10 Things to Add to Your Bucket List


NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- The hit movie “The Bucket List” hit a chord with people, especially those of The Greatest Generation and Baby Boomers, many of who immediately went on to creating “what to do before I kick the bucket” lists of their own.

“I think it is important, it’s almost like a young person setting a career goal,” says 80-year old Joy R. Mara, a widow in West Boylston, Mass., who made a “things I want to do before I die” list even before her husband passed away. “When I accomplish something on my bucket list, I have a great feeling of satisfaction.”

Mara has crossed off many unique things off her list in recent years, including smoking marijuana, seeing a Chippendale’s show in Las Vegas, visiting Greece, tracing her family tree, swimming with manatees and – a biggie for a woman who came from a very modest generation – swimming in the nude.

About smoking marijuana, Mara explains, “if I get sick I may need it for medicinal purposes and I wanted to see what it was like.” For any law enforcement officials reading this article, you won’t be busting her for her stash any time soon, as Mara wasn’t impressed. “I like my wine much better,” she said.

Some things on her list she will never be able to accomplish, like going on the Oprah Winfrey Show. “She never responded to my requests,” said Mara. “Now that her show is over, I won’t get to complete that one.”

She would also have liked to see a space shuttle lift off. She went with her family to Florida, but that flight was cancelled due to the weather. Now that the manned space program is over, she had to give up on that dream.

Mara adds to her list continually, and she has enlisted her daughters to help her cross things off of it. Still on the list: swimming with dolphins, mastering snorkeling and learning to tango and foxtrot “I haven’t found a guy to do it with yet,” Mara said.

Here are 10 other unique bucket list items from planners and dreamers around the U.S.

  1. Diana Lambdin Meyer, a travel writer based near Kansas City, Mo. would like to go bungee jumping in New Zealand. “Since my neurosurgeon says ‘absolutely not’, I think it would have to be absolutely the very last thing on my bucket list,” she said.
  2. “I would love, love, love to spend a summer living like it's the mid-1800s, just to see what it was like,” said Teleia Pastore, from Fitchburg, Mass. “Manual labor, the fruits of your labor, the trials and tribulations... Knowing that if it doesn't work out you won't starve because there's a convenience store half an hour away.”
  3. Ronda Wieschhaus, a resident in the St. Louis, Mo. area, said she previously had “riding the Orient Express” on her list, but they quit running the train. “So, I replaced that with a ride in the Wiener Mobile.” Wieschhaus said she keeps track of where it is so she might catch it one day.
  4. Nancy Ellen Harrison of Wellington, Co. would like to do the costumes for a Broadway show. “I studied theater arts in college and have never used my degree except in community theater,” said Harrison.
  5. Georgiana Craven Slater from Thomaston, Ga. would like to retire to a life of leisure and play in a house in Hawaii. The twist? It has to have an infinity pool overlooking the ocean.

  • Some might call it crazy, but Jeff Robbins of Kingsville, Mo. has the dream of someday getting up close and personal with lions, tigers and maybe a bear or two, oh my! “I want to work in a zoo and feed the lions and tigers, for real,” Robbins said.
  • Mary-Lane Kamberg from Olathe, Kan. has a big goal: She wants to ride in a limo with Kevin Costner. “I like the characters he plays,” said Kamberg. This isn’t just some pie-in-the-sky dream either, Kamberg said. She has a son-in-law who is a screenwriter and a friend in Hollywood who is an actor. “The universe wants me to have what I want and I have spoken it aloud so the universe knows what it is,” said Kamberg.
  • Jenni Meyer’s dream is a little more down to earth and represents a simple lifelong desire. “I've always wanted to play the piano,” Meyer, of Racine, Wis. said.
  • Angie Walters Garcia of Wakefield, Kan. has crossed some significant goals off of her list: She’s gone bungee jumping, been skydiving twice and went to a wolf rescue ranch where a wolf licked her face. What’s next? “I want to go to Australia and pet a real live kangaroo and a koala.”
  • Keith Kline, from Edwardsville, Kan., has also accomplished many of his goals. He’s ridden “every crazy ride” he could find, been parasailing, hot air ballooning and he rode a “crotch rocket” motorcycle at 220 mph. “I’ve done almost every thrilling thing I’ve ever wanted to do,” said Kline. “The only thing left on my bucket list is to watch my grandkids grow up and see what they become as adults.”
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