As we’re going through the Financial Peace University, we’re doing a lot of financial calculations for long-term goals. How long until we have 6 mo. of expenses in our Emergency Fund (Baby Step #3)? How quickly do we expect to progress through the next Baby Steps? Once we reach it, how long will we be on Baby Step #7 (paying off the mortgage)? And then, when we need a pick-me-up because it all seems like a long way off, we play pretend and do some fun calculations. What could we do with our money once we were literally debt free? How fast could we amass it to buy X or go to Y? How soon could we amass enough to retire early? What would we do if we worked because we wanted to and not because we needed to anymore?
That part’s REALLY fun.
And after playing this one night, it got me thinking about my bucket list. My Post-Debt Bucket List. So, this is my plan for when we can play with our money. In no particular order,
- Ride a zipline.
- Successfully complete some type of long-distance endurance challenge. (This year, it’s Tough Mudder.)
- Take bellydancing classes.
- Own a Great Dane.
- Learn to play the bagpipes.
- Become better at playing the celtic harp.
- Ride a horse along a beach.
- Swim with sharks. (This kind of stuff.)
- Pick up jumping/eventing again.
- Travel to Europe. (I’ve been to Madrid, so I’m part of the way there. I need a few more European countries in my passport before I can honestly say I’ve been “to Europe” though.)
- Publish a story in McSweeney’s.
- Learn to read sheet music.
- Ride/compete/foxhunt with my daughter.
- Fall asleep in a hammock.
- Take a trapeze/aerial performance class. (Interestingly enough, there’s a place for this in D.C. I think God’s trying to tell me something….)
- Ride a freestyle kur.
- Take a pole-dancing class. (For the fitness, perverts!)
- See a kangaroo in Australia.
- Learn Irish step dancing.
- Own a stick-shift Mustang convertible.
- Publish a novel.
- Publish more novels.
- Learn basic, conversational Russian.
- See an iceberg up close.
- Master the practice of circular breathing while playing my didgeridoo.
- Be completely debt-free (even the mortgage).
- Learn to be a fire dancer.
- Travel to Ireland.
- Become fit enough to run farther (in consecutive minutes) than I am old (in years).
- Touch a dolphin.
- Go fishing.
- Make a “sustainable income” with my writing.
- Get honey from a real beehive.
- Rappel from a mountain.
- Publish a poem.
- Have a house with a slide that goes from one floor to the one (or oneS!) below.
- Get my concealed carry permit and carry around a handgun.
- Have my kid(s) surpass me in an area that I excel. (A positive one. Surpassing me on being a jerk won’t be cool.)
- Successfully complete some type of zombie run.
A few of these things I’ve already done, but I put them on here because I want to do them again. There are no rules about Bucket Lists, so I’m just making this one work my way. Most of the things on here are new. Now it’s just a matter of time until we’re in a financial position to allow me to do them.
If nothing else, this list is one of the best incentives for sticking to the FPU plan (once you’ve realized that Dave’s plan IS actually achievable).