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My bucket list (also known as a life list) is simply a list of all those "I've always wanted to's". Why? Because I want to set myself a series of goals and ambitions to give me something to aim for. Creating a bucket list, is a great way to give your goals a life. So, no more excuses.

Don't wait for that "someday" to begin living your bucket list, you need to start today. The longer you put off your goals, the further in the distance they become and that "someday" can easily turn into months or years. Or even forever.

In years to come I will be able to look back and see how many of these things I have accomplished and use this as a measure of how "successful" I am.

Why don't you define your dreams as life goals and get help fulfilling your dreams! This is my bucket list, and it's quite possibly the most important collection of words I've ever written.

There are currently 140 items on my list and I've only done 21 of them! No More Excuses.

Completed Items

These items from my bucket list I have aldeady completed.

Completed on 22/09/2017

I've never seen it with my own eyes... Off to Iceland, Norway, Sweden or somewhere "up North" for a chance to see this amazing natural phenomenon.

Three things needed to make this happen
  • Travel to Iceland
  • Remember Camera
  • Fingers Crossed for Clear Skies and Aurora!
Completed on 22/09/2017

Ice climbing is a challenging sport which I would like to give a go, especially if it involves spectacular ice walls!

Completed on 22/09/2017

Wouldn't it be amazing to look down inside a Volcano, deep inside the Earth? Actually I did one better and climbed inside a volcano! I ate my lunch in the magma chamber! :)

Completed on 22/09/2017

I have a feeling I would love the climate in Iceland. I'm also fascinated with volcanoes and I love photography, so one day I will spend a few weeks hiking around the volcanoes of Iceland with my camera, and hopefully dive the tectonic plates.

Completed on 01/11/2016

Get a professional close shave from a barber.

Completed on 2015-06-09

Completed on a camping trip in Scotland next to Lock Oich, June 2015. By the morning pretty much eaten alive by midges.

Completed on 06/09/2014

Buy or rent a place of my own and move out of my parents' home.

Completed on 27/07/2014

See one of the many unique small town events that are hosted in many towns and villages in the UK. I'll see more I'm sure, but this will be the first.

Completed on 06/06/2012

To be self-employed, be your own boss, working from home. All things most people talk about but never actually do anything about. Well, I'm starting by putting it on my life list.

Completed on 24/10/2011

Completed on 28/09/2011

I have my compulsory basic training (CBT) and a bike, now all I need to do is take three tests to get my full bike licence. Didn't quite do it before I was 30, but what are a few days?

Completed on 24/08/2010

Don't really mind what. A star, comet or asteroid would be cool but I think I'll pass on having a disease named after me.

Completed on 22/03/2010

It doesn't have to be a big one, maybe Snowdon to start off with, but then progress to more challenging targets.

Completed on 22/03/2010

In 2010 my brother in law climbed Snowdon and raised £1,295.11 for Help for Heroes in support of members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded in the service of our country.

Completed on 26/02/2010

I've done quite a bit of landscape photography, macro, animals, cars, events and so on but never any photos of people. I am going to start photographing people by taking a portrait photography course.

Completed on 18/01/2014

I used to play the piano, but after a few years I got bored with it. A few years later I picked it up again, but could not read music so I learned to memorise the keys instead. A few years later again, and it's all forgotten! Well, I want to learn a different instrument properly. Saxophone? Guitar? I haven't decided what yet.

Completed on 18/12/2009

Having lived in Bristol all my life, its quite sad that I don't know that much about it's history. For this item I will learn about the history of Bristol through photographing the historical sites and buildings and getting some first-hand local knowledge.

Completed on 22/11/2009

Experience high speed driving and the challenge of driving on track, with tuition at Castle Combe circuit. Not decided whether to use my car or one of theirs... probably one of theirs!

Completed on 2008-12-19

Attend a posh event in black tie or tuxedo, drink champagne and live the high life.

Completed on 24/10/2001

In Paris, France

Completed on 20/07/1999

Pisa, Italy

 

Things to Do

These are a collection of things that I would like to do or accomplish.

