I’ve Been to the Mountain Top

“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary

Last week for a lecture on “The Power of WOW” our entire group did a sunrise hike of Table Mountain.  It’s a flat topped mountain that overlooks the city of Cape Town and serves as the cities most notable landmark.  Table Mountain sits about 1,o00 meters (3,500 ft.)  above sea level and the early morning hike was definitely a challenge.  It is possibly one of the hardest things I’ve done in a long time.  Before the trek I was imagining a Stone Mountain like journey up the mountain but the steep, windy hills definitely were nothing like the small, Georgia mountain.

Once we reached the top the hike was immediately worth it.  The views of the city from the top of the mountain were incredible.  It seemed like I was sitting on top of the world.  Cape Town is such a stunning city.  It rests between the ocean and a mountain and offers some of the best scenery in the world.  From the top of the mountain we were instructed to create a 50 item bucket list of what we wanted to do before we kick the bucket.  Here’s my tentative Bucket List from the mountaintop:

(Warning: Some items on the list are a joke! If you take life too seriously please stop reading now, because I don’t!)

1.      Visit all 50 States
2.      Visit all 7 continents
3.      Swim in every ocean
4.      Sail the greek isles
5.      Watch a Shakespearean play in England
6.      Host my own TV show
7.      Launch my own TV network
8.      Be in a major motion picture
9.      Climb Mt Everest
10.     Visit the Taj Mahal
11.     Shake hands with the President
12.     Become a CEO
13.     Inspire others
14.     Go to a World Cup Match
15.     Watch Olympic Track & Field
16.      Have tea with the Queen of England
17.      Date a Victoria Secret “Angel”
18.     Date another Victoria Secret “Angel”
19.     Start a big family
20.     Own a private island (like Nekker Island)
21.     Own a penthouse in NYC
22.     Visit outerspace
23.     Go to the winter Olympics
24.     Learn to speak Spanish
25.     Learn to speak Afrikaans
26.     Re visit South Africa
27.     Have a crazy Ranch/Zoo/Mansion (like Neverland minus crazy Michael Jackson)
28.     Own a zebra
29.     Own a giraffe
30.     Own a lion
31.     Date a pop star
32.     Start a non profit
33.     Fall in love
34.     Have a best friend I would die for
35.     Date a movie star
36.     Marry an heiress
37.     Take all of her money
38.     Go skydiving
39.     Bungee jump
40.     Make a kid laugh
41.     Drink every type of coke from around the world in its home country
42.     Become a YouTube celebrity with Claire Shurley
43.     Play with Penguins
44.     Fist pump at the jersey shore
45.     Eat sushi in Japan
46.     Write a book
47.     Hitchhike through Europe
48.     Go to Mass at the Vatican
49.     Dive in the Great Barrier Reef
50.     Climb a pyramid in Egypt

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  1. Go ahead and check number 34 off, I’m right here! Awesome list Jhaff… You better get to dating if you’re going to check all of those off. It looks like you’re having a blast. I’m excited for whenever we end up back in the same city and can catch up.

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