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 thing is to ride in a balloon!!" This 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. My frantic cursive looks like that of an 8 year old. But when I see those scribbles, I'm reminded of the whacky teenager I was back then.
When some peers wished for romantic things or set proper goals, my head spun with craziness. I wanted to do things, try things, own things... And these things weren't exactly simple things to do, try and have. Below is the most complete list that I found in that silly Barbie Diary.
#1 - to take a ride in a balloon
#2 - to ride on an elephant
#3 - to live with an Amish family
#4 - to own a mannequin
$5 - to parachute
#6 - to lose 20 pounds ( my teen angst showing!)
#7 - to own a monkey
#8 - to go on an African safari
#9 - to star in a movie
#10 - to be in a trapeze act
#11 - to milk a cow
#12 - to ride a unicycle
#13 - to hop a train
#14 - to join the Peace Corps
How Many Checks?
I can only give about 5 full checks to this list. Ballooning, elephant riding and cow milking were achieved with bold coaxing, which is hard for a shy girl.
Unicycling and parachuting required some saved money and lots of practice and nerve.
So in the following posts, I'll use some inspiration from my old diaries and a few faded photos. I'll blog about my bizarre mix of achievements. Some thrilling and some just plain odd accomplishments. I've added about 5 more partially checked goals. I'm not a teenager anymore, but I had some fun with some lame half attempts, in recent years!
Who knows? Maybe it's not too late for that safari. And I've heard there are people older than me, in the Peace Corps! We'll see!
4/19/2012 12:18:45 am
Great writing and memories, Beth! You may not have ever owned a mannequin, but yo do have a Chinese terra cotta Xian Man, which I think is close enough to check that off your list! Keep up your adventures and your posts - thanks.
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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.