Maggie suggested that we create our own fill-the-bucket list which focuses on the opportunities you taken, and things you’ve taken a chance on and done. I think it’s a fantastic idea and a great way to show gratitude for the many blessings that we already have in our lives. I’d definitely encourage you to do your own and share with us!
Here’s my Fill-the-Bucket-List
Trip to Central America
So, I’m typically not an early morning type of person, but occasionally there are some opportunities that can’t be missed. One of the coolest and more memorable experiences was a trip with some close college friends and my wife to Tikal National Park in Guatemala. One of the days we woke up at 4am to hike through a rain forest, scaled an ancient Mayan pyramid, and took in a sunrise overlooking (and listening to) the forest coming alive.
On the same trip, we took the opportunity in Belize to inner tube a river that pushes you through some underwater caves. There were some spots where it was close to pitch black which was really cool and eerie at the same time. The water had a deep blue-green color in the light.
Cooking Class at the Le Cordon Bleu
So my wife studied in Paris, France for an entire summer during her junior year at University. She’s been obsessed with all things French ever-since. Anyhow, during one of our trips to Paris, we decided to take a cooking class at the world-renowned Le Cordon Bleu.
The half-day class was small with only a dozen participants and a couple of instructors. It was given in French and translated into English for us non-native speakers. We got to create several sauces, reductions, and dishes like duck à l’orange. By the time we were done, we had enough food for 2 meals each. After class we took it out to a park and had quite the feast!
Going On My First (and Last) Blind Date
So I reference this on my About Me page, but I’ll elaborate a little further here. Back in my University days, I was kind of caught up in a series of limiting patterns and beliefs. I was completely clueless about love and dreamed about finding the “perfect” one! I was a hopeless romantic, but spent the majority of my time cooped up in my apartment with friends and countless hours playing video games… yes, I was a nerd!
But, eventually I decided to challenge the status quo and took up a friend’s offer to set me up on a blind date with one of her sorority sisters. And well, long story short, that’s how I met my wife. We hit it off and were together ever since… almost 18 years now (married 10). Scariest thing I ever did, but also the most rewarding. 🙂
(No digital picture of this one – too long ago!)
Attending Date with Destiny
So, as you may know at this point, I’m a pretty big fan of Tony Robbin’s wisdom and tools he shares around self-development. Just a few months ago, I had the chance to attend my first live seminar of his. I was blown away by the insights I got and while I was there found an obvious (but challenging) opportunity that ultimately changed my life (if you care to read about it click here for more detail).
This led to attending Date with Destiny, Tony’s 5 day seminar that helps you to uncover your internal blueprint and re-write the parts you wish to change. Life changing and priceless – point being, I’m so glad I took the opportunity to nurture and invest in myself, which ultimately allows me to love and serve others better.
Volunteering as a Field Trip Chaperon
So my daughter K attends a pre-school class a couple of times per week and I had the opportunity to volunteer as a field trip chaperon. It was a pretty simple field trip just a couple blocks away… to McDonald’s of all places!
But, more importantly it was a chance to watch my daughter interact with her friends at school and share her first field trip together. Sometimes it’s the littlest things that put the widest grin on our face. I’m pretty sure though, the calories we burned walking to and from the classroom didn’t cover the caloric intake from lunch that day… ah well.
Blowing Up a Car!
So, last, but not least. I had the unique opportunity to blow up a car! As a child I had always wanted to go into the special effects field. After selling my company, I had the good fortune to spend some time “playing” as an adult and decided to take a 5 day special effects course out in Orlando, Florida with a special effects company and stuntman.
We got to play with the coolest toys – a heavy-duty fog machine, air canons, fireworks, blank guns, and for the grand finale we blew up the car. 🙂 And yes, this was in a completely controlled environment with safety as the priority before anything else… so don’t try this at home!
I had only planned on writing about 4 opportunities, but I couldn’t help myself. 🙂 Thanks again to Maggie and Sarah for the inspiration. This was one of the easiest posts to write. Remember, becoming financially alert is also about gratitude and appreciation for what you already have.
When it comes down to it, we all have had opportunities we’ve taken along our path in life. The Fill-the-Bucket-List is a great reminder to cherish the great experiences we’ve had, and also a reminder to continue taking future opportunities.
Life is short. Life is a gift. Live it well.
Readers, I’d love to hear about your Fill-the-Bucket-List! What’s in yours?
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