My birthday which is in January is always a reminder to express gratitude for who I am and for my life in its entirety. It is also a time for self reflection. It is a time to look at my plans, my road map for my life so to speak. Today I shall review 60 things out of my bucket list of 100 things to do. If I am lucky, I shall get to do most of these things in my lifetime. I think it is something worth writing. I enjoy going through it and working out the maths involved in cost or years required. So here are the first 60 things on my bucket list. I have done some of them, but most of the items remain I have not fulfilled.
1. Climb the Kilimanjaro
The Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania and is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free standing mountain in the world. I hear it is quite the challenge to climb. This is ideal for me because I love challenges. I plan to climb this within four years. If you are interested, let me know, you could be one of my climbing partners. If you have climbed it yourself, let me know how you found it.
2. Write and publish best selling books
I really enjoy writing. I hope I can get to the point where I am actually published and reach a lot of people. I have a few friends who have been published and it is such a great feat to 1) Finish a book 2) Have it published 3) Have people read it and actually give you feedback about how great it is while also bringing their perspective on the characters. Now only if I can actually sit still and finish my manuscripts.
Write a blog
I write this blog. Hurray!!!!
4. Travel somewhere incredibly beautiful, meaningful and relaxing with my parents
I love my parents, and there’s nothing I would love more than to travel somewhere with them. It would probably be Prague or Rome. Although my parents have been to both places before, it holds a special meaning for them and I haven’t visited Prague so it would be great to do it. But first, I must work and save enough. The last time I checked, the airlines do not accept promises of double pay when I can afford it. The actually want their money now 🙂
5. Go skiing
Need I say more? Those ski locations are so stunning
6. Speak a new language fluently
This is work in progress. I am learning French, I have studied it off and on for a while now and I can’t wait to become fluent.
7. Mentor someone
The power of mentors and mentoring programmes is something that is probably less celebrated than it should. I wonder if there are structured mentor programmes in the communities in which I grew up? Or in the more urban cities?
8. Become a certified exercise to music instructor
This is something I am keenly researching. It is something that is a useful skill and will ensure that you have an extra set of skills with which to earn some extra money on the side, or just commit to service in some way in the community by running aerobics, or body combat classes for older people, or just people who may not be able to afford a fancy gym. Why not? The best part is that in return, your body will remain fit and active. Win win
Understand and practice yoga
10. Kiss in the rain
Ah the bliss, the love, the sheer joy and happy tears from the heavens.
11. Learn to swim
Yes, this incredibly essential life skill has not been acquired by yours truly. I had hoped to be able to swim before hitting 30, I tried a few times but just did not follow through. Hopefully 2015 is the year.
12. Learn to ride a bike
What can I say? I only piggy backed on my brothers’ carry-on bikes as a child. As I grew older, I just was not interested. It looks like such fun when people are doing it.
Study for a postgraduate degree full time away from my home country
Learn to bake
15. Read the Bible cover to cover
Hopefully I can do this. When I was growing up, my parents would have us read parts of the bible together most nights. We would start on one book of the bible, reading it for a few weeks and finishing it before the next book was started. It was great. It is something I want to do again, from start to finish.
16. Read another religion’s holy book
Broaden my horizon and that sort of thing. It would be between the Quran and Bhagavad Gita. We shall see.
Visit the Mona Lisa at the Louvre
It was wonderful to stand in line and go into the louvre, to finally behold Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece. I am doubly glad that I shared that moment with my sister.
Visit the temple of Olympian Zeus
I am a big fan of Greek mythology, so it was great to visit Athens and walk through the ruins of Acropolis and visit the temples.
19. Read Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Read a synopsis of it and see why.
Spend six full months being a non-paid volunteer
I had a great time volunteering at different grassroot organnisations doing great work around clean water supply to rural communities and legal counselling for people affected by domestic violence and abuse. Some of the friends I made during that time have become lifelong friends. That was my introduction to the career path that I chose.
21. Start a business
I would like to start up a business around coffee and the arts. We shall see how that goes
Live and work in another country
23. Marry my deepest love and dearest friend
Amen. As you know, I have many people championing this cause including my wonderful aunt about whom I blogged in “How to find a Husband”
24. Have children
25. Trek the El Camino De Santiago
I want to do the pilgrimage and walk the “walk of St James” for three weeks. A good friend of mine did it and talked about a certain sense of freedom and self-awakening at the same time. I have read a lot about it and the route, the experience. This is something I hope to do soon enough now that I can take off without worrying about the little bambinas.
