Before I die I want to do all of the things listed below (and then some.)
But sometimes it get’s rather hard coming up with things to write about and I figure we’re all going to die eventually, so why not plan ahead!
Hopefully, I’ll be able to complete much, much more than what’s listed here. So don’t think I’ve settled for just doing the following 10 things before I die, alright?
That’s of course if I don’t get hit by a bus unexpectedly, or something happens that ends my life earlier than I anticipated. In that case (of getting hit by a bus), know that I’ve lived a great life and am happy with all that I’ve been able to accomplish in my young life.
Now that the post is beginning to sound creepy, it’s time to move on! Here are 10 things I would prefer to do before I die.
Before I Die #10: Go on an African Safari
I mentioned Africa in a post not too long ago, but for as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to go exploring in Africa. It just seems so exciting to me.
I don’t know about actually killing any of the animals (when I caught an alligator, I didn’t kill it), but I guess we’ll just have to see.
If a huge African beast jumps out at me and attempts to make me its lunch; I might have to make an exception and shoot it. Dying while attempting to complete an item on my bucket list isn’t exactly what I had in mind.
Before I Die #9: Meet a United States President
My cousin worked for the Bush Administration (haters gonna hate) and many of her immediate family members were able to go to the White House Christmas party (multiple times). Sadly, I never got to, but I’m not dead yet so there’s still hope!
BTW, it doesn’t matter if it’s a Republican, or a Democrat; any President will do!
Before I Die #8: Be Fluent in 3 Languages
Growing up in Texas has given me a lot of exposure to Spanish (and plenty of Spanglish), but hopefully one day I’ll be completely fluent in all three!
Before I Die #7: Learn How to Play the Guitar
I sometimes look up lessons on YouTube, but it would be nice to get a teacher and actually learn it.
My goal is to learn how to play it before I die so that I’ll be able to serenade the Grim Reaper. I’m sure he’ll appreciate it…if not, well that’s just rude.
Before I Die #6: Write at Least 3 Books
I don’t exactly know what the other two are going to be about, but when I’m done with them, I’ll let you know so you can go to Amazon and buy them, k?
Before I Die #5: Spend an Entire Year Traveling
I’ll most likely have a heart attack while doing it, but at least I died trying. I’ll need to figure out a way to pay for this…I guess I better make those books best sellers!
Before I Die #4: Trace My Family’s Tree
Thanks to 21st century websites like ancestry.com, this item on my list of things I want to do before I die isn’t going to be that challenging. However, I would like to do a detailed search as far back as possible and find out as much as I can on both sides of my family.
I have a feeling my mother’s side is going to be a little more difficult since she’s not American, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out.
If I can’t figure it out, I’ll just create a family tree that leads back to royalty and tell everyone I’m related to the Queen. Maybe she’d have me over for a cup of tea? Which brings us to the next item…
Before I Die #3: Drink Tea and/or Beer in London
Growing up with a tea-drinking mum has made me realize that sometimes a cup of coffee just doesn’t cut it. I’ve been to non-UK Europe a couple of times, but never managed to make it to England (yet).
As soon as I get there I’m going to have a cup of tea on Bond street, or drink a pint of beer in one of the many pubs––it just depends on what time I get there. Maybe I’ll go crazy and have both!
Before I Die #2: Dig for Dinosaurs
Photo via nationalgeographic.com
Along with having the desire to go to Africa, I’ve always been fascinated by dinosaurs, which is most likely because my Grandfather used to read me stories about them.
Apparently, he once found part of a tusk from some sort of woolly mammoth creature, but don’t quote me on that. After my Grandpa died, I would read the books he had given me and promised myself I would go looking for dinosaur bones.
I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to achieve this, but you never know. There might be a dinosaur excavation going on somewhere in Texas that I can crash. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind me showing up.
I’ve been reading dinosaur books since I was 4, which basically makes me a professional excavator so I need to go dig up a dino before I die.
Before I Die #1: Learn How to Take Compliments
I don’t know what it is about them, but every time I get a compliment (in person) I immediately get all awkward and ruin the moment. A few months ago, I was at my little brother’s high school football game when a high school kid came up to me and asked if I was Nate Shenk.
I obviously said that I was, to which he began explaining how much he enjoyed my site and complemented me on my writing. I was with my sister and one of her friends and I kind of just froze up and said, “Ehh…thanks” in an awkward tone. Once he left, I was annoyed at myself for not being normal, or expressing how thankful I was for his compliment.
Maybe this seems silly, but one day I hope I’ll be able to know just what to say when given a compliment. Until then, I’ll probably continue being awkward and seemingly un-thankful.
So there you have it; 10 things I’d like to do before I die. Ask me in 50 years and I’ll let you know how many of them I’ve completed…if a bus hasn’t hit me by then. What items do you have on your bucket list?
P.S. Would you wanna live forever?
They should be wearing helmets, before they die.