I'm very receptive of my mortality.
I am very aware that I could die anyday. So I'm very open to talk about death and stuff like that. For me, I think it's always better to plan and be ready instead of regretting when not ready. Cos death usually comes unexpectedly and not according to plan.
Well, a bucket list is usually just a list of stuff someone wants to do before they kick the bucket.
I haven't really thought about a bucket list for myself.
Cos personally, I feel like a leaf floating in the wind and letting the wind take me where it wants me to go.
Also, there's some stuff I would like to do, but my wife doesn't do it so I can't be bothered to do them as well. Cos I wouldn't be able to do it often enough for it to be worth doing.
So there's probably 2 parts of the list.
1) A list of stuff I'd really want to do before I die.
2) A list of good to have stuff or experiences. If have have, else it's ok for me to forgo. It's not stuff that I really really want to accomplish else I'd feel that I've missed out on life.
So let's start...
1. Top on the list. I would say I would want to travel more.
I haven't visited a lot of countries.
I've been to the US when I was young. Didn't see much cos it was all fun and games. I'd like to return there to look at the people and culture. Probably California, New York, Texas.
No real interest in South America.
Canada is a good to have. Somehow it never made it on the to do list.
For the Europe region, I was really happy to cross out France and the UK last year.
I still would like to visit Italy, Germany, Switzerland, maybe Spain.
Probably Norway, Denmark as well. But these are similar to Canada.
New Zealand is on this list as well.
The thing about travelling is... The nouveau riche has made it pretty uncool to be traveling to these places. Cos it's like everyone's been there done that.
And yet, I know many people have only seen the pretty sights and few have seen the real lives of the locals when they visit.
I've had the unfortunate experience if listening to a country bumkin gush about the sights in Korea, Japan, Norway, etc.
But yet know nothing of the lives of the people there, their history, political, cultural challenges, etc.
In my mind, I was pretty much thinking... You could probably just see those landmarks in pictures on Google Maps.
Oh one interesting thing I would like to do under this category is climb mount Fuji. But that's going to be tough. Cos my wife isn't the sporty sort so... It's highly unlikely we'll ever be incentivized enough to actually do it.
2. There's a bunch of skills I would like to acquire. But yet they likely won't be acquired, cos there's no real use for them. I would hardly have the opportunity to utilize them so I don't really have any drive to actually learn them.
One particular skill is diving. It's one of those things I've an interest in but never got down to doing it. Also, I'll probably never get the chance to do it cos my wife doesn't like sporting activities so I'll likely never learn it.
Learning it is easy, just a couple of hundred for the course. But to me, no point if I'm not going to use it.
Same as to learn how to ride a motorcycle. Just a personal interest to learn, but yet, no real drive to get it done. Cos I don't think I'll ever want to drive a motorcycle on the road.
I don't know... Maybe I'm weird. I don't have much I would like to do before I go. I actually quite perfectly happy doing nothing and hanging around reading stuff on the internet. There's a lot of knowledge out there which I love to read and learn about. Youtube and Wikipedia are my best friends.
I have friends who encourage me to go sky diving, but I've no real interest in it. I see little point in doing it. Like... What does it teach me? What will I learn from it? And yet, maybe I don't know. Maybe it could be a life changing decision to make me look at life in a different perspective just by jumping out of a plane. Who knows?
I think personally, my interest is in acquiring new knowledge or information. So things like... Seeing Niagara falls has little value to me. It's just a view. I've learnt nothing from it.
What typically interests me is whether I have a fresh new perspective or learnt something.
So like... Looking at people and their lives. That's educational for me.
This post has really made me reflect more upon my life.
Cos I ask myself. If I die today, what would I be sad about? What would I have left undone? What did I not manage to do?
And my answer would be...
I simply did not manage to grow old.
And I did not manage to grow old with my wife.
Then... I would probably think, "it would have been nice to have seen a couple more places."
And that's about it.
It would be nice to have a bit more money for financial security. But it doesn't make me want to do anything else.
Which is a strange feeling.
And yet maybe, I don't know what I don't know. Maybe I would feel really happy if I were able to find a job/role which I really loved.
But I don't know about it. So I don't know what I'm missing. So I don't desire it yet.
*I'm currently overseas. So typing is kinda hard. I'll try my best to continue to post articles or short posts which I feel meaningful for the next 2 weeks.
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