Do what you’ve always wanted to do

Imagine doing something different to normal, or finally doing something you’ve always wanted to do. It is possible, even if diagnosed with a terminal illness or facing death.

Sadly, we can become so trapped in the reality of everyday life that we forget to imagine a moment outside of this reality. The humdrum of every day can distract us, particularly when facing death or if a terminal illness is involved; medication, feeling unwell and doctors can sometimes become soul-destroying. Like groundhog day, every day may become a bit meaningless.

That’s why it is important to imagine, even if it is for a moment. Imagine doing something outside your normal, or even better, get out and actually do it! The realities of life are not going to go away, but consider putting them on hold and take some time out to do something wonderfully different, something completely removed from death and dying.

What if

What do you believe happens when you die? I know what I believe, but what if I am wrong? What if my belief about dying is so incorrect that it leaves me embarrassed at the time of death?


We will all die differently. For each of us the circumstances of our death – the surroundings, the timing and the people with us when we die – will be unique. The process of dying…

The Wall

I was speaking to a friend who has incurable lung cancer. He commented that no matter how positive he tries to be, his doctors are usually negative. He would comment” I am going…

The game of life

The game of life is unpredictable and we all know that at some point we are going to be disqualified. It is in the nature of the game, one where everyone eventually loses.

The forbidden topic

I had the opportunity to speak to a prostate cancer support group in the week and as part of my discussion brought up the topic of death and dying. It is not unreasonable…

The art of listening

One of the difficult things I have had to do in the past few weeks is decide about the benefits of dying to understand. It is one thing to have a website…

Don’t be average

Last year was the hottest on record in Australia with temperatures soaring into the 40’s and the discomfort factor hitting “unbearable” for those without air-conditioning.

Future change

You may have heard the well- known story about a frog in hot water. Apparently if you put a frog in a pot of regular water and slowly warm it up, the frog will slowly adapt to the change…


We all have disappointments in life and to tell the truth they are painful and unpleasant. Not winning first prize, not being awarded a gold medal and not securing the perfect job…

Asking for directions

I recently managed to get well and truly lost using satellite navigation and following Susan’s mechanical voice. With confidence Susan took me from “the known” to the “very unknown” parts of Brisbane.

When suffering from a terminal illness or even if facing death, finding the energy to do something such as this can be hard, but trust us when we say, it will be worth it. The benefits of starting your bucket list or crossing some items off your bucket list are endless but things such as giving you a focus and a purpose each day may be the inspiration you need. Imagine the fulfilment when you finally do something you have been longing to achieve.

Stuck on where to begin? Start small and see how you go or have a look at our suggestion below. We’d also love to hear about your bucket list – what’s on in and what you’ve managed to tick off. If you’d be happy to share, scroll to the bottom of the page and you’ll see the corresponding button.

Your Experiences

Show us what you have been up to or see what others have been up to

Taste it

Whether it is simply tasting the best ice-cream in the world, sampling a new taste sensation or enjoying a rare ‘saved for a rainy day’ wine, stopping and deliberately savouring the joy of taste can bring with it so much happiness.

Let your senses explore the range of amazing tastes available. It may be an exotic fried tarantula, Balut, the world’s hottest curry or the refreshing coolness of mango sorbet. Whatever it is, go for it and please remember to share your experience with us.

Experience it

Is there something that you have always wanted to do? Sky-diving, skinny dipping, steam bathing, sitting in a sauna, shooting, singing, taking an African safari or anything else you can imagine. If so, add them to your bucket list and start planning for it. We can almost guarantee the experience will be worth the effort and the feeling of elation that will follow will keep you smiling for months to come! 

Remember to share your experiences with us, we’d love to hear about it.

See it

Have you seen Mt. Kilimanjaro, the northern lights, the amazing features of Venice, Yellowstone National Park, The Big Apple, the Holy Land, or one of the magnificent wonders of Australia? It doesn’t always have to be spectacular to be meaningful. It may be important for you to visit the place you were born or where you grew up. Regardless of where add it to the list and start planning. A terminal illness doesn’t mean you can’t, it just means you should do it now.

Don’t forget, we’d love to hear all about it.

Say it

Write down or record your thoughts, memories, suggestions, recipes, or even your thoughts surrounding the secrets to the universe. Take time to have your say about anything and everything as after death, all our words fall silent. Make them heard today and keep them safe so they can be heard tomorrow.

You could also write a letter to your loved ones for them to read now or once you’re gone. This is a beautiful legacy and a treasured memory for those left behind.


Plant it

What about going green. Have you considered planting a tree that will bring pleasure or memories for generations to follow? There are many great parklands in the world, established hundreds of years ago by people with foresight.

Everyone loves those gardens and trees. We’re not suggesting you recreate Hyde Park or Central Park, but a well-placed tree will last more than a lifetime and be a gift to the world to come. Add it to your bucket list.

Give it

Have you considered helping those less fortunate by giving something to make it better? It may be supporting and rescuing a child from the horrors of trafficking, supporting a child and family through a cancer journey, or simply giving to those who find life harsh. While we are a registered charity, we also support a number of other charities that exist to make a difference in the world. Why not consider what difference you can make by giving today or via a bequest post-death.


Why not get in touch with Red Balloon
and see if they can help with your adventure.

Need some help – Ask your friends to” crowdfund” your experience.

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