I just checked the meaning of bucket-list– it means a list of things to do before you die and apparently comes from the term ‘kicking the bucket’. Oh. So far I’ve been using the term rather loosely in the sense of a wish-list. Turns out it is a list of things you wish to do —as opposed to things you wish would happen, somehow– in your lifetime. The addition of a time-frame attaches an element of urgency to it. A bucket-list, then, is a “serious” wish-list, I suppose, with no scope for frivolity or flippancy.
So what’s on my to-do-before-I -die list? Let me see…
1. Travel around the world as much as finances permit. In particular I so want to see the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the pyramids of Egypt, aurora borealis or the northern lights in Norway, the Niagara falls in the US, and Tuscany in Italy–I remember seeing the movie ‘Under The Tuscan Sun’ and thinking I must visit the place someday. I also want to visit Cleveland, Ohio in the US because my father spent five years there and I have grown up listening to his tales from the place!
2. Go on an extended Bharat Darshan tour!!
3. Go paragliding at least once.
4. Write a book –self-publish it if need be. They say every person has a book inside of him. I haven’t an idea what the book that’s inside me might be about, but I hope to find out before I die.
5. This is for when I am old and past the age of retirement–associate myself with a non-profit NGO that works for a cause dear to my heart and dedicate at least one year to social work.
6. Live in a house with a large back-yard cum kitchen garden.
7. Buy a piece of real estate on my own, no matter how tiny!
I leave you with these oft-quoted lines from Ghalib, which just seem so apt in this context:
Hazaron khwahishen aisi, ki har khwahish pe dum nikle Bahut nikle mere armaan lekin phir bhi kum nikle!!
(Thousands of wishes, and each one to die for. Many wishes have been fulfilled but so many are still left unfulfilled.)