26. Learn to play a strategy game
Chess would be great or poker.I am really bad at these types of games, but I think it is something that one should learn. I can imagine playing chess with my grandchildren 🙂
27. Plant my own garden and prepare meals from self grown vegetables
Think about the fresh tomatoes, and pepper, herbs and okro.
28. Go on a safari
Kenya, South Africa?
29. Go on a cruise
Ah yes, somewhere nice and warm with blue and azure waters. I am thinking the Bahamas, sunglasses and lounging, casinos and shows, the food!!!
30. Work internationally as a a project management and/or knowledge management specialist
31. Buy a house
32. Be paid to work at my own pace
33. Build a brand and have multiple streams of income
Amen again. I feel like saying too much about these could jinx it 🙂
34. Watch a solar eclipse
There’s one happening in the UK this friday, shame it’s up North
35. Get a dog
Man’s best friend. I used to be scared to death of dogs because one literally pounced on me when I was about 8. I am still not sure if that dog had been playing or was really going to attack me. I had a few minor scratches and that was it. But after that, I became really scared of dogs until 2009 when I made friends with an owner of two massive but really sweet and goofy dogs. I still can’t believe the transformation.
36. Commit to and invest in girl child education in Nigeria
Educating women is really the best gift that any country can give itself. Studies have shown that children are most likely to succeed if their mothers are very well educated. Need I say more?
37. Throw a costume party
Masks and people in character, monsters and superheroes. It’s going to happen soon enough 🙂
38. Attend Photoshop classes
I love photography and for the most part, I leave my photos untouched. But every now and then, I like to dabble in the software. Thus I need some classes to improve my interaction with it.
39. Hold an exhibition of my photos
I have thousands of photos which I have taken over the years from travelling and just everyday routine living. I just have to look through them and find a theme and a good cause.
40. Frame my photos myself
41. Plan and host a study tour
42. Run a marathon
I ran a half half marathon once in Abuja. I was so proud of myself for finishing, but it was hard. Hpefully one day I can get back into shape enough to run a full marathon
Climb a hill
I climbed Arthur’s seat in Edinburgh eight years ago. Climbing down was a problem. I am ashamed to admit that I came down on my behind.
44. Fly business class in a commercial airline
It looks great when you see all those business class seats as you walk to cramped economy. They are sitting down, sitting champagne already and looking like they will get a good night’s sleep? Don’t blame me for wishing, if you fly for 8 hours with a tall and huge man who is slightly drunk, and keeps snoring and falling into you in economy, then you will appreciate why I want to fly business class. Don’t judge me 🙂
Host a radio show
I did that at Uni, does it count?
46. Get a complete makeover
Yes, change my hair colour, change my clothes, maybe speak a new language as part of the whole deal eh 🙂
47. Take an etiquette class
Yes, it can get confusing when tables are set too “properly” and you can’t really tell the aperitif glass from the wine glass, or the soup spoon from the pudding one?
Direct or act in a stage play with an audience
49. Play an instrument
Does shaking a tambourine count?
Learn to drive
51. Dance the salsa
Salsa gives you wings. Literally.
52. Visit all the continents in the world
Yes Asia and the Americas next.
53. Invent something useful and groundbreaking
54. Grace the cover of a great magazine
55. Act in a film
56. Get featured in the media for something truly remarkable
57. Spend one full year doing what I want
Write a column
I wrote a book column for a newspaper for a while, did not pay me a dime, but I really enjoyed it. It certainly gave me a platform to start honing my writing I would say.
59. Read and understand Nigeria’s upstream and downstream sector and what the hullabaloo is about
I am a little bit ashamed to admit that this is all I know really about the industry from which Nigeria generates most of its revenue. I became interested to research it recently as oil prices fell. It is all very interesting how dependent the world is on energy in many ways and how OPEC countries are equally dependent on that sole revenue channel. Things are changing though, and not necessarily for the better.
60. Read Maya Angelou’s “I know why the Caged Bird Sings”
I love Maya Angelou’s works. “Letter to my Daughter” was the first I read and got hooked. There is a glorious dignity about her poems and her narratives and her words are full of wisdom. Here’s a video of that incredible poem she read at Clinton’s inauguration in 1993.