to learn to speak (basic, conversational) Spanish. There's a large Hispanic population in Texas, and I've always wished I had remembered the Spanish I (must have!) learned when I took a class in 8th grade. The only things I truly remember are how to count to ten and the phrase como ce dice, which means How do you say? Speaking Spanish is a skill that would have come in extremely handy back in 2005 when I was teaching at an East Texas middle school and had a student in my class who only spoke Spanish! (Luckily I had translation software on my computer, however I felt terrible not being able to help her during the weeks she was in my class before they changed her schedule to one that included more ESL classes/teachers.)Classes in conversational Spanish are offered at our local community college, local libraries, and online. There's also software programs designed to help anyone learn a foreign language, so I shouldn't have any trouble accomplishing this goal if I simply take the time and put in the effort to do it. Si?
I also want to take piano lessons. This goal is complicated by the fact that I've never learned to play ANY instrument, nor have I ever really learned to read music. I can't remember even being in a music class of any kind since elementary school. Well, actually, about 12 years ago, I signed up for piano lessons, however our schedule changed after the first two lessons and I wasn't able to continue. I'm hoping to find a local class for adult beginners and give this goal another try soon.
The final item that's been on my list for years is to learn to ride a horse. I've only ridden a horse a few times in my life, each of those times it was a short ride at some type of tourist attraction where everything is designed for those of us who know nothing about riding. I don't really aspire to owning a horse or anything like that; I simply want to take riding lessons so that I'm somewhat comfortable around horses and might choose longer more adventurous rides at those tourist attractions.
There you have it - the first four items listed on my 50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 list. Have you hiked in the Grand Canyon, learned to speak Spanish, taken piano lessons or learned to ride a horse? If so, please share your experience and any suggestions about these goals in the comments.
Tomorrow I'll be sharing about all the places I want to go and the travel I want to do in the next five years. (Click here to see all my 50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 posts.)