So I find that I very much have mortality on my mind, and more to the point the idea of making good use of my time. It is so easy to just let the days slip by, one after another, telling myself "I'll do it later..". but if there is one thing that is certain about life it's that life is uncertain. So I have been re-evaluating many things, trying to get my space in order, simplify my life, and in the same vein decided to make a bucket list. I'm not generally a big fan of bucket lists - actually I've always thought they were sort of silly - but upon reflection I decided that having a set list of things I'd like to do in my life would be useful and help me stay on track.
The biggest challenge I faced right at the off was that I am a fairly direct person when it comes to goals; if I want to achieve something or do something and I set my mind to it I generally get it done. It's not that I don't have any more goals or plans, it's just that when I think about the big things I wanted to do with my life I'm already pretty satisfied. What I mostly end up being left with is places I want to travel to and those items on my list will certainly present significant challenges. So....
Morgan's Bucket List
Travel to Ireland (the Republic) and go to Cork, Dublin, Galway
Visit Newgrange, hill of Tara, Oweynagat, Kildara
Travel to Ireland (north) go to Ulster and see Emain Macha
See Pacific ocean
Publish book of poetry
Learn to speak Welsh
Get back to fluency with German
Become Fluent in Irish
Travel to England and see Stonehenge, Avebury, Stanton Drew, etc.,
Travel to Iceland
Hike on Mount Katadin, ME
Go to Pantheacon
Learn a martial art *or* start fencing again
That's all I've got so far. Some of them - like publishing the book of poetry, which is 90% written already - shouldn't be too hard, but others like the travelling plans will be very difficult indeed. I suppose it will be interesting to see how much of this I manage to do and what gets added to or removed from the list over time...