Kimberly Loux inspired this bucket list adventure. Kim created a bucket list of 30 items to complete in the 3 months before she turned 30. I wanted to do something similar, except that my next milestone birthday was nowhere near 30. At the time there was about 5 years to go to my 50th birthday . . . perfect!
After some extensive brainstorming I had come up with 5 lists of 50 items each, to complete in the 50 months before I turn 50. The clock started ticking in November, 2012 and will stop in December, 2016. Read on to learn more about each of the 5 bucket lists, and be sure to “Like” the Facebook 50 / 50 / 50 Challenge page to keep track of my progress.
Watch the first 50 Academy Award Films: The Academy Awards, or “Oscars”, is an annual American awards ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements in the United States film industry as assessed by the Academy’s voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a statuette, officially called the Academy Award of Merit, which has become commonly known by its nickname “Oscar”.
The winners start with “Wings” in 1928, a black and white silent film about two friends assigned to the same air squadron in WWI. It was also the only silent film – until The Artist in 2011 – to win an Oscar. The 50th film was “Annie Hall” – the 1977 winner.
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Watch the first 50 Disney Animation Films: The Walt Disney Animation Studios creates animated feature films for The Walt Disney Company. The studio has produced 55 feature films, beginning with “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937), which was one of the first full-length animated feature films and the first one made in the United States, and its most recent being Zootopia (2016). This bucket list was completed on February 10, 2016. “Tangled” was the 50th movie in the list.
Some Fun Facts:
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Read 50 Literary Classics: I compiled a list of 100 literary classic from the various search results obtained with Google’s help. From this hefty list I eliminated books that I had read post-1980. Anything I read pre-1980 would have been during elementary school and could be read again – my list, my rules! Next I selected books from the authors who only had 1-2 on the top-100. I had to be selective with authors, such as William Shakespeare and Earnest Hemingway, who had 5+ books on the top-100 list.
My favorite book, so far, is “A Tale of Two Cities” by Alexandre Dumas. Overall I have enjoyed all the books that I have completed to date. Reading Jack London’s novels, “Call of the Wild” and “White Fang” reminded me how much I dislike reading about violence towards animals; and reading Homer’s “Iliad” and “The Odyssey” had me realizing that when it comes to Greek mythology . . . I am not a fan.
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50 NYC Cultural Events: This can be any activity that is unique to NYC – a Broadway show, a music concert, Central Park, monuments, museums, memorials. The challenge with this list was narrowing down the list. Once again, I selected items that I had not experience before. I took my camera along to document all this activity.
The first event was a photographic exhibition of the South African Apartheid era, hosted by the International Center of Photography. I had visited the USS Intrepid Museum numerous times before, but return visit once the Space Shuttle Enterprise was added to the display was incredibly special. One of the most memorable experiences was visiting the World Trade Center Memorial and Museum, more so because I was there on Veterans’ Day – November 11th. The museum was beautifully and sensitively laid out, but – 13 years after the events – it remained nothing short of gut-wrenching.
The Irish Hunger Memorial must be the most unusual discovery among the many monuments in NYC. Finding South Africa listed on the Korean War Memorial was the most surprising discovery; we had 20 KIA and 16 MIA . . . Who knew! The Battery Park area of NYC has an incredible amount of memorials along the Hudson River, around the South Street Sea Port, and up to the Brooklyn Bridge. Bring your camera along on this historical walking tour. I learned a real fun fact when walking the Brooklyn Bridge with my dear friend, Jackie Bijsters. People engrave padlocks with the names of their sweethearts and hang these along the bridge. I thought it was really cool and decided that I would return with my own padlock – you can see this in my 50 Personal Milestones list.
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50 Personal Milestones: This is the bucket list for all the random personal things on my bucket list. Anything counts – places I want to visit, skills I want to master, volunteer activities, self-care items, etc.
Some of these items, such as fun activities, could be checked off pretty quickly, i.e. schedule the activity and make it happen; others took longer. Being a blood and platelet donor was one of those long-term activities, i.e. my measure of success was to show up 5 times a year for blood donations and 5 times a year for platelet donations until the clock stopped in December 2016!
Review the completed list of 50 Personal Milestones.