Capture a Stunning Lightning Photo

Lightnings are so fascinating to capture on camera require precise camera settings, perfect timing and a lot of luck.

Get Laser Eye Surgery

I've worn glasses all my life, at least as far back as I can remember which is around 5-6 years old. Although glasses give me the ability to see they do get in the way, they are always dirty, prone to scratches, lenses fall out, frames get bent, driving at night is more hazardous due to headlight glare, they mist up coming in from the cold, they get covered in rain. I've tried contact lenses but they have their own set of problems. They can be tricky to put in, especially first thing in the morning, expensive, they make my eyes sting after a few hours, they irritate my eyes, risk of infections, scratches, and injuries to the cornea, dry eye and cost - upwards of £300 per year, plus annual eye examinations and I need glasses, as well as contacts, are not a complete alternative. So I'm going to look into laser eye surgery as a permanent solution and have my vision corrected once and for all.

Three things needed to make this happen
  • Speak with my optician
  • Research
  • Book appointment
Biggest obstacle to achieving this
  • Huge phobia of anything coming into contact with my eyes
Have my "15 minutes of fame"

Start a non-profit organization

Volunteer on a regular basis

 

Things to Try

These are a collection of activities that I would like to have a go at. Maybe a new hobby or a special event will be the result.

Eat a Super Hot Chili

I like hot food, but it never tastes hot any more. Even the "three chilli" hot foods aren't that hot, so I want to eat a whole chilli just to see what hot really is.

Abseil

Way, way, way back in 1992 I was participating in a charity abseil down the Avon Gorge. I was standing on the edge of the cliff kitted up ready to go, but nerves got the better of me and I couldn't do it. But I will someday.

Biggest obstacle to achieving this
  • Just a fear of heights...
Bathe in the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, Iceland

The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help with a wide range of conditions. The lagoon is a man-made lagoon which is fed by the water output of the nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi and is renewed every two days.

Blow glass

The art of glass blowing is an old one, and one of the trades that helped make Bristol great. I'd love to learn the art and give it a go, maybe make my own glass or tankard!

Blow Something Up

Or implode as the case may be. I think it would be a great experience to be involved in a controlled demolition and blow something up!

Brew my own Beer

Craft my own home brewed beer

Burns Night Supper

Have a traditional Burns Night Supper in Scotlands capital, Edinburgh.

Complete a Man-v-Food style challenge

Attempt and complete a stomach expanding man vs food challenge.

Drive a Snowmobile

With thousands of miles of snowmobiling opportunities around the world, find a perfect location to hop on and whiz around the snow-filled, rolling hills.

Drive a Tank

Hehehe! Drive a big armoured tank around in the mud, possibly firing the main cannon. Boys and their toys!

Explore Religion

Meet up with leaders of the main religions to discuss their faith, to learn more about religion and its role in life.

Firewalk!

Walking across hot coals, or fire walking, is all about finding the courage to do something that seems small, but does involve a lot of courage. I'm not looking to do this one alone!

Fly in a Jet Fighter

Not sure how I am going to sort this one out, but I've always wanted experience supersonic flight and high speed aerobatics in a fighter jet and push the physical limits of my body. Thinking something along the lines of a Tornado.

Biggest obstacle to achieving this
  • Not sure how an untrained civilian can fly in a military jet, or even if its at all possible.
Get Married

Find a nice girl, marry her. Easy as that.

Get some of my photos in print

Technically I have already done this, two photos in Japanese Performance magazine reader's rides section, however this item is aimed at "professional" level photography.

Give Blood

What is says really. Can't do this for a while though, as I underwent surjury a few years ago.

Go Back to Photography Roots

Go out armed only with a 35mm film camera and 36 exposures, limit myself to only 36 exposures and develop the film myself.

Go Caving

Explore the usually unseen cave sections of Cheddar and Wookey, hopefully photographing them in the process.

Go on a Ghost Tour

Investigate some paranormal locations and come face to face with a real-life ghost.

