Mirta’s Ginormous Bucket List

Welcome to my GINORMOUS Bucket List. It is a never-ending work in progress, continuously being altered, updated, contemplated and rejuvenated—much like myself.

Before you even ask: Yes. I know the bucket list is huge. Yes. I do think that I can complete everything on it. Why? Because Napoleon Bonaparte said “Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.” – and I am no fool.

Sports, Activities, and Adventures

  • Go Kayaking.
  • Sit Courtside at a Pro Basketball Game
  • Drive a snowmobile
  • Air Boat Across an Alligator Infested Swamp
  • Dog Sled
  • Zip Line
  • Drive a jet Ski
  • Drive a race car
  • Arrive by Sea Plane
  • Indoor SkyDive
  • Parasail
  • Ride in a hot air balloon
  • Go Bamboo Rafting
  • Go hangliding
  • Go snorkeling
  • Jump from a cliff into water
  • Dive into an aquarium
  • Take a ski lesson
  • Climb an indoor rock wall
  • Participate in the Polar Bear Plunge
  • Ride the subway

Places to Visit

  • Grand Ol’ Opry, Nashville
  • Grand Canyon
  • Amazon Rainforest
  • Yellowstone
  • Stonehenge
  • Big Bend and Parliament
  • Sidney Opera House
  • Metropolitan Museum
  • Guggenheim

Smithsonian

Coney Island

Golden Gate Bridge

Seattle Space Needle

Mt Rushmore

NAPA Valley

Travel

  • Go on a cruise
  • Visit all 50 States

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana

Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri

Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York

North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas

Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington

Washingon DC

West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Nature and Wildlife

  • Pet a stingray
  • Swim with the dolphins
  • Bathe an elephant
  • Explore a cave
  • Hold a monkey
  • See a live koala bear
  • Milk a cow
  • Go Ice Fishing
  • Go whale watching
  • Horeseback Ride on a Beach

Entertainment

  • Be in a commercial
  • Be an extra in a movie
  • Attend a rodeo
  • Attend a Murder Mystery Dinner
  • Be a contestant on a game show
  • Attend a Super Bowl
  • Go to a World Series Game
  • Attend a Film Premier or Red Carpet Event

Just for Fun

  • Dance With Ellen Degeneres
  • Ride a mechanical bull
  • Blow glass
  • Create a mosaic or stained glass piece of art
  • Start a blog
  • Take a painting class
  • Take a cooking class
  • Write a letter to my future self

Family and Friends

  • Create a family crest
  • Create a family tree

Just for Me

  • Get my Bachelor’s Degree
  • Write a book
  • Watch a sunrise and sunset in the same day
  • Witness a Solar Eclipse
  • Get hypnotized
  • Get a complete PROFESSIONAL makeover
  • Get a tattoo
  • Do a boudoir photo shoot
  • Take a self defense class

People to Meet

  • Meet a World Leader
  • Meet the President
  • Meet someone famous
  • Meet Oprah
  • Meet my grandchildren
  • Meet Sandra Bullock
  • Meet J. LO!

Attend a…..

  • Attend a Jazz Festival
  • Attend a Black Tie Gala
  • Attend a Boxing Match
  • Attend a Film Premiere
  • Attend a Foam Party
  • Attend a Gallery Opening
  • Attend a Masquerade Ball
  • Attend a Music Festival
  • Attend a rodeo
  • Attend a Same Sex Wedding

Places to Go……

  • Go to A Blues Bar
  • Go to a book signing
  • Go to Nascar
  • Go to a Renaissance Festival
  • Go to the movies by myself
  • Go to Comicon
  • Go to the Magnolia Silos

Things to See…

  • See a movie in IMAX
  • See a Ballet
  • See a Broadway Play
  • See a Cirque de Soleil Show
  • See a Las Vegas Magic Show
  • See a TED Talk Live
  • See Phantom of the Opera on Broadway
  • See Wicked
  • See turtles being hatched and run into the ocean
  • See a meteor shower
  • See an eclipse
  • See the Northern Lights

