My ANTI-Bucket List
I must finally be “old” cause I have an ANTI-bucket list.
Or maybe I’m just bored with what’s out there.
It’s definitely a sign of “been there, done that.”
I’m at an age where I should be having an official bucket list, but I find it’s easier to know what I DON’T want to do anymore rather than what I DO want to do.
I’m Over Stuff
I’m quite content to NOT do some things anymore.
This is not a 100% I’ll-never-do-it-again kind of list, but rather, I could live without doing it again, and I wouldn’t be sad.
Someone will mention doing “something,” and the little voice in my head quickly processes how much joy I think I will get out of doing that “something,” and much of the time, I know within seconds that that “something” just isn’t worth it to me anymore.
Is that sad? Or pragmatic?
I’m not sure.
But I know the older I get, the more discerning I’ve become.
I don’t enjoy wasting money or time.
I don’t enjoy crowds or noise.
I don’t enjoy hassle and inconvenience.
I want my food served in a quiet enough environment that I can enjoy talking to the people I’m with.
I want my music to be affordable and in a small, unpacked venue where I can enjoy the artist up close.
If I’ve gotta go to a theme park, then I’m buying fast passes, and I’m NOT doing it in the dead heat of summer.
What’s On My ANTI-Bucket List, You Ask?
Waterparks Crowds are no fun, getting in a swimsuit isn’t that much fun anymore either
Aquariums I’ve seen more than my share of sea life
Ferris Wheels Been there, done that.
Merry Go ‘Rounds Round and round is a snore fest unless you’re with your own kids or grandkids
Crowded Theme Parks Crowded being the key word here.
Most Historical Museums I’m all civil-warred out…seen enough muskets and butter churns to last me.
Standing In Line For Anything Not sure what’s worth waiting in line for anymore unless someone’s handing out free money or free tickets.
Waiting For More Than 20 Minutes For a Table at a Restaurant I can probably cook it better at home anyways.
Large Venue Concerts Not a fan of taking out a small loan and fighting the crowds to attend one.
Hot Air Ballooning Never did, and never want to…and standing in a basket with a stranger 2 feet from me has no appeal.
Fireworks Shows I’ve seen my fair share. Usually involves those large crowds.
Playing in the Snow It’s cold and wet and I’m old and would rather look at it from inside a warm, cozy abode.
Snow Skiing I was never that good to begin with and I’m sure not going to get any better…and my bones are getting more brittle by the minute.
Zoos I’ve seen my fair share of animals, and now that I’m old enough to know better, I just think it’s unnatural.
Petting Zoos Yeah, stinky goat fur isn’t that fun to pet.
Pricey Froo-Froo Restaurants I’ve pretty much determined that I’m just a cheap Mex food kind of gal, and I don’t like a restaurant bill that equals a week’s worth of groceries.
Bounce Houses and Jumpy Things Dare I say older bladders don’t bounce well?
Circuses Now that Barnum is kaput, it’s not a problem anymore….but like a zoo, it’s just unnatural.
Skydiving I’m a mother, and I value my life.
Bed & Breakfasts Never been, and don’t see the appeal of staying in an old, smelly house and eating breakfast with strangers in a small confined space.
School Festivals 3 kids, K-5th equals 18 festivals give or take. I’m officially done.
Carnivals and State Fairs Overpriced, sketchy, smelly, crowded, getting nickel & dimed to death….you will nickel & dime me to death no more.
School Classroom Holiday Parties Again, I say- 3 kids, K-5, too many parties to count. I’m done watching my kid make a craft they will throw in the trash the next day. And I hate glitter.
Driving More Than 8 Hours to Go On Any Trip 6 hours is about my max….for 8 hours it better be a damn good destination.
Fancy Gardens Flowers, schmlowers. I don’t need to pay $17 or $38.99 to see fancy flowers.
Overindulgent Drinking Establishment Outings I’ll pass…I don’t enjoy watching perfectly fine people get stupid….been there, seen too much of that.
Noisy Restaurants Where I Can’t Hear Conversations at My Table Yes, I’m old…environmental noise is bothersome and ruins a perfectly good time.
One Final Thing…
And close to going on the list is lugging all my “stuff” to the beach.
Hauling chairs, coolers, umbrellas, towels, Frisbees, paddle balls, drinks, and food, is getting real old. And then hauling it all back at the end of the day is even less appealing.
Now everything is sandy and needs rinsing and cleaning, so it can be hauled back out again the next day.
Fun times. Vacation! It’s a lot of work!
Heck, pretty soon “vacation” is going to go on the anti-bucket list!