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The Write Place: Check that off the bucket list

Visit Mount Rushmore. Camp on the beach. Go indoor skydiving. Witness an eclipse. Swim in a waterfall. Meet a celebrity.

A quick Google search of the words “bucket list” brings up thousands of activities such as these, all exciting opportunities that someone may have the chance to do during his or her life. While the particular things a person wants to accomplish or do while they’re alive varies greatly, I think we can all agree that we each have our own personal “bucket list,” whether or not we classify it as such. 

Everyone is different, so it’s only fair that your bucket list may be the total opposite of someone else’s. Some of you may be adventurers, yearning to go mountain climbing, bungee jumping or whitewater rafting. I admittedly do not fall into this category, but if it gives you an adrenaline rush, go for it! Others might want to travel to exotic and exciting locations, whether it’s a rainforest in South America, a picturesque village in Europe or a sightseeing destination right here in the USA. Still others might want to have new experiences on a smaller scale, such as learning a language, trying a bizarre food or volunteering in the community. No matter what the activity, if you’re interested in giving it a try, why not go for it?

I have an unofficial bucket list of my own, and I’m proud to say I’ve already checked some items off of it. I saw a Broadway show (an absolutely spectacular production of “The Phantom of the Opera”) this past fall, and – in December 2014 – I met the cast members of “Newsies” at the stage door. I had the opportunity to go on a missions trip to Mexico this past summer and have seen many of our nation’s natural wonders, such as Niagara Falls and the Great Smoky Mountains. 

However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t more I’d like to do in the future! In the coming years, I’d like to go on a hot-air balloon ride, travel to Europe, go ziplining and visit a wax museum (as unusual as that last one may sound, I’m strangely intrigued by the idea of taking selfies with wax versions of celebrities!). These are just a few of the things that many years down the road, I hope I’ll be able to look back on them and remember them fondly.

Honestly, isn’t that the whole point of a bucket list in the first place? Creating a list of our goals, hopes and dreams helps us to make the most of where we are right now while creating cherished memories for the future. As scary as it may seem, we really only have a limited time here on Earth, so we should take every chance to live life to its fullest while we still can. By making a bucket list, you’ll be one step closer to making those dreams a reality.

A popular phrase, “carpe diem,” means to “seize the day,” and I think that’s a perfect representation of what a bucket list should be. Instead of waiting around to accomplish everything we want to, let’s seize the day and experience things we’ll never forget. No matter what your personal bucket list may look like, it’s a fantastic opportunity for you to make the most of every moment.

Emma Chrusciel is a sophomore at Geneva High School. In addition to writing, she loves Broadway musicals, playing piano, and spending time with her family and friends. Her columns runs every other Thursday. Contact her at editorial@kcchronicle.com

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