When I was 23, I published my first book - 20 Something, checking that off my bucket list. This photo appeared in the local Palos Heights paper The Reporter at the time.
I've done a lot of exciting things in my life. I've been blessed to have done a lot of wonderful things in my life and I have a terrific wife and son.
My gym coach in high school had us make a life list of things we want to do. I remember writing that I wanted to see the Grand Canyon and write a book. I've done both of those things and am now a self-published author. But I'm only 33, so there is still much life to be lived. Will I be disappointed if I don't finish this list? No. But it would be nice to accomplish some of the things on here.
Some of these points is easier to complete than others, but writing them down makes the goals real. It gives me something to reach for. If you've ever seen the movie The Bucket List, it really puts things in perspective. It's true that what's most important to me in my life is being a good Christian, a good husband, father, friend and son. When it comes down to it, what's really important in life is those around you. But having things that you want to do and completing them gives you a sense of fulfillment, of accomplishment. I encourage you to do the same and reach for your dreams. Below is my list (so far).
Read the Bible all the way through
See all seven continents
Get my book published with a traditional publishing house and see my book in stores
See the Northern Lights
See North Dakota and Alaska to finish my 50 State Bucket List
Take a road trip without any destination in mind
Stay overnight in a treehouse
Read all of Stephen King's books
Visit all of the National Parks
Go to Hawaii again and see Maui this time
Go to England and Scotland to see Harry Potter and Beatles sights
Go whale watching
Take a ride in a hot air balloon
Learn a new language
Go to a playoff baseball game
See all of the Major League baseball stadiums
Go to an All-Star game
Sit in scout seats
Watch all of the best picture Oscar winners
Visit Cooperstown, NY and see the baseball hall of fame
Get my master's degree
Go on a cruise
See America's territories - Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, etc.
Go to Legoland
Go to Brickworld
See Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
See the seven wonders of the world
Remodel my attic
Volunteer more/give more to charity
Continue to grow as a professional in my field