Since then, the bucket list theme has cropped up regularly within books and Television, usually for comic effect. My favourite, and inspiration for this article, is Karl Pilkington's book Further Adventures of an Idiot Abroad. The second series of Sky TV's travel documentary An Idiot Abroad focuses on Karl Pilkington, one of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's mates from The Ricky Gervais Show animated series, being sent around the world to complete some of the strangest things that appear on a bucket list. Using his unique outlook on life and with his dry sense of humour, the eight episodes are immensely entertaining owing to Karl's apathy towards anything and everything that occurs outside his normal routine, and his absolute reluctance or refusal to complete some of the many tasks they set out for him. Not many people make me laugh so much as Karl, and the book is a goldmine of witty comments and absurd observations, and he seems unafraid to speak his mind - often saying the obvious things that most people are afraid to mention.
So, whilst reading the book Further Adventures of an Idiot Abroad, it got me thinking... what would I have on my bucket list? It's one of those subjects that anyone can do, but most don't... unless diagnosed with a life-altering illness or faced with death. Until now, I've never really bothered with a bucket list... not even when I myself was ill with cancer and considering my own mortality. It wasn't because I was lazy; it's just I didn't want to set myself up to failure (bucket lists tend to imply a time limit and I hate being rushed). Also, I find list's very demotivating at the best of times... when as a manager at work, I gave up on 'Things to do' lists because I used to go home at the end of day in a foul mood when I'd notice I'd ticked very few things off of my list. To me, all lists do is help visualise your lack of success. Though those in favour of them will argue that they can do the opposite... and I guess I can see the point.
Anyway, now that my health (touch wood) is in a good place, I've embarked on a bucket list (of sorts). I've only included things that are possible (sort of). Of course, it's an ambition of mine to have a Number One Best seller... but this requires people to buy my book (which is outside my influence - aside from the fact that it's up to me to write something that appeals to a wide audience). Also, I've not included walking on the moon. I'm not eight any more, and this is about as likely as me becoming the Prime Minister... and I've not included becoming the Prime Minister either, or anything to do with politics.
I've kept it to fifty things... so here it goes:
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