My bucket list just got bigger by one…

My honeymoon was on an island in Fiji. It was meant to be five days of newly married bliss lying on the beach, lying by the pool and lying in bed. But an unwanted guest decided to blow in and ruin my horizontal holiday. His name was Mick and he was a big old, scary cyclone that ravaged the island paradise.

For three days we sat frightened in our room. While the wind whipped the windows we watched movies and drank the wine we raided from the bar. One of the movies we watched was The Bucket List and straight after watching said movie my new husband and I decided that we would make a bucket list and, should we make it out of Fiji alive, we would implement it.

We wrote down 99 things and that same piece of paper now nearly five years on is stuck on our pin board. Slowly but surely we are ticking things off the list – from meeting our sponsor child in Peru to making another human being.

One of our small pleasures in life is seeing our dreams crossed off the list as we achieve them. So when Nature Play QLD sent me a bucket list for 12-year-olds I was intrigued. Why would a 12-year-old need a bucket list?

The idea was created off the back of some pretty shocking statistics – an abysmal “D” was awarded to Aussie kids for overall physical activity levels in the inaugural Active Healthy Kids Australia Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth.

According to the report, 80 per cent of five to 17-year-olds aren’t meeting the Australian physical activity guidelines of at least 60 minutes of exercise each day. So the Nature Play program compiled a list of 51 things all kids should have experienced before adulthood.

Reading through the ideas transported me back to my childhood and number 100 on my bucket list now is to complete these with Millie. Here are my favourites:

  1. Climb a tree
  2. Sleep under the stars
  3. Go beach combing after a storm
  4. Play ‘chasy’ in the rain
  5. Make a backyard water slide with plastic and a hose
  6. Find a cave or create one
  7. Slide down a sand hill on cardboard
  8. Play ‘spotlight’
  9. Play under a sprinkler
  10. Make a kite and fly it

For more head to the website: www.natureplay.org.au

How many of these things have you done and how many have your children done? The answer may frighten you.