I’ve had a bucket list ever since I learned what a bucket list was. More often than not, it would lie dormant; years would go by before I looked at it again. When the due date is DEATH, there really isn’t any urgency to get things checked off my list. So I’ve decided instead to shorten the timeframe, and do a summer bucket list.
Summer isn’t my favorite time of year; I’ve never had central air in any of the places I’ve lived, so some days I don’t even want to live anymore. I’m also very much against being out in the sun during max-UV hours (10am-2pm, but in the summer it feels more like 9am-5pm – what do you know, a full workday). And summer always brings to mind the nostalgic days of summer vacation, back when I had no worries at all.
But this is a new year. So many things have changed this year, and I’m going to embrace a new mindset for the summer. For once, I will purposely try to enjoy summer. All of it. I’m going to make a list of things to do this summer, and I’m going to do my best to get them all done. Or die trying. (Just kidding, no dying. Well, no intentional dying.)
Summer Bucket List
- Go on a road trip.
- Play volleyball at the beach.
- Finish my backlog of to-read books.
- Make jam.
- Sew cloth napkins.
- Declutter my closet.
- Meditate for 30 min to 1 hour.
- Update my resume.
I’ve been planning a California coastal road trip (that eventually evolved into an LA-to-Vancouver-Canada trip) for the past few years, but the timing has always been off. So instead of waiting for the right timing, I decided I’m gonna go by myself this summer. I won’t be able to go all the way up to Vancouver as planned, that’s a hell of a drive. But my class is having a rafting trip near Sacramento in the middle of my trip, so maybe I can go up to Sacramento, go rafting, and turn around to head down the coast. I’ll bring along my backlog of books to finish on this trip. And I might get lucky and find a volleyball game happening along the way!
There are a few lifestyle changes on this list. Decluttering is a huge endeavor I’m still undertaking; I have many things sorted but I haven’t gotten rid of them yet. And I have many things left to sort. So I’d like to make a dent in some of that, specifically my closet. My closet is more storage than wardrobe; besides a few dresses, coats, and jackets, most of my clothes fit in a dresser. That means 95% of my closet is crap I don’t use.
This past month, I’ve been working on reducing my paper product consumption. Paper towels, napkins, toilet paper, printing paper, notebooks. I haven’t been keeping track of how much I’ve reduced, but since I made a conscious effort, I feel like I’ve made a difference. Which brings us to the cloth napkins: I want to sew cloth napkins from the decluttered clothes that are too old to donate but not ratty enough to waste on rags.
Meditation is also a habit I’m trying to build. Right now, I’ve never done anything longer than a 20-min guided meditation, but I would like to aim for at least 30 minutes unguided. Preferably, I could find a temple or monastery on my road trip. But if not, I’m perfectly happy with stopping at a beach along the coast. Or on some bench in a forest.
Finally, I need to update my resume and start looking for work. Now that I’ve figured out what I want to do career-wise, it’s time to get a move on before I run out of savings. And the jam-making is on my actual bucket list, has been for years. So it’s definitely gonna happen this summer.
What’s on your summer bucket list? What have you checked off already?