Inspired by Alice and also by the movie, I thought that today, I would write my own bucket list. The idea is to compile a list of things you would like to accomplish before you eventually die (kick the bucket). Without being morbid, perhaps, it is something that you might like to think about doing too.
In compiling my own list, my intention was, as far as possible, to liberate my mind from thoughts about whether or not these things are possible for me. I will simply accept that I may or may not do all of these things.
I have also resisted the temptation to put ‘a trip into space’ on the list because I think it probably is genuinely not possible for me, though it would be fantastic.
So, in no particular order, here is my bucket list:
1. I would like to get one of my books published by Simon and Schuster. I have read many of their books and listened to many of their audio programs over the years, so it would give me real satisfaction to see my own name on one of their programs.
2. I want to become a best-selling author, perhaps on Kindle first, but later in print too. Actually, on reflection, not necessarily in that order.
3. I want to start a school, probably online, that teaches people how to become financially independent using the internet.
4. I would like to grow White Dove Books into an organisation that can help people by truly encouraging and inspiring them to take control of their lives and go on to achieve their full potential.
5. To perform a parachute jump. I have flown a microlite and a Cessner, but I think jumping out of an airplane would be a fantastic thrill if I could actually bring myself to do it, that is.
6. To take a very leisurely trip around Italy, taking in Florence, Pompei and Rome. I have been to Italy on a number of occasions, but have yet to go to those particular places.
7. To see the pyramids. Again, I have been to Egypt, but spent the time looking around the Valleys of the Kings, Queens, Artisans and various temples. That just leaves the pyramids – oh, and Abu Simbel, now come to I think about it.
8. To visit all of the Cathedrals in England. I have visited most of them, but there are still a few left for me to see.
9. I would just love to take a walk around the ground, meet the backroom staff, experience the atmosphere and meet the players, but taking a penalty kick at Goodison Park against the first team keeper would be fantastic.
10. To see Everton play in an FA Cup Final at Wembley. The only time I have ever been to Wembley was to see Simon and Garfunkel. And by the way, it was a goalless draw.
11. To see England play again in a World Cup Final (anywhere).
12. To meet my boyhood hero, Sir Bobby Charlton. A true gentlemen, a world class player in his day and still a great statesman of the game.
13. To meet some of my later heros including Nelson Mandella, Tony Benn and Billy Connolly. It would take a book to explain why I admire Nelson Mandella, perhaps I’ll write it one day. I admire Tony Benn as a man of true principle and I admire Billy because of his unique ability to interpret life. He also reminds me of my late uncle (Wullie).
15. To see the aurora borealis (the northern lights).
16. To learn to paint and to finish painting my own version of Sunflowers. It’s about time I got some wear out of that lovely tripod that I was bought as a Christmas present.
17. To create an album of my own songs and have them selling on iTunes.
18. To be invited to the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
19. To go into partnership with one of the UK Dragons. I am a big fan of the UK TV show, Dragon’s Den, but the US equivalent (Shark Tank) is a bit too cut-throat for my taste. The only reason I might ever consider appearing on Shark Tank would simply be to turn down an offer from that arrogant individual, Kevin O’Leary.
20. To Make a difference.