• Monica Montanari

The "Un-Bucket" List

Updated: May 23


Sometimes I'll be searching Pinterest looking for things to inspire me, and see things I've already gotten to do. When I think about it, so far I've had a pretty amazing life. It just made me think: why do we spend so much time on what we want to do before we die? What about the things we've already done? I came up with this concept of an "un" bucket list. The things that, if I died tomorrow, would be some of the greatest moments of my life, and some of the things I'm the most thankful for in my life. Some day, at my funeral, I want them to read this list and know that my life, though difficult, was definitely worth it.

I have...

  • Lived in Los Angeles

  • Driven a convertible down PCH and on the Santa Monica pier

  • Visited the Hollywood Walk-of-Fame

  • Explored the Mammoth caves in Kentucky

  • Caught fireflies in Kentucky

  • Thrown someone a surprise party

  • Had a surprise party thrown for men

  • Prank called people

  • Seen the Red Hot Chili Peppers live

  • Seen Taylor Swift live

  • Owned my dream car

  • Jumped off a cliff

  • Rode on the back of a motorcycle

  • Made my parents proud (not consistently, okay)

  • Been to Hawaii with my whole family (multiple islands, multiple times)

  • Swam with a dolphin

  • Swam with a sea turtle

  • Been on a whale watching cruise

  • Grown my hair really long

  • Been to 5 European countries with my family

  • Traveled to Italy with my family

  • Found our long-lost relatives in Italy

  • Seen the leaning tower of Pisa

  • Eaten pizza in Italy

  • Had homemade pasta in Italy

  • Cruised down the canals of Venice

  • Been to mass at the Vatican

  • Made a wish at the Trevi fountain in Rome (and returned to do it again!)

  • Snuck a pic of the Sistine Chapel

  • Skied (boarded) in the Swiss Alps (literally the matterhorn) with my family

  • Had chocolate in Switzerland

  • Rode a gondola in the Swiss Alps

  • Walked in the passage from the Swiss mountains to the Italian border

  • Been to Germany with my family

  • Visited a German biergarten

  • Graduated college

  • Kissed in the rain

  • Had a beach bonfire surrounded by friends

  • Slept on the beach under the stars

  • Woken up to a beach sunrise

  • Visited a trampoline park

  • Carved my initials with the one I loved into a rock

  • Got a tattoo at the shop I wanted to go to since I was 11 (Kat Von D's 'High Voltage')

  • Poured a drink on somebody

  • Picked apples, had fresh apple cider, apple donuts, applesauce, you name it.

  • Been on a sunset gondola ride with the one I love

  • Been to Paris with the love of my life

  • Kissed the one I love while the Eiffel tower lit up at night

  • Snuck pommes frites into the Eiffel tower

  • Sipped champagne while seeing a show at the Moulin Rouge

  • Eaten crepes in Paris

  • Had McDonald's in two continents

  • Earned a Master's degree

  • Gotten to attend my dream school

  • Gone skinny dipping

  • Walked in the footsteps of Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Had biscuits and gravy in the South

  • Seen a performance at the Ryman Auditorium & Grand Ole Opry

  • Been on a cross-country road trip

  • Heard 'Dixieland Delight' played from inside Bryant-Denny Stadium

  • Heard Lynyrd Skynyrd perform "Sweet Home Alabama", "Free Bird", and "Simple Man" live.

  • Gone to a celebrity's house party

  • Seen Blondie live

  • Gone stargazing on a date

  • Serenaded someone outside their window with roses

  • Done a thousand things that terrify me

  • Learned my own strength

I'm going to keep adding- so tell me: what's on your un-bucket list?! And what else needs to be on mine?!