So you’ve probably come across these bucket lists a hundred times before. I had a ‘things to do before you die list’ and I pretty much completed everything on it…skydiving – done, bungee jump – done, canyon swing – done, swim with sharks – done, surf Waikiki Beach – done, you just have to check out my adrenaline activity list to see a whole bunch of crazy stuff that I’ve completed. I HAD a 30 before 30 list, to visit 30 countries before I turned 30 and I smashed it out of the park…I even upped it to 40 countries and I’m currently on 39 with a year to go!
Before I emigrate, me and my Mum came up with a bucket list of all the things we wanted to do together before I left. There was a mixture of things we’d done before, enjoy doing and just wanted to do again and some things that were completely new to us. We worked out roughly a 1 hour radius from our home so we could do some things in an afternoon, an Essex bucket list with a small side of London!
I can’t remember exactly how old I was, early high school years maybe, a family friend of ours had just returned from travelling around Australia. Every time he had rang home, his mum had put a pin on a map, I thought it was awesome. He then showed me the photos of him climbing up the Sydney Harbour Bridge and that was it, I knew I had to do it too…climb up a bridge, how cool!!! From that point, I had made it my goal that one day I would visit Australia, 10000 miles away. It was the first thing on my bucket list and something I was desperate to complete ASAP.
Here’s a little story. When I was younger, I was on a fairground ride, sitting on the end seat and I half came out of the gap between the harness and the ride. Clinging on for dear life, luckily the ride operator saw me and hit the emergency stop button. I was given the choice, did I want to get off, or switch seats. I chose to switch and I believe this was the start of my adrenaline seeking adventures!