The Huffington Post has written about the 10 things everyone should do before they die. We've also written about the 10 trips everyone needs to take in their 50s. And we've listed the 50 things every woman should know how to do by the time she turns 50.
No doubt middle age is as good a time as any to take stock of what you've done and accomplished in your life, and figure out what more you'd like to do with your time now that you're both older and (maybe a little) wiser. Hence, the making of bucket lists.
If you're looking to add some items to that list, you're in luck! We've created a lineup of 50 things we think people should experience at least once after 50 -- if they haven't already done so -- with the help of our writers and our Facebook fans.
When asked, many of our fans expressed a desire to visit or live in a new place. "I want to live in a coastal town [so I can] awaken to sand and surf," said Idolly White. "I'd like to be able to awaken every morning and stroll or bike for a long time while watching and hearing the waves' constant motion." Others had already tried something new. "My youngest son took me white water rafting for my 65th birthday -- fantastic time," said Barbara Perry. "And my husband took me whale watching off San Juan Islands where we saw so many whales -- a lifetime event! I love my life!"
How many of these have you already experienced? Tell us in the comments section, or add your own suggestions to the list.
1. Try surfing.
2. Go on a shallow dive.
3. Adopt a pet from a shelter.
4. Take Tango lessons.
5. Go on a Hollywood bus tour to see where your favorite stars live.
6. Visit Niagara Falls.
7. Visit a city where they don't speak your language.
8. Fast for a day.
9. Work in a soup kitchen for a day and talk to those you serve.
10. Sit at an outdoor cafe in Paris with a copy of Hemingway's "A Moveable Feast."
11. Visit Marilyn Monroe's crypt.
12. Go to Graceland and pay homage to The King.
13. Throw yourself a birthday party where everything is just the way you want it.
14. Give away your favorite piece of jewelry to your daughter or son.
15. Camp on a remote beach in Greece.
16. Visit where your parents grew up.
17. Stand at the Western Wall and hear the silence through the cacophony of noises.
18. Visit at least five of the Wonders of the World.
19. Be first in line at a Black Friday sale, even if you have to camp out the night before.
20. Take tennis lessons, sailing lessons, yoga lessons.
21. Go to your high school reunion.
22. Go on a silent retreat.
23. Test drive a Ferrari.
24. Swim in at least five oceans, preferably in the same year.
25. Hike the Pacific Crest or John Muir trail.
26. Stay at the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur.
27. Fall in love with your partner all over again.
28. Stay with a family in Italy so you can experience the "real" Italy.
29. Complete a conversation in a foreign language.
30. See a Broadway show.
31. Read a newspaper cover to cover.
32. Go without Internet for a month.
33. Keep a journal.
34. Re-connect with a friend you haven't talked to in at least 10 years.
35. Fly first class.
36. Stay up all night with friends and watch the sun come up.
37. Go skinny dipping.
38. Teach someone a skill you're really good at.
39. Splurge on something extravagant.
40. Eat with chopsticks.
41. Repair something yourself.
42. Visit the market in Chichicastenango, Guatemala.
43. Research your family history.
44. Spend an afternoon mentoring/tutoring a child in need.
45. Build a fire.
46. Make a dramatic change to your hairstyle.
47. Take a leap of faith.
48. Throw a surprise party for someone you really care about.
49. Visit the Blue Lagoon in Iceland.
50. Tell a joke that has an entire room laughing.
Earlier on HuffPost50:
A Good Friend
Better yet -- a few: one who makes you laugh, one who listens without judgment and one who challenges you.
A Good Book...
...always on hand to return to.
At Least One Great Love Of Her Life...
...and preferably more than one. Letting go of the idea that there is a "one and only" person out there for you is a sign of maturity. By opening your mind and your heart to the possibility -- the reality -- that you can fall in love again, you remove a big obstacle to happiness.
A Go-To Purse...
...that's never out of style.
Great Black Boots...
...to go with everything.
A Comfortable Bed and Bedding
A Good Vibrator
A Treasured Hobby
A Secret Crush
A Regular Exercise Routine...
...ideally one that involves friends.
At Least One Amazing Travel Experience
The Grace To Accept A Compliment
A Recognition Of Your Strengths...
...and how to use them.
A Handle On Your Buttons...
...and how to deactivate them.
An Appreciation That Gratitude Is The Basis For A Happy Life
The Experience To Know That Loving Is An Act Of Giving, Not Receiving
The Understanding That Money Is Not Happiness, Power Or Security...
...but just a tool to help you get the things you value; and that you can often get many of them without a lot of money.
A Love Of Life-Long Learning
Life ends when your mind shuts down, not when your body fails you.
The Smarts Not To Be A Victim
Self-sufficiency is part of wholeness.
The Awareness That The Grass Is NEVER Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence
The Ability To Laugh At Yourself...
...and with others. A sense of humor is a great tonic for the mind and soul.
With decades of experience under your belt, you know how to move forward with courage and confidence.
Belief In, And Support Of, A Cause Higher Than Oneself
A Quiet, Verdant Place...
...to disappear and appreciate Mother Nature.
Eight Hours Of Sleep On A Regular Basis!
The Ripe Report
"That You Really Didn't Have To Put Up With All That Bs...
...and you are perfect just the way you are." --Esther Petrilli-Massey
"Hopefully A Wonderful Relationship...
...and 'true' self confidence and self esteem." --David M. Logan
"All Of The 'Stuff' Doesn't Matter."
"The big house you wanted...well, as you get older it gets empty. Then you want to downsize and purge the stuff!" --Patti McGee Thompson
"Know That Spark Inside That Connects You To What Really Matters."
"If you let it take the lead, you'll deepen toward more honesty, creativity, meaning, purpose and joy." --Christine Castigliano
"Their Own Bank Account"
"That Beauty Is Not One Size Fits All!"
--Patricia Crisafulli, Huff Post Blogger
"The Ability To Say 'No' Without Guilt."
"Successful Adult Children Who Do Not Live At Home."
"An Expensive Piece Of Jewelry That Was Purchased By Herself."
"A really good sex life with a least one partner (past/present) a knowledege that info. constantly changes and we have to keep moving with it." --Linda
"Have The Courage To Stand Up For What You Believe In Without Fear Or Apology."
"A Relationship With The God Of The Universe."
"Reconciliation With 'MOM' Whether She Is Alive Or Deceased."
"What Other People Think Of You Is None Of Your Business!"
'Don't Sweat The Small Stuff', Don't 'Spin Your Wheels' Over The Insignificant....
"The ability to prioritize what is important, will truly impact your life, or has significant negative consequences vs what is just an 'issue' that gets under your skin, or a perceived problem that is more trouble than it truly is worth. We often tend to get wound-up about things that really aren't as important as we think they are. If we stop and think---'Will this truly have a positive or negative effect on my life (or others'), or is it just something that is bugging me and I'm spinning my wheels trying to deal with it?'" --Chris
"Her Own Income."
"How To Keep Her Heart Healthy."
"Having The Confidence To Take Your Own Self Out To Dinner...
...when no one is available to go with you." --"Lucy and Ethel"
"By 50 A Woman Should Take A No Guilt Day At Home In Her Jammies Whenever She Needs One."
"Regularly Scheduled Manicures, Pedicures And Fresh Flower Deliveries."