Today’s topic is tackling the bucket list. I recently celebrated my 27th birthday and wanted to make it really special, so I decided to do something I’d been wanting to do for a while and booked an introductory flight course.
I spent over 40 minutes in the air with complete control of a small, two person aircraft, soaring barely 1,000 feet above the ground. The views were breathtaking, and I cannot describe how wonderful it is to literally fly on your birthday. My pilot was amazing and very supportive. He encouraged me to be bold and experiment with the aircraft, despite a white-knuckle death grip on my end.
Afterwards, I made a pact to do this every year–to step outside of my comfort zone and try something new. I highly encourage you to do the same, and to get you started I’ve put together a list of 8 things you can cross off your bucket list this year. Check it out!
1) Run a (half) marathon
Running a marathon is a lifetime feat, no matter your age. If you think a full marathon might be too ambitious for our 12-month time span, then aim for a half marathon, and make sure to sign up for a fun one, like the ones put on by Disney several times a year. Even running is better in the happiest place on earth!
2) Watch a meteor shower
There are several going on yearly, and with good timing you can really see something special. For a more comprehensive list, check out my article on Elite Daily on upcoming astronomical phenomena.
3) Get scuba diving certified
There is so much to explore in the ocean, but to do so you need the right training. Certification classes are often sold on discount sites like Groupon for affordable rates, so what are you waiting for? Time to cross shipwreck diving off your list.
4) Go skydiving
This one is not for me, but I have a good friend who did this on her birthday and had an unforgettable experience. She jumped with a guide so she wasn’t alone, and she even got a souvenir dvd of the experience with a soundtrack custom tailored to her. Feeling like taking the leap?
5) Climb a mountain
If falling down isn’t your thing, try climbing up! There’s a great sense of accomplishment that comes with climbing a mountain, not to mention it’s great exercise. That’s me above at Rocky Mountain National Park.
6) Race a high-end sports car
You can rent a Ferrari for an hour and race it around a closed track for a not-so-high-sum. Score!
7) Take a cross-country road trip
With gas prices being so low, there’s no better time to take your friends on that much-wanted road trip to Vegas or San Francisco. What’s stopping you?
8) Learn a new language
Sure, this one takes a little more time and effort, but remember how happy Julia Roberts was in Eat, Pray, Love when she was finally fluent enough to order in Italian? Aim for that moment, friends. Dare to dream!
I hope you’re inspired to take a chance this year. Take it from me, it’s equal parts terrifying and awe-inspiring, but 100% worth it. Till next time!