Puppies!! (cue the “awww….”) Aren’t you glad I chose these puppies instead of a picture of a tarantula?
We’re standing in the “Authorized Personnel Only” room in Bug World at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, surrounded by hundreds of bugs in containers big and small, waiting to see if I’ll freak out.
I’m a little afraid of spiders. Not to the point where I’m terrified to be in the same room as them (I used to be!), but I definitely get nervous when there’s one close by. I think about how creepy they feel, and how gross it is to walk into a web, and that escalates to being sure that I’ll get bitten.
It’s irrational. But that’s what fear does. It takes the smallest possibility of reality and turns it into a horrible scene from a bad sci-fi or fantasy monster movie, where the spiders are three times bigger than a car and attack people as food.
So, because of this media-induced fear, during the 31 Days of Everyday Adventure challenge, when it comes time to do the activity that says, “Make plans to do the thing you’re afraid of,” I think of spiders.
Every year, my summer bucket list gets shorter and shorter, but this year I’m finally facing the facts: it has to be super short or not done at all. It’s obvious that I don’t do too many things on a summer bucket list.
Although I’ve had my full list since 2003, I’ve only been making summer lists the last three years.
2014: the first year, with a whopping 25 things (I did 7)
2015: again, 25 things (but this time I only did 3)
2016: last year, trying to be realistic with “only” 15 things (I did 4, and learned a 5th was illegal, so I didn’t do that one)
I’m all for ambitious goals, but I also like to balance it with some progress, which usually comes from a solid understanding of reality.
However, I still like the idea of having a smaller subset of my existing list (plus a few special things added just for summer), because it makes summer feel special in a way that’s somewhat challenging to do, now that I’m out of school and don’t have summer break anymore.
So… my much abbreviated (and way more realistic) 2017 Summer Bucket List has all of… 7 things on it!
(This list will be updated throughout the summer using the same key as the full list: bold = completed; linked = link to the post about it; * = in progress.)
Summer Bucket List 2017
Ride a motorcycle
Learn to make paper flowers
Look out the window of a room in the top floor of a downtown skyscraper
Have a picnic
Write 3 posts for this blog on previously accomplished bucket list items
Organize my bedroom so it’s a restful space
What do you think of choosing fewer goals in order to get more accomplished? Do you have a summer bucket list? What are some of the things you have on yours?