At the beginning of each year, I’m usually the one with an extra long list of resolutions. These resolutions are always seeking to improve the “old me” in exchange for a “newer, better me”. 2016 was a huge year in terms of my personal growth, so instead of setting up a list of “rules” to abide by in 2017 (that I probably wouldn’t even follow, resulting in disappointment and self-loathing), I decided to simply love myself more, and to make a bucket list instead. You see, with a bucket list, you’re setting yourself up with goals that you genuinely want to work towards. They’re things that aim to bring you joy, even when it comes to putting in effort. And the best part about a bucket list is, if you don’t complete everything on it, you just add it to next years! It takes away the pressure of completion that the list of resolutions always seems to bring. So here’s my 2017 bucket list that I hope inspires you to make your own!
Camping last year with friends. I’ve always wanted to make a beach hut out of driftwood, so we did!
Travel Somewhere New
Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday this year, and Parks Canada is giving away free passes that grant entry into every park nationwide. I’m going to plan my travels around that to not only save a few dollars but explore my country more in depth. My top picks are Jasper, Mingan Archipelago, and Point Pelee.
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Watch All My Saved Ted Talks
I’ve saved over 3o videos to my Youtube Watch Later playlist. Now it’s time to watch them. If I have time to binge-watch every episode of Friends, I have time to watch a 15-minute lecture on something that will give my brain knowledge instead of entertainment.
Finish Painting Another Guitar
I’ve finished two already, and I have 2 more that I’m working on currently. I’d love to finish at least one of them this year, as it requires a lot of time.
Attend A New Music Festival
I’ve attended Electric Forest for the past 2 years, and even though I’ll be returning this year, I want to experience a new one! I’ve been thinking about Way Home, Osheaga, and Lollapalooza. What festivals are you planning to attend this year?
On Dan’s shoulders at Electric Forest 2016
I need a mindless yet focused based activity to distract my busy mind. Plus, I have a huge love for knit sweaters, so I’d love to learn how to make them myself. This could also be an awesome way to make Christmas gifts for the end of the year!
Finish 12 Books (1 per month)
In the words of Dr. Seuss, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” I have a list going right now including Sense and Sensibility, Station Eleven, and The Pearl That Broke Its Shell. I’ve just recently finished Amy Schumer’s book, and Nasty Galaxy by Sophia Amoruso! In relation to that:
Go On A Blind Date (with a book)
I saw this at a local record/book store. It takes “don’t judge a book by its cover” to a whole new level, and I thought it was a really cute idea.
Visit A Museum
I love museums. They’re awesome for rainy days, dates, inspiration… and there’s bound to be at least one that peaks your interest. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, The Egyptian Museum in Cairo, and The World Museum in Liverpool are at the top of my list. This year, I’d love to go to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts or the Art Gallery of Ontario since they’re so close to home.
Museum London in London, Ontario.
Camp At The International Dark Sky Park
“If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently. When you look into infinity, you realize there are more important things than what people do all day.” – Bill Waterson, Calvin & Hobbes. There is nothing more calming and grounding than stargazing. It’s honestly one of my favorite things to do, so why not do it at 1 of 19 certified dark sky zones in the world? A dark sky zone is an area of land that has no light pollution, granting you with the ability to experience the gorgeous night sky in all its glory. So go out and enjoy Mother Nature’s IMAX theater, no ticket stub required.
Spend A Saturday Garage Sale Hopping
I’ve always wanted to do this- wake up early, scan the local paper/Kijiji, plan a route, and go find all the hidden treasures that are waiting for their new home. Bring your mom, friend, sister, boyfriend, girlfriend… whoever! Remember to bring cash, know your neighborhoods (if you’re looking for something specific), and don’t be afraid to haggle!
I’m sure I’ll add more as the year goes on, but here are my top 10 for now! Now it’s your turn- what’s on your 2017 bucket list?