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Creating a memorable summer, one task at a time
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Published: Friday, June 1st, 2012
Everyone has a bucket list, whether it's written down or not – we all have ideas of the things we'd like to do before we kick the proverbial bucket. But it can be kind of daunting to think of things that an older you will be able and willing to complete, so make a shorter term list… perhaps a summer bucket list.
Making the ultimate summer bucket list might not be as easy as it sounds. After all, you only have four short months of downtime to complete it. Here are a few great tips for creating a summer to remember.
Make a plan!
Write down your ideas as they come. You don't need to sit down and hash out your entire summer in just a few minutes. Keep your list handy so you can always add to it and cross off tasks you've completed. Ask your friends to help you come up with ideas because they'll probably be there completing most of your summer adventures with you.
Keep it short, simple and sweet!
Don't plan a summer full of unachievable adventures. It's awesome if you want to travel the world in 80 days, but don't put it on your summer bucket list. Chances are you won't be able to get that done this summer, which could lead to serious disappointment. Your summer should be full of excitement, not disappointments. You can have bigger goals (like a road trip to an unexplored province) or smaller goals (like changing up your hairstyle), just make sure to keep it realistic to what you can achieve.
It's easy to get pumped to start crossing off the biggest things on your summer bucket list, but it might be a good idea to start off small. Instead of running off to go skydiving, try starting with some of the easier-toaccomplish tasks first. This will give you the confidence and motivation to start working on your bigger ideas.
A few more things to remember!
- Don't let your bucket list turn into a score sheet. The idea is to have fun during the summer, not to have a list of brag-worthy accomplishments (although that is a nice bonus)!
- It's a great idea to talk to friends and check out other people's bucket lists, but avoid turning your personal list into a direct copy of someone else's.
- Don't be shy about including less glamorous ideas. Even simple things like creating a summer photo album or having a movie marathon can make your summer memorable.
Some ideas to get you started:
- Spend the summer working on my road trip/get psyched music mix
- Road trip to a province I've never visited and spend the weekend there
- Go on every ride at Canada's Wonderland (even the kiddie ones)
- Go camping without a tent
- Make an entire meal over a campfire
- Play an entire video game in one sitting (24-hour gaming marathon, anyone?)
- Spend a day go-karting and mini golfing (and win at least one round)
- Create a sidewalk masterpiece with chalk
- Celebrate a foreign holiday
- Participate in a flash mob (maybe learn to dance first...)
- Have a Hawaiian themed pool party complete with a pig roast
- Create a summer photo album that include pictures from every task on my bucket list
You've probably promised yourself that "this summer is going to be the best!" at some point. With all these tips, the summer of 2012 is bound to be the most memorable yet!