Evaluating my 2012 Bucket List!
I've been digging through my old Livejournal recently, a relic of the Internet’s past that I miss so much these days. I miss when blogging was personal, where people posted online diaries about their lives without a care to how messy they seemed, without ads or constant sponsorship. So many of my old entries are terrible, of course, teenage drivel complaining about friends or relationships (or the lack thereof!), lusting over celebrities, fawning over fandoms. But a lot of my old entries are digital time capsules, reminding me of songs I loved, places I visited, shows I watched.
One post I found that stood out was my old bucket list. Written back in 2012, it’s so interesting to see what mattered to me back then and compare it to the things I consider important now. It’s also quite inspiring to see how many things I have actually achieved since writing it. I thought I’d go through it now and see how many things we can cross off together… and I think I’ll draft up a new bucket list for the person I am now, eight years later.
Learn to surf, or at least give it a go [Nope, but I’d still love to try!]
Get married, and have a small, wonderfully themed wedding ('Autumn' or 'Luau') [Nope, sadly, but I’m still dead set on those themes!]
Go on a cruise down the Thames (a nice evening cruise especially, with wine and music) [Yes! I actually did this! Moose and I went on a Thames cruise with his parents as a sort of double-date anniversary gift! It was lovely!]
Take a flight in Concorde* (it'll never happen now, but I've wanted to do this since I was a kid, so it stays on my bucket list.) [fair]
Holiday on a canal boat [Yes! And you can read about it here!]
Publish a comic [Still no, but hopefully someday!]
Get featured in an anthology of comics or art [see above!]
Sell art at a convention [Yeah, I kind of nailed this one]
Visit the remaining Disney parks I haven't yet been to: [prior to 2012!]
--California Adventure Park
--Disneyland Park, Paris [Yep! I’ve actually been six times now! You can read about them in my Disney tag!]
--Walt Disney Studios Park [See above!]
--Hong Kong Disneyland
--Tokyo DisneySea [Yes! Earlier this year! I’m still in the process of writing it up!]
Go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida [Big plans to finally return to Florida finally in 2022, fingers crossed!]
Meet Danny Elfman [Sadly, still no. I've tried several times, though!]
Visit the Valve studios in Seattle [I’d still love to go, but Valve don't seem to be the same company they once were :(]
Own MOC (mint on card) My Little Pony 'Gypsy' [Nope - but someday!!]
Go on a 'Wolf Walk' in Reading [Sadly, they no longer offer wolf walking experiences to the public! Missed the boat here, I’m afraid.]
Go diving (even if it's just a little shallow dive) [Not yet!]
--Similarly, swim around a coral reef, among tropical fish [Still waiting!]
Own a dog [One day!!]
Swim in the Pacific Ocean (I can't believe I've not yet done this) [...and I still haven’t!]
Swim in the Dead Sea
Visit the 'Wonders' of the World I hadn't yet seen:
-Great Pyramid of Giza
--Great Wall of China
--Eiffel Tower [Yep! I'm in the middle of writing up a blog post about it!]
--Leaning Tower of Pisa
--Great Barrier Reef
Go to New York and do all that crazy New York stuff [Yes!! Visited twice, once at Christmas, too, in 2014! Read about that here!]
Ride in a helicopter [Nope… not sure I really care though, now!]
Ride in an air balloon [Nope, but I’d still like to!]
Own my own place [Hah. Yeah. Maybe someday.]
Have a pony room! [See above!]
Go to an ice hotel [No! We were going to go to one in Amsterdam but it was sadly closed the week we went!]
Swim with dolphins [Nope, but I’d still love to, provided we found an ethical place to do it]
Fly first class [Still the dream]
Do a 'high ropes' course somewhere [Maybe when I lose a few stone…]
Go on a banana boat ride [I mean, sure? Haha, not sure if this is bucket list material, but sure!]
Bask on a tropical island [Gosh, yes please. Still would like to!]
Do a Caribbean Cruise [...Maybe even a Disney one and visit Castaway Cay?]
Drink out of a coconut [Yes!! On a street market in New York, which isn’t the tropical destination I thought I’d do this in, but it was great until the heavens opened and we ended up in the middle of one of the most exciting storms I’ve ever encountered!]
Cram all of my friends into a photo booth and take some dumb photos [Well, I’ve crammed some friends into a booth for photos! Not sure why this is a bucket list entry, though! Past me had pretty low expectations, haha.]
Do all the achievements in TF2 [Hah. Only 131 to go…]
Get a pentakill in League of Legends [...Do bot games count?]
Be a bridesmaid [Naw. None of my best friends seem to want to get married :(]
See the Northern Lights [I’d still love to, maybe on a cruise somewhere…]
So, there you have it! That is what 2012 me considered a bucket list! A few of those entries remain pretty solid, to me. I'd still love to visit an ice hotel, for example, and I can only dream of the day I achieve a pentakill in League of Legends! But some parts? I'm not sure why I ever thought a squished photo booth photo or a banana boat ride was that exciting. And visiting Mount Everest? Sounds a bit cold and dangerous, to me!
I'm going to write up a new bucket list. I think I'll be including quite a few things from this old one, but my tastes and priorities have changed a little since 2012, and it'll be nice to see what I can achieve in the next eight years going forward. Do you have a bucket list? Has it changed over the years? Did you manage to tick many things off?
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