Six common bucket list items I’ve already achieved

A pile of buckets.

I’ve been busy planning my 40 before 40 challenge this week. It’s something that I’m really looking forward to doing – even though some of the things I have in mind are really going to take me out of my comfort zone.

While reading other blogs and websites for inspiration, it struck me that I’ve actually achieved a fair few of the most common ones. In fact, I’ve done quite a few of them as a result of starting this blog.

So here are six common bucket list items I’ve already achieved.

Quit a job

Well, as I left the rat race to go full time as a blogger, let’s start with this one. I left my miserable old existence three years ago and still don’t miss it. While I stopped short of storming out – I handed in my notice – I did say “Ha! No way!” when asked if I would reconsider.

At the time I was stressed and bordering on ill so it wasn’t the joyous, empowering kind of exit synonymous with films. It was the right decision to make though and has worked out well.

Solve a Rubik’s Cube

Done! A few years ago, I took part in a blogger challenge during which I learned how to solve the famous cube before going against the clock and other bloggers.

Amazingly, I won the challenge, but my time was just shy of four minutes so I won’t be breaking records anytime soon!

Meet a hero

I don’t have photographic evidence of this as I didn’t want to bother him further, but I met Michael Palin at the Clangers premiere.

He was exactly as he appears to be on telly and, even though he had to head off somewhere else, he found a few minutes to chat with me and seemed genuinely interested in what I had to say.

I’ve also met an Olympic gold medallist and three World Cup winners. Some people say you shouldn’t meet heroes, but I’m so glad I did.

Have a book published

I’ve actually had two books published, but they’re rather obscure! The first was a printed anthology of posts by dads that I put together with fellow dad blogger and thoroughly nice bloke Tim Atkinson.

The second was a contract publishing gig. It’s about a subject that’s as far removed from parenting as you can get. What can I say? I was young and needed the money.

Go to a football match

I’ve been to quite a few games but there’s one in particular that stands out. Not because it was an amazing match, not because it was my first international fixture or even because it was at Wembley.

No, it was the first game I’ve taken my dad to rather than the other way round. Another common item on lists is treating your parents to something big, so I think this counts as a two-in-one!

Eat in a restaurant on your own

I’ve done this a number of times. Most recently on my 38th birthday as I had to stay in London overnight as I was on breakfast television early the next morning. Humblebrag.

I really don’t get the point of this one. You eat too quickly, have nobody to talk to and feel that everyone’s watching you. What’s to like?

Which common bucket list items have you already achieved?


  1. Ross

    I’ve swam with dolphins, done a skydive, taken illegal substances (is that a bucket list item?), got married and had children, appeared on TV (also a humblebrag), and I do actually have a bucket list somehwere around the house that I used to look at an awful lot when I was depressed. Hello give me something to motivate myself and give my life some sort of apparent meaning. ‍♂️

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