Go to a party in a stretch limo

Having just seen a large group of people make their way to a party in 5 stretch limos (yes 5!) I thought it would be pretty cool to do something like this for a party (Christmas?) or night out.

Go Zorbing

Zorbing is the sport of putting yourself in a giant inflatable hamster ball and being pushed down a big grass hill.

Have a Lucid Dream

A lucid dream is any dream in which one is aware that one is dreaming.

Organise my Photos

Over the years I have taken well over 80,000 photos. I desperately need to sort these out, get rid of the duff ones and organise the rest into albums. I would also like to create a scrapbook of memories with these photos.

Own a Aston Martin

(a REAL one!)

Own my own pool table

To play pool on, obviously!

Photograph a UFO

In all my time observing the nights sky and photographing constellations, nebulas, the Moon and planets I've seen a few UFO's but never captured one on film. I intend to do just that.

Read a Jane Austen Novel

What is it about these novels that causes so much commotion? Only one way to find out...

Read More Shakespeare

In school it was always forced on us, and because of that we all took a dislike to it. I would however just like to read some of his plays at my own leisure and make my own mind up without the cross examination of the classroom.

Ride a mechanical bull

Sounds like a lot of fun. How long can I last??

Ride on a long Zip Wire

Zipping down a wire high above the trees taking in amazing scenery as I fly through the air.

Three things needed to make this happen
  • Overcome vertigo
Run a Marathon

Something I want to do but always thought it was out of reach. One of those "I'll do it next year" type events. Well, I'm running out of time...

Run mile in five minutes

Currently at 13 minutes per mile, so lots of work to be done!

Scuba Diving

Go scuba diving and explore a ship wreck or discover marine life. Only problem is that I can't swim, so I have to tackle that first.

Skydive

What better way to conquer a (mild) fear of heights than to jump out of a plane at 12,000 ft.

Biggest obstacle to achieving this
  • A fear of heights and possibly flying!
Speak in front of an audience

As it says above really.

Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

Doesn't everyone? Actually there are experience days just like this, a survival training camp where you are pitted against a swarm of hungry zombies. Much fun!

Take a cheesy travel photo

Propping up the tower of piza, pointing to the top of the pyramid, pinching the Eiffel tower. Doesn't matter which, and the cheesier the better!

Try Absinthe

Absinthe is historically described as a distilled, highly alcoholic beverage. It is an anise-flavoured spirit derived from botanicals, including the flowers and leaves of Artemisia absinthium, together with green anise, sweet fennel, and other medicinal and culinary herbs. Sounds interesting.

Try Indoor Skydiving

Looks fun as a precursor to an actual skydive.

Try Snowboarding

Something I have wanted to do for a long time now, but an unfortunate car accident got in the way a few years ago. Now I am fitter, I'm feeling I would like to give this a go again.

Biggest obstacle to achieving this
  • I hear it is very tough on the knees, so it's something I need to be careful of.
Watch a controlled demolition

It would be fun to watch a controlled demolotion of a tower block or something, to feel the weight of such a large building coming crashing down.

Watch every Lord of the Rings episode back to back

3 epic films, over 9 hours long in one marathon sitting! Can I endure it?

Write A Game

I'd like to write a game for the internet like those on MindJolt and MiniClip. Maybe it will go viral and make me a millionaire, or maybe it will just amuse a couple of people. Who knows?

Write a Song

Everyone has a song inside them; I just need to find a way of letting my creative musical talent flow.

Write And Publish A Book

There are loads of things I can write a book about, fiction and non-fiction. I just need to sit down and start typing.

 

Places to Go

These are a few of the places I would like to visit before I die.

Go whale watching

Take a boat trip out observing and photographing whales and dolphins in their natural habitat.

Do a Retreat in a Buddhist Monastery

Float on the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is a salt lake over 1,300 feet below sea level, making it the lowest elevation on Earth. The unusually high salt concentration (8.6 times saltier than the ocean) causes a natural buoyancy that makes you float like a rubber duck.

