My bucket list

I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and it’s been suggested to me multiple times over the years, but I never put a bucket list together until recently. I was never sure what should go on one, but over the last few years, I’ve seen and done a lot and it’s inspired me to do more.

Hence this page. This is my bucket list for all to see. Some things to do, some to see and some to experience. The things on this list might not be of interest to you, but it means something to me – or will when I’ve ticked it off!

Battling the fear

One conversation has always stuck with me.

Why do I do things involving heights when I’m terrified, and what happens when I stop being scared?

Over the years, I’ve learned more about my limits and what I can or can’t do. I’m also a bit of an adrenaline seeker, and while there are many ways to get that rush, this is one way of doing it.

Being scared makes that thrill even better. You can throw me out of a plane or drop me off a ledge but asking me to make that step? That’s something else entirely, and beyond me – at least for now.

I hope I’ll never stop being afraid, because I want those thrills to continue. I’m not sure I’ll ever get to a point where these heights aren’t scared, and I know there’s a way to get that spike of adrenaline. Should that change, I’ll have to discover new ways of reaching it.

I’ll change over the years, and that’s okay. What I can’t do today, maybe I’ll do tomorrow. If not, I’ll try other things. Life is a journey, and that journey is the experience we make it.

The bucket list

Go to F1 Australian GP

2018/19

Sitting on the #AUSGP sign
Sitting on the #AUSGP sign, 2018

See the Blue Mountains

2019

Looking out at the Blue Mountains
Looking out at the Blue Mountains, 2019

The Waitomo Caves

2020

Rafting through the caves was fun!
Rafting through the Waitomo Caves, 2020

The Canyon Swing

2020

Falling backwards for the canyon swing
Falling back at the canyon swing, 2020

Stand on a glacier

2020

Me standing on the Franz Josef Glacier
Standing on the Franz Josef Glacier, 2020

White Water Rafting

2018

White water rafting in Tully
White water rafting in Tully, 2018

Crocodile cage diving

2019

The Cage of Death at Crocosaurus Cove
Cage of Death at Crocosaurus Cove, 2019

Visiting Hobbiton

2020

A Hobbit hole that I can (almost) fit in!
Standing in a Hobbit hole, 2020

Climb a mountain

2020

Me at the top of Roy's Peak
At the top of Roy’s Peak, 2020

Canyoning in Abel Tasman

2020

The drop after our first abseil
Canyoning in Abel Tasman National Park, 2020

Skydive

2018

Help! I'm falling out of a plane!
Skydiving in Cairns, 2018

See Milford Sound

2020

Starting the Milford Sound Cruise in the mist
Milford Sound in the mist, 2020

Trying Luge racing

2020

Queenstown Skyline Luge is a great thrill with scenic views
Queenstown Skyline Luge, 2020

Fly in a helicopter

2020

My first time in a helicopter
My first time in a helicopter, 2020

Swimming with dolphins

2020

A shot of how close the dolphins get underwater
Swimming with dolphins off the coast of Kaikoura, 2020

Still to do

Dive the Great Barrier Reef

Visit the Studio Ghibli Museum

Go to the Great Wall of China

Attend the Japanese F1 GP

Attend the Belgian F1 GP

Go to E3

Go to San Diego Comicon

See the Grand Canyon

See the Niagara Falls

See Uluru

See the Northern Lights

See the Cherry Blossoms in Japan

Go to the Hogmanay Street Party

Spend New Year’s in Sydney

Spend New Years in Times Square

Publish a book