I have taken to compiling a bucket list of late, as I attempt to find focus in my life, following medical enforced retirement. The list not only is inspiring positive emotions and experiences to be looked forward to, but it is also giving me reason to budget and watch every penny spent. This in turn has created the need for a further list, as a result of budgeting, and includes extra outings such as going to the local library to borrow books (instead of buying them), eating lunch before wandering the city when up to it and scouring local websites for free activities and festivals. One of the main reasons I have for remaining living in the city and not returning to my smaller home town, following the diagnosis of my illness, is that I thrive on the constant activity within Sydney and the stimulation that it provides me.
I can now say that I have ticked off the first item on my bucket list, Whale Watching!! On the weekend my son and I boarded a boat with much anticipation. We are both massive lovers of the ocean and just being on board provided a sense of familiarity and comfort. My son used the time to improve his photographic skills throughout the 4 hour journey, with focus placed on Sydney Harbour as we headed out way out to deeper waters. Meanwhile I sought out a suitable place to sit on the boat. As the swell began to grow the further out to sea that we cruised, I quickly realized that sitting down could be fraught with danger to my already fragile spine, so I elected to stand for the entire trip which proved a much better, but exhausting, decision. I played my favourite music via an iPod adding to my enjoyment, as I rocked in time with the ocean swell.
We both agreed that we had an absolutely “AWESOME” time and appreciated the opportunity to share this afternoon together working through my bucket list.