Fly to the Edge of Space

Growing up I always wanted to be an astronaut, but some things are just not meant to be. The closest I can get to outer space is to fly right up to the edge of the atmosphere in a jet. Having seen James May recently doing just that in a U2 I really, really, want to do this now. I was looking at flying a MiG-31 Foxhound out of Russia to the edge of space! This one costs quite a bit, so I will start saving now!

Three things needed to make this happen
  • Save some money. Ok, a LOT of money
  • Travel to Russia
  • Complete high altitude training
Go in a Hot Tub Outside During Winter

Sometime in the near future, I want to go hot tubing in the winter as it's my favourite season and because it just sounds fun, especially if it's somewhere cold! Brrrr!

Go on a Whiskey distillery tour

Go behind the scenes on a tour of one of Scotland's iconic whiskey distilleries, my favourite of which is Strathisla, the oldest continuously operating distillery in Scotland.

Go on Safari

Go exploring on an African safari and photograph Lions and everything else. Don't know if I can take the heat, but I'll give it a go.

Go storm chasing

I love thunder storms, the electric atmosphere and the noise. But the English thunder storms are quite tame compared to those in the States, so storm chasing through tornado valley with thunder, lightning, tornadoes, a guide and my camera.

Go To The Airport, Pick A Random Flight, And Go On It.

Coming back from my last holiday, I looked at the departures board at the airport and wondered what it would be like to jet off to a random destination. I guess as long as I have money, passport and an all-purposes bag packed, I can do it!

Go wine tasting

Travel to some of the sunny vineyards of Italy or Australia and go wine tasting for the day.

Have Drinks at an Ice Bar

Have a few drinks in a cold and chilly Ice Bar. No danger of the beer getting warm :)

Hunt the Beast of Bodmin

With my camera!

Hunt the Loch Ness Monster

With my camera!

Kiss the Blarney Stone and receive the gift of the gab

'Tis there's the stone that whoever kisses
He never misses to grow eloquent;
'Tis he may clamber to a lady's chamber,
Or become a member of Parliament.
"A noble spouter he'll sure turn out, or
An out and outer to be let alone;
Don't try to hinder him, or to bewilder him,
For he is a pilgrim from the Blarney stone."
- Francis Sylvester Mahony

Photograph and Active Volcano

I've already been inside a dormant volcano whilst i Iceland, and ate traditional lamb soup in the magma chamber. I'd also love to photograph an active volcanic eruption, molten lava flows and fire.

Photograph and experience aircraft landing at Princess Juliana International Airport, Saint Martin

Due to the unique location of the runway, you can watch as huge jet aircraft take-off and land over the beach a mere 30ft above.

Photograph Jets in the Mach Loop

The Mach Loop is a set of valleys in Wales, between Dolgellau in the north, and Machynlleth in the south, which are regularly used for low level training by the RAF and USAF for fast jet aircraft, attack helicopters and transporters.

Photograph New Zealand

Another of my photographic holidays, I've been told about the beautiful scenery in New Zealand and that I must go there to see it for myself, so one day...

Photograph the "Big 6"

Bag camera trophies of elephant, lion, rhino, cheetah, giraffe and whale; all in the wild.

Pose with a figure at a wax museum

Everybody does this one don't they??! Why not me?

See Easter Island

See Easter Island and visit the Moai statues.

See Firefall at Yosemite

The Horsetail Fall, or firefall, phenomenon appears when the angle of the setting sun sets the waterfall ablaze with reds and oranges, like a fire was falling down the cliffs on the shoulder of El Capitan. The stunning visual display happens every February when the light hits a waterfall tumbling down El Capitan.

See Heaven's Gate Mountain

The longest cable car ride in the world, is China's Tianmen Shan. It runs from Zhangjiajie to the famous Heaven's Gate Mountain, through towering cliffs and sub-tropical forests. Just think of the views!

See the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Explore our underwater world and see the Great Barrier Reef. Quite a big item as I'll need to learn to swim first!