Health and Wellness

  • Go to a silent retreat
  • Do every lesson in “A Course in Miracles”
  • Go to a sweat lodge
  • Have acupuncture done
  • Go to a reiki therapist and have my chakras cleared
  • Have my aura read
  • Read the Bible in full
  • Learn to meditate
  • Go on a missionary trip
  • Get my palms read
  • See a psychic
  • Get hypnotized
  • Relax in a natural Hot Spring
  • Take a mud bath

Getting Old Sucks..

I just turned 46 years old.

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I’m SUPPOSED to be in the prime of my life. But I’m not. I find myself slowly falling apart.. vision is going, I forget things, and sometimes, if I laugh hard enough…well, THINGS happen.. things no one wants to know about.

The Face…

This face. The one I have recently started to lather different creams on- it’s wrinkly. Every time I look in the mirror I’m reminded of that damn tanning machine I just couldn’t stay away from in College. Even though I once got so orange I looked like an Oompa Loompa. Did I stop? Nope, went right back and just got a slightly darker shade of orange.

Botox has become part of my monthly budget, although, with two kids in college, I have ZERO business spending money on that. But hey, a girls got to do what a girls got to do.

The Hair….

White hairs are sprouting up around my forehead, the ones both my hair dresser and I have agreed are just really blond hairs. And they aren’t just coming up on my head.. nope, they are sprouting from all over the place. My eyebrows, my chest, my chin, my neck.. I mean, seriously. Is this necessary?

The Body….

Do I really even need to go here? Suffice it to say that my joints can now predict the weather and, I think, the phases of the moon and there is nothing that can be done to improve it (this body) without a lot of money, anesthesia, and some sort of medical procedure.

I’m not most people…

When MOST people hit 40 they are more in tune with who they are and what they want with life. I. however, am the exact opposite. I still don’t know what I want to do with my life. Some days I am ready to take on the world and others, not so much. There are days I am up and ready to conquer life at the crack of dawn, and others.. I don’t even bother getting out of bed.
Yes, my kids are (somewhat) grown but they aren’t out of the house or independent at all. On the contrary, they are costing me more than ever. Tuition, books, rent, etc..
My baby started her first year at the University of Texas in Austin last fall. I honestly thought I wouldn’t make it one day without her.. I was wrong. I actually love it.. like a lot. But she is killing me financially. Her dorm is a piece of junk yet its costing me over $1000 a month. WTH! That’s my mortgage payment!
My middle son is about to graduate from Texas State. I’m thinking – yes, some relief!!!*!*! – but no, now he’s going to Law School (must they be such over achievers). So although he will have to get loans for school, guess who will be paying his living expenses. This girl. Does it ever end? EVER?
By this time, I should have had a career and be making plans for retirement; seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. The only light I see is the one of the oncoming train that’s about to run me over. Retirement? I don’t see that happening anytime soon..
I guess if you look back at the 40 somethings of our past, we really have made great strides. Our fashion sense has certainly improved. The “mature” look is out the window (THANK GOD). The once imposed restrictions of “maturity” no longer exist. On the contrary, 40 somethings are doing more and living more. So why cant I?
Shouldn’t I be planning for retirement? Thinking of that vacation I never got to take or the expansion of my master bedroom (yes, I will be turning their rooms into my closet). 40 is the time to start working on the life I always wanted. BUT IT’S NOT! I am still working like a slave and I don’t see any end in sight. And I am 46 – my 40’s are practically over!

Your Age is Just a Number… a big one, but still, just a number…

Your 40’s CAN be a new beginning and CAN be a great time to find out who you really are. In a way, that’s sort of what’s happening to me. I have hit that time in my life (the one we all go through eventually) when I look back and think “is THIS it?” So join me on this journey of exploration as WE try and figure out if Age is truly just a number. #midlifecrisis