The sun is shining, the birds are singing – time to think about death. Okay, maybe that’s not the purpose of all those articles that tell you the 10 things you need to do before you die. But once you tack on that unnecessary “before you die” condition (as if you’re going to do these things after you die), what else are people supposed to think about? Why can’t we just do these 10 things before next Wednesday?
Actually, thinking about your “bucket list” might be the only way you ever get around to doing some of this stuff. Procrastination makes fools of us all; we put off all manner of activities, even the fun ones, and we do so at the risk of never getting to do them at all. So here’s my personal bucket list of 10 things that I’m going to do this summer.
- Cook up a batch of grasshopper tacos.
2. Go horseback riding.
3. Learn to play “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top” on the guitar.
4. Try lawn bowling.
5. Plant something.
6. Drink a new kind of beer every day for a month.
7. Bake a cake for my Mom.
8. Go vegetarian in June.
9. Fly in a helicopter.
10. See if I can still do a handstand front-flip.
Now, while I don’t necessarily recommend #10 for everyone, the food items seem pretty do-able. Lots of food items to choose from – including the one where I plant something. That’s probably going to end up being food, too. What, you were expecting something different? I’d have to get a license to grow that. Besides, I’m already going to be getting myself hammered on all sorts of exotic microbrews. Maybe I’ll do the microbrews in June. Beer is vegetables, right?