How the list started
In 1974 at the age 16, I dug out my "on-going notepad-diary" and scribbled a frantic list. I remember the inspiration behind the list. Earlier that day I had experienced my first actual HOT AIR BALLOON sighting! The image of that magical balloon and basket floating over my backyard completely undid me. If I had been 16 in 2012, I would have been on the internet googling hot air balloons. I was dizzy with the notion that I had to find a way to go up in a balloon...but how? For starts, I raced around the house proclaiming to my family, "Out of all things I want to do in my life...my number 1 ,is to ride in a hot air balloon!!" This obviously led me to wondering what else should be on my list.
My Barbie Bucket List, couldn't have been more scrambled and complicated, with all the updates and added notes... this is the best I can do to put it in order.
1- to take a ride in a hot air balloon
2- to ride on an elephant
3- to live with an Amish family for 3 months
4- to own a mannequin
Won't try to explain!
I never lived with an Amish family and I never tracked down a mannequin. But I continued to make revisions on my list through the years.
5- now my wish is to parachute! (Which was later revised..."to parachute successfully")
7 - to lose 20 pounds by summer (What great self esteem in high school)
8- to own a monkey...just around the house
9- go on a safari in Africa
10- star in a movie that amazes the world
11- to be in a trapeze act
12- to continue to discover and get excited about things, no matter how old I get!!! (I sound a little more grown up, but the explanation points reveal my youth)
I later found additional goals, like hopping a train , milking a cow, riding a unicycle and joining The Peace Corps !
Checking off the List
I accomplished a number of my goals. And maybe there are some I could just go back and revisit! Hmmm? But I'll use some of my old diaries and a few faded photos to blog about the items on my list that did get checked off!
BARBIE BUCKET LIST
I was 8 years old when I got this embarrassing Barbie diary ... about 2 years before my real DIARY YEARS. (12 years of never missing a day) I was more into Trolls than Barbie, so I stashed it in a drawer and forgot about it.
Over the years my family moved numerous times and this super mod diary ended up burried in boxes over and over. For at least 12 years, whenever I ran across it, I would grab a pencil and jot down something ridiculous on the corresponding day. It was like a never ending doodle pad, fillled with more nonsense than reflection. The penmanship and horrendous spelling makes it difficult to read today, but the best discovery is a Bucket List that began on April 27, 1974!
Click on THE BEGINNING to see the LIST and how it evolved.