Spend my Birthday in a Foreign Country

Spend the night in a Haunted House

Experience things that go bump in the night by staying in a haunted house overnight. Preferably on Halloween!

Stay in the Ice Hotel

The Ice Hotel is a hotel built each year with snow and ice in the village of Jukkasjarvi, in northern Sweden. I think this would be a really unique experience to share with someone special.

Swim with Dolphins

Out in the open sea, their natural habitat. Must learn to swim first.

Swim With Great White Sharks (In Cage)

Wouldn't that be awesome, to swim with Sharks (in a cage obviously) and get some fantastic photos of these creates in their natural habitat.

The Tower of London

London, UK

Travel to Japan

I've always been interested in Japanese cars, but more recently I have become interested in the language, culture and history. I would love to travel and explore Japan one day; see the ice sculptures in the festival of snow and sample fugu - the deadly puffer fish - from a top sushi chef.

Travel to see an Eclipse

The only eclipses I have seen were from the UK and mostly shrouded in cloud. I'd like to travel abroad and see one in perfectly clear skies.

Try out the Vomit Comet

The Vomit Comet a NASA program that introduces astronauts to the feeling of zero-gravity spaceflight. Recruits climb aboard a specially fitted aircraft that dips and climbs through the air to simulate the feeling of weightlessness in 20- to 25-second intervals.

Visit a Buddhist Temple

My need for peace and the realization that we are only here for a short period of time makes me want to explore Buddhism and practice meditation to calm my overactive mind.

Visit a ghost town

Explore and photograph an old abandoned town, or ghost town, and capture some unique photographs of a place lost in time.

Visit a Planetarium

Visit a planetarium and experience the stars, planets and solar system in a virtual tour in Glasgow's brand new 4k HD 3D experience.

Visit every European Capital City

I've already done London and Paris but there are many, many more to go...

Visit Machu Picchu

I love reading about the Ancient World and the ancient city of Machu Picchu set in the beautiful mountains looks so stunning, I'd love to visit.

Visit NASA and the Space Centre

Visit the Space Centre in Florida and see the shuttle, museums, and maybe even catch a launch as well!

Visit Niagara Falls

Experience the sheer power and beauty of Niagara Falls. Hear the roar of the waterfall, and take a boat trip into the spray.

Visit the ancient Ruins in Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza which means "at the mouth of the well of Itza", is the 2nd most visited archaeological site of Mexico today.

Visit the Sacred Well of Chichen-Itza, Mexico

Chichen-Itza, Mexico

Visit the Taj Mahal

India

Visit Universal Studios

Universal Studios is one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood film studios still in use. Take a tour of the studios and spend some time in the Universal Studios Theme Park.

Walk along the Great Wall of China

Built over 2000 years ago, the Great Wall is still the only man made structure that can be seen from space. At just under 9,000km (~4,100 miles) long I doubt I will walk the entire length, but even a small section I will be happy with.

Watch the Space Shuttle launch

Travel to see the Space Shuttle launch from Cape Canaveral or Kennedy. Apparently you can feel the rockets in your chest from a great distance.

Three things needed to make this happen
  • NASA to re-commission the shuttle
  • Travel to Kazakhstan to see the Ariane 5 take off
  • Wait for NASA's Space Launch System to be introduced
Winter Ski Holiday

Just want to go on a winter ski holiday to the Alps, Canada, Switzerland (or similar) with the girlfriend/wife. Need to get one of those first!

 

Things to Learn

Learning is important to me, so my life list contains a lot of further education and life learning items.

Achieve Career Happiness

In today's frantic world, happiness is something that everyone craves. Career happiness is a ballance between work/life, responsbility, reward, social and enjoyment. To achieve career happiness by finding the right balance.

Earn a Degree

I missed out on going to university as my grades weren't quite high enough, and when I did my software engineering course I carried on in my placement job rather than going back for the final year. Now I'm looking to finally get that elusive degree. Progress: I'm currently enrolled on Astronomy Bcs degree with the University of Central Lancashire.

