Bob Pusateri (Blog – @SQLBob) just posted his Bucket List – the list of things he wants to do before he kicks the bucket. Aaron Bertrand followed up with his. If you haven’t seen the movie The Bucket List starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, I’d highly recommend it. Immediately after seeing that movie, I started assembling my own bucket list, and I’ve been gradually crossing off items ever since.
Here’s the uncompleted items on my bucket list:
Take a road racing class – I’ve always been fascinated by race cars. Ironically, I drive really slowly on public roads, rarely getting a speeding ticket, but I still love going fast. I want to take a multi-day course by Skip Barber or Bob Bondurant.
Drive a Porsche 911 on a twisty road – I don’t really wanna own a 911 because the maintenance costs are crazy, I’d rarely use the performance, and downtown Chicago parking is expensive. Another parking spot would cost me $300-$400 per month. I’d like to just have a great driving experience with a 911, though, and only after taking the road racing class.
Visit Tokyo – I’ve traveled the world and seen almost every city I’ve ever wanted to see, but Tokyo still calls to me. I like the density, the strange cultural differences, and everything else I’ve learned about Tokyo.
Take everyone in our family on a cruise – not all at once, but individually. I’ve taken Mom, Dad, and Caryl (my stepmom) so far. Next up – my sister & crew (her husband, their son), then it’s over to Erika’s side of the family.
Have the #1 highest rated session at a conference – I’m not competitive. It’s not about being better than anybody else – it’s just about being as good as I can possibly be. I made the Best of the 2009 PASS Summit list with my high availability & disaster recovery session at #8, but something in me really wants to be el numero uno.
Retire while I’m young enough to enjoy it – after all, that’s what this is all about, right? I don’t want to work until I’m dead. I love what I do – and I mean, I really, really love it – but I could stay busy for the rest of my life doing things that aren’t on this list (but *are* on my GTD list). I’d like to learn more about architecture, engineering, wine, writing, snorkeling, photography, and boats. I don’t want to change the world, but I want to appreciate more of the wonderful, amazing things happening around me every day.
If you haven’t built a bucket list, go rent the movie, and start making your list. Work can wait. It’ll be there when you get back.