Bucket List or Wish List?

There is something defeatist about the term Bucket List, the things we want to do before we die. Of course, we will all die but isn’t it better to think about what we wish to achieve from a more uplifting perspective? I much prefer the term Wish List. It opens up more possibilities and it feels magical. Fairy, fairy godmother, please make my wish come true.

We all have things that we would like to accomplish in our lives and I remember as a child in Spain it was often said that in order to have a full life you should have a child, plant a tree and write a book. In people’s Wish Lists you find all sorts of things: swim with dolphins, climb Kilimanjaro, see the Northern Lights, be in a Hollywood movie, learn to play an instrument…



One of the things that has been on my Wish List as far as I can remember is to read the Count of Monte Cristo in French. Why this particular book, I do not know. Perhaps I saw a TV series when I was small and it had a profound effect on me. As it turns out, the certain idea that I would read this novel in its native language, has marked my literary habits for I have read remarkably little French literature knowing in my heart that the day would come when I would be able to read it in French.

And here I am, in Paris already for nearly two months, trying to get to grips with the language. Still only a beginner but I have taken the step. I know it will be a few months before I can achieve my dream but I have a wonderful sense of anticipation, it is thrilling to know it is round the corner…

Notre Dame from Pont de Arts, Paris

Notre Dame from Pont de Arts, Paris

2 thoughts on “Bucket List or Wish List?

  1. Seeing these pictures is bringing back great memories of my travels in Paris, too short but hopefully some day I’ll return to get through more of the Louvre….

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