As someone who lives in New York (and takes the subway every day), hearing about the apocalypse is a daily occurrence.
Whenever I exit a subway station, there seems to be some kind of character with a sign telling me to live a better life because the end of the world is imminent. I never listen, of course, because every time they say that, the date comes and goes with nary an apocalypse.
But sometimes — just sometimes — I can't help but wonder: What if one of those fanatics is eventually right and knows precisely when the world will end? Have I checked off enough items on my bucket list to make the apocalypse's advent okay?
What I've realized is that the key to making an apocalypse-friendly bucket list is to add goals that can actually be realized. So, in that spirit, here are 19 attainable things to add to your bucket list.
1. Climb the Eiffel Tower.
Will you have the funds to fly first class to Paris and stay in a hotel overlooking the Eiffel Tower? Realistically, maybe not. But you COULD buy a travel deal to Paris, stay in a different neighborhood and climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Same view, less money.
2. Road trip through Argentina's wine country.
What could be better than traveling from one vineyard to the next? Unlike pricier alternatives in Italy or France, Argentina offers a step back in time as well as delicious vino. Just start practicing the phrase “Mas Malbec, por favor,” and you'll be set.
3. Get a tattoo.
Find a quote or picture you'll never tire of and get it tattooed somewhere on your body. If you put it somewhere that is easily covered (like your thigh or shoulder blade), it can even be a secret you take to the grave (literally).
4. Foster a puppy.
I've always wanted a puppy for as long as I can remember. However, I live a busy life, and I'm not sure I have enough time to be a good dog mom.
With foster services, you can parent a dog for a set period of time to show it love without the full commitment of ownership. It's a great way to test the waters.
5. Buy that baller piece of jewelry you always wanted.
Even if there isn't an apocalypse, life is too short to NOT have one piece of jewelry that you are absolutely in love with. Plus, it's a splurge that will last a lifetime.
6. Eat your dream meal, no matter the calories.
Health is important, I get that. But so is living it up once in a while! If you've always wanted to eat a 25-course meal complete with sorbet palette cleansers, duck à l'orange recipe and a 24-carat gold ice cream sundae, then make it happen AT LEAST once in your life.
7. And always get the extra guac.
Extra guac is the ultimate YOLO experience that you can live every day.
8. Crash a wedding.
You should have something slightly naughty on your bucket list so you have a story to tell the grandkids one day. Being a wedding crasher is awesome because it allows you to play a character in someone else's Big Day.
And, at the very least, there's always free cake.
9. Participate in Yacht Week in Europe.
Old World European countries like Croatia? Check. Beaches? Check. Yacht? Check. Personal skipper and cook? Check.
I just wish every week were Yacht Week.
10. Ask out that one person you've always carried the torch for (if you're single, of course).
You don't want to live your life fantasizing about what may have been with “The One Who Got Away.” If you're single, it's time to bite the bullet and ask out that person you almost got together with a few years ago, or revisit the relationship that maybe shouldn't have fallen apart.
11. Camp in the Grand Canyon.
Think about those Instagram photos at dawn. They'd be solid gold. 75 likes easily. Maybe even 100.
12. Spend an entire day getting pampered in a spa.
We all deserve at least one day (at the VERY least!!) in our lives that's spent being pampered from head to toe. Book a spa day and get everything they have to offer, from the seaweed wrap to the mud exfoliating cleanse.
13. Rent a villa right on the beach for a tropical weekend.
Yet another weekend when you'll have next-level Instagram photos.
14. Go to the concert you've always wanted to go to.
Listening to your favorite band on your phone is all well and good (though a record player would be infinitely better). But the best version of your favorite song will always be the one you hear live, surrounded by tens of thousands of people, all screaming the lyrics.
15. Learn to play a musical instrument.
You've likely spent your whole life saying you wish you could play the guitar or the piano or a drum kit. With a little effort and money, you can totally make that happen.
16. Go zip-lining.
Sky diving and bungee jumping are next-level ways to seek your thrills. But sometimes they're TOO next-level for those of us who like to keep it a little safer. Zip-lining, on the other hand, is completely secure, and it allows you to fly through awesome scenery at 35-50 miles per hour.
17. Swim with dolphins and/or sea turtles.
You've already made plenty of human friends, so it's time to make some dolphin or sea turtle friends before your time on Earth is up.
18. Karaoke. And then Karaoke again.
Karaoke is easy when it's in a private room. But when you have to humiliate yourself in front of people you don't know, that's when the real fun begins. Just make sure you nail the right karaoke song ahead of time.
19. Always tell your friends and family you love them.
I know, I know. What a cheesy way to end a list of genuinely cool and awesome things. But this one is the most important. Just think: When you look back at the end of your life, you may remember your best experiences, but you'll definitely remember the loved ones who were there with you for the ride.
Get ready to add a new show to your bucket list: “No Tomorrow” Series Premiere October 4th, Tuesday at 9/8c on The CW!