All right, before I can even share my bucket list for this summer I have to share a confession: I almost didn’t even write this out because I thought, “What’s the point? I’ll probably not even get a chance to do most of this before summer ends.” You see, right now we’re home A LOT because we’re renovating our kitchen, and that’s going to stretch through all of June, severely limiting our time for fun activities outside the house. Also I have an almost one-year-old who naps (which is normal and good, I’m glad she does!) and that further limits my free time to go out and galavant about the city. With those two hefty excuses, I thought about writing this summer off and not even making a bucket list. Fewer expectations, fewer disappointments, right?
And then I realized that, like so many things in life, there’s always going to be an excuse. For example, last summer I had a baby. The previous summer I was working full time and in school and we moved. The summer before that I was also working full time and in school. Literally I could go on and on all the way back to the summer we got married five years ago, but something tells me you’re not really here to read all that!
Instead, what I realized is that I should, absolutely, one hundred percent, go ahead and make the bucket list for this summer. And that I should, absolutely, one hundred percent, not be too terribly disappointed when/if I don’t check everything off of it. Because that’s simply life, and I happen to love my life right now, and wouldn’t want it any other way. So here are my goals! What are yours?
- Go to a baseball game – like our minor league team, the Columbus Clippers.
2. Visit Rockmill Brewery – less than an hour away from the city and in such a beautiful area it makes for a perfect day trip!
3. Visit three new metro parks – there are so many in Columbus, and while I’ve loved every one I’ve been to so far, I want to branch out! (no pun intended)
4. Visit Hocking Hills State Park – we go here for my birthday each year and it’s my favorite.
5. Do some sort of water activity – planning on checking stand up paddle boarding off this list next week!
6. Go to a rooftop bar or patio – like Vaso, which is right down the road.
7. Go to a concert – literally any concert. It could even just be free music in the park. Just get to one!
8. Take advantage of as many other summer opportunities that I can – like festivals, walking to get ice cream, splash pads, all the above!
Did I forget anything? Probably! But I can always add on 🙂