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Cheesehead Chatter: What's on your bucket list?

Looking at the variety of terms on my bingo card, I realize that living a fulfilling life doesn't necessarily just mean doing big, extravagant activities. Although I'm happy to have checked off some of the more extreme or exciting things on the list - like ziplining, walking a suspension bridge, touching the ocean and rope swinging into water - there are plenty of smaller ones I haven't done that I feel would add something positive to my life as well.

Every so often, the staff at the Echo Journal and Brainerd Dispatch play a friendly game of office bingo. Each game we get a blank card with a list of terms that have to do with a different theme. We pick a few words to fill in our cards, and then we get a couple words emailed to us each day until someone gets a "bingo."

It's just a simple little game that adds a couple minutes of fun to each workday and seems to boost employee morale.

Sometimes the themes are timely, like Christmas movies in December, fair food in August or college basketball in March. Other times we get a random theme that someone suggests, like the game we're currently playing, which is called "The Bucket List." The terms in the word bank are all activities, some that seem like traditional bucket list items and some that are a little more or less obscure. This got me thinking.

I don't have a physical bucket list, but I do have a mental list of a few big things I know I'd like to do before kicking the bucket, like skydiving and traveling to every continent (except Antarctica - that might be a bit far-fetched).

Beyond that though, I can't think of a ton of other "big" things I really feel the need to accomplish in my life. But looking at the variety of terms on my bingo card, I realize that living a fulfilling life doesn't necessarily just mean doing big, extravagant activities. Although I'm happy to have checked off some of the more extreme or exciting things on the list - like ziplining, walking a suspension bridge, touching the ocean and rope swinging into water - there are plenty of smaller ones I haven't done that I feel would add something positive to my life as well.

I've never done a charity walk or sung a karaoke duet (or a solo for that matter, but I don't think anyone wants to hear that). I haven't ever adopted an animal or rolled in a huge pile of leaves (I grew up with evergreens in my yard).

There are other more low-key activities on the list too, like learn to crochet, create a family tree or sew something you can wear. I haven't even thought about doing any of those things, but now that I think about it, it might be kind of cool to be able to say, "Yeah, I know how to crochet" or "This skirt? Actually, I sewed it myself."

Those might not seem like huge things, but I think they're things that could add a little bit of flavor to life. So I encourage those of you reading this to make some form of a bucket list if you don't already have one.

It could have items as big as going on an African safari or as small as learning a new cooking technique - whatever it is you feel might add some needed spice to your everyday life.

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