As summer vacation approaches you cannot help but think of what your long summer days will consist of. If you are running out of ideas or have no ideas at all, try getting together a bunch of friends and making a bucket list. Spend a day with the people you get along with best and come up with fun exciting ideas that will help you make this summer vacation the best break of your life.
Creating memories and trying new things with people you enjoy being around will make this summer break one to talk about.
Remember the movie, "The Bucket List," with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman? In case you don’t, two older men have become ill and have come to the realization that they are dying. They decide to live their last months to the fullest and create a list of outrageous and funny things to do before they kick the bucket.
Although it was a great story line and made for a great movie, why should we have to wait to be so old or be dying to do what we want in life? Living life to the fullest should be an everyday thing, so why not start now by creating a summer bucket list with your friends or family.
Your list should range from normal to something unexpected and once-in-a-lifetime. In order to come up with great ideas, think about what you enjoy doing or want to learn to do. If you are into sports or are athletic, consider the following: run a marathon, become a triathlete, learn archery, try fencing or learn to surf.
Are you into different languages? Try theses ideas: learn to say “hello” in 50 languages, learn Latin, learn enough Italian to be able to understand opera, or learn sign language. Say you are more of a music or dance person, I would recommend these ideas: learn to yodel, compose a song, form a band, sing karaoke or build a jazz or classical music library.
If you are an adventurous person and are running out of ideas, here are some more: ride in a hot air balloon, go scuba diving, swim with sharks, ride a mechanical bull, go fire walking, dive in a submarine, fly in a blimp, race a sports car, break a Guinness World Record or go cliff jumping.
These are just a few ideas in only a few categories. There are plenty of ideas for any person looking to experience new things this summer or even in their life. Try a books bucket list with things like reading the complete works of Shakespeare, or reading every novel that has won a Pulitzer Prize in the fiction category. I also recommend a movies bucket list and watch every movie that has won an Academy Award for Best Picture.
Whatever your reason for creating a bucket list, make it worth your while. Try new things and do things you have never done before.
The senior girls on my basketball team have been putting together a bucket list for the summer with things including: camp in a tent in someone’s backyard, take an extremely long bike ride, create or be a part of a flash mob, and go on a road trip. Our list is not yet finished but I can already tell this is going to be an amazing summer.
If you and your friends are looking to put a list together, think about where you live and what is around you to do. Consider every option and grasp any opportunity to be spontaneous and adventurous. You may not think there are many options around here, but start small.
For instance, have you ever taken the time to taste all 31 flavors at Baskin Robbins? Or been on a mini road trip along Pacific Coast Highway? Experience summer in a way you never have. Don’t just do the same old thing this summer – make it unique. If you are not an outdoors person, watch a silent movie or make a tie-die shirt. The possibilities are endless and the fun is unlimited.