Three things needed to make this happen
  • ✔ Enrol in University
  • • Complete required learning
  • • Graduate
Learn a Foreign Language

Learning a language other than English would make travelling much easier, but which one? Icelandic? Spanish? Chinese?

Learn Calligraphy

Learn the lost art of calligraphy and in the process reconnect pen with paper.

Learn how to make cocktails

Take a cocktail making class and learn to make some of the most popular cocktails.

Learn how to meditate through Yoga

Incorporate yoga techniques and breathing exercises for relaxation, exercise and the social aspect.

Learn How to Use Chopsticks

Eating Chinese food with a fork is great, but it would be better using traditional chopsticks without getting cramps and dropping everything. At least it's one way of slowing down my eating.

Learn Magic and Perform a Trick

Learn a few magic tricks to entertain and captivate a small audience.

Learn to cook a traditional Indian dish

I love Indian food and I'd love to be able to cook some of my favourite dishes from scratch and learn how the spices come together and interact.

Learn to Dance the Tango

Dancing tango means lifting your heart toward other people, so it's a chance to let go of what you have been hiding in the curve of your shoulder.

Learn to fly a plane

Just because...

Learn to Play a Jimi Hendrix Song

When I first picked up a guitar to start learning, I tried to play Purple Haze. Probably not the best song for an absolute beginner. I'd love to return to it once I've actually learned to play the guitar.

Learn to play the Harmonica

Apparently, anybody can play the harmonica because it is the easiest musical instrument to learn. You can also play many different styles of music on one simple harmonica. Jazz, Blues, Country, Reggae, World music can all be played on the 10 hole diatonic harmonica.

Learn to ride a horse

Learn to ride a horse and explore the countryside on horseback

Learn to Swim (again!)

Having spent about 7 years trying to learn how to swim I gave up. I need to learn how to swim before I go scuba diving, so this is quite an important item to do.

Take up a Martial Art(s)

I want to take up a martial art; however my wrist and knee injuries give me a slight cause for concern. I'm particularly interested in the Japanese samurai and katana's, so Iaido and Aikido are of primary interest, however Krav Maga is also of great interest as it teaches reality based self-defence.

 

Things to Build

I like building things, so these items are a collection of things that I would like to build.

Build a Telescope

I've got a few good telescopes, but I want to make my own custom telescope, to get the best understanding of how they work and the principals of optics.

Build my own Back Yard Observatory

Build my own house

Well, not actually build it myself, but design and have it constructed for me. This is a tricky one because I have lots and lots of ideas, most of them conflicting.

Forge a Tool in a Smithy

Trying out blacksmithing with the aim to make a useful tool.

Forge my own Katana

I would love to forge my own Katana using traditional techniques. From forging and folding the steel, polishing through to casting and carving the furniture, saya and tsuka. Start to finish.

Make a piece of jewelry

There's nothing like the right piece of jewellery to finish an outfit. Sometimes, however, that right piece can be difficult to find. I intend to solve that problem by designing my own piece of show-stopping jewellery.

Three things needed to make this happen
  • Create a unique design
  • Learn metallurgy
  • Get some experience casting metals

 

4 thoughts on “My Bucket List
  • 30th June 2015 at 12:00 am

    Well, you're quite an interesting person!
    Thank you for the top notepad++ themes and your list.
    You'll need to narrow it to make them coming true.
    Cheers

    Reply
  • 26th June 2015 at 12:00 am

    Highly recommend you get your CBT, two wheels is great therapy!

    Reply
  • Chris Samuel
    13th May 2014 at 12:00 am

    I am quite impressed with your website it really gives you a more interesting perspective about yourself. I like this about page which is just a bucket list (life list) of things you want to do. I hope you find time to do at least 60 percent of them if not all. Could you perhaps create a video or something of when you complete them?

    Cheers

    Reply
  • Sebastian
    6th October 2012 at 12:00 am

    Love the list. Good luck!

    Reply

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