If you spent any time on the internet the past summer, you may have come across the story of an Urban Outfitter’s employee who found a Pittsburgh teenager’s summer bucket list. I have distinct memories of writing similar lists when I was in high school with goals like “wear a dress on a random day!” or “swim across the lake and back.” I’m sure if anyone had found one of my lists, I would have been mortified. Regardless of how this mystery teen feels about it, when her list went viral, a lot of people were inspired. Summer bucket lists seem to have universal appeal, although not everyone literally writes theirs down. How many times have you heard someone say “This summer I’m going to…”
At the cusp of summer, around May, summer has finally arrived and it stretches out into the future. Countless sunny days and warm nights provide us with endless possibilities. This is the year that you won’t let it pass you by. In short, summer is oddly motivating. Not aggressively so, in the self-improvement way of January that pushes you to become an overachieving, physically fit, clean-eating, productivity machine. Summer is a gentle taskmaster where goals like ice cream dates or sitting outside under the stars are perfectly ambitious. July and August are ultimately about the pursuit of happiness and creating lasting memories.
These goals are so attainable at the start of summer. How hard is it to get yourself to the Zoo for an afternoon to nail a selfie with Blizzard and Storm. Too hard, it turns out. I’m not sure how your summer has been, but ours has zoomed by. I’m pretty sure it went super sonic. I haven’t been able to keep up. It’s August (and has been for a couple of weeks), but I keep jotting July as the date. While it seems like I haven’t done anything as planned, I did manage to check off a few items on my bucket list:
- cheered on the Bombers at a game (they lost)
- Enjoyed the Perseid meteor shower (which set off some anxiety about aliens)
- walked around the Exchange District for a free art display (shoutout to Craig Winslow, thanks for loving us more than we love ourselves)
- attended a beautiful wedding for a lovely couple (congrats Priya and Rob!)
- Made s’mores (the Italian way, with Nutella)
- did some serious car karaoke (with the accompaniment of Spotify’s Happy Hits playlist)
And yet there are a few Winnipeg-specific items which remain undone. Luckily there is still technically 36 days of summer left.
- have a drink on the Bar I patio (while silently passing judgment on everyone and everything that passes by)
- actually show up to a yoga class in Millennium Park (it’s free and literally around the corner. Why haven’t I gone?)
- eat the pumpkin soft serve ice cream from Sargent Sundae (the summer-pumpkin overlap is a small, but delicious window of time)
- buy the ridiculously delicious potato doughnuts from the Hutterites at the Downtown Winnipeg Farmers’ Market
- get a little tipsy while drinking the traditional alcohol at a Folklorama pavilion (hey, it’s cultural)
How about you? What successes did you have? Is anything left on your 2017 summer bucket list?