Before I Kick the Bucket


Hello, World.

I’ve mentioned on here many times that I am a huge advocate of journaling, but what I haven’t mentioned is how much I love reading through my journals after they’ve been written. I love reading my thoughts about a given situation, person, event, etc., and seeing if my opinion or thoughts have changed. I also love reading through the development of friendships and relationships. The past year has been especially awesome because so many new people have entered my life, and I wrote about almost every single one—the day I met them, the moments we shared, the thoughts I had about whether or not we would be friends, what they meant to me when I wrote about them and what they mean to me now. It’s like watching your life on playback, reliving days you wish you could actually relive, and reading about moments when you were really hurt or upset. One thing I found while going through my journal was a list entitled, “My Bucket List.” I wrote it last summer before I left for school, probably while watching Vampire Diaries, thinking my life was utterly uneventful, and deciding I should do a series of exciting things before I “kick the bucket.” As I was reading through the list, I realized everything on it is a thing I’ve either accomplished within the last year, or still really want to do. But, of course, I have a few additions to the list that have been influenced by events or people from this year. So, here’s my Bucket List 2.0 (my original list with the new additions).


My Bucket List (as of Summer 2012):

–Marry my best friend/soul mate after I graduate college

–Publish a novel before I’m 30

–Meet someone who inspires me (Sarah Dessen)

–Forgive those who have wronged me

–Love myself each and every day

–Do something crazy, and completely outside my comfort zone

–Overcome a fear

–Be more relaxed

–Befriend someone I do not like

Give someone a second chance

–Get more into music

–Learn to play an instrument (ideally: piano, realistically: guitar)

–Gradate Saint Mary’s with a high GPA

–Go to a top law school

–Help the world

–Be honest even when it’s hard

–Read as many books as possible

–Find love that makes me forget bad things happen, and that I can trust fully each and every day

Summer 2013 additions:

–Learn to surf

–Journal everyday so that I never forget all the little things

–Live on the East Coast for at least 2 years at some point in my life

–Fly First Class

–Go to Ireland, Italy, Greece, France, Bali, and basically every other place I can

–Own a coffee shop

–Win the Undo It Script Contest before I graduate

–Write something that means something to someone

–Become a great photographer

–Be more creative everyday

–Have a really fun, but serious career

–Go paddle boarding

–Learn the dance from Perks of Being a Wallflower with someone, and do it in the middle of a club

–Go to an Irish Pub

–Learn to accept that not everyone is going to like me


If you could write down all the things you wanted to do before you die, what would be on your list? Are you close to accomplishing your biggest aspirations? If not, you should get up and just…do.


Callie Leigh

5 thoughts on “Before I Kick the Bucket

  1. i dont know what they call it..coincidence, synchronicity…whatever…but most of those items on your list, apply to me, too…like “be honest when its hard”, “own a coffee shop”, “become a great photographer”, etc etc….great post, anyways!

  2. I love journaling. It’s so therapeutic. I have also written things about other people and looked back and enjoyed seeing what had changed from then. I am super jealous you got to meet Sarah Dessen. She has had such a huge impact on my writing style considering I’ve reread her books about a million times.

    1. Journaling is definitely therapeutic! I really like it also because as someone who wishes to be a writer, I feel like journaling ensures that I write everyday, even if it isn’t the next great American novel. Sarah Dessen was lovely, and everything you would imagine. She’s impacted my writing style also, and so it was really nice to hear about her writing process, and where her inspiration comes from!

      1. It’s my goal to meet her one day. Have you read the Moon and More yet? I haven’t been able to get it at the library, but one of my friends said it was pretty good. I have to admit, I wasn’t overly impressed with her last two books, so I am hoping this one does it for me. What is your favorite Dessen book? Mine is definitely The Truth About Forever. Wes and Macy – swoon! ;)

      2. I have read the Moon and More. It was pretty good, the ending was a little unexpected for a Dessen ending, but in a good way. My favorite book by her is The Truth About Forever also! I really like This Lullaby too though.

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