Matt's Summer Bucket List


I love the idea of having a “bucket list,” and ever since the movie, “The Bucket List” and the MTV show, “The Buried Life,” this phrase has become a part of our pop culture. My friends and I have been checking off things on our mental bucket lists over the past few years. Some of the most memorable items checked off were jumping off a bridge into the Suwannee River, getting branded with a metal wire, and going to the beach and camping out in a random spot. I must admit we were pretty crazy back in the day, but what teenagers aren’t? There was something so thrilling about living life on the edge and even though I am more mature now, I feel like creating a break in the day-to-day is necessary.

So, I have created a bucket list for my first summer in Orlando. It’s not very long, but I’m sure I will be adding to it throughout the summer. I kind of already crossed one of the items off when I got my fourth tattoo a couple weekends ago with some friends. But, since I have become addicted to getting ink I decided to add it back to the list.I also have plans to work on some film projects, starting with a music video featuring a drag queen, as well as some short films with a film student at UCF.Like I said, this is my first summer in Orlando, so I am very excited to explore while I don’t have the stress of classes.

Along my adventures, I plan on trying new restaurants. I love hole-in-the-wall places that don’t look like much on the outside but offer crazy good food. Hopefully I’ll find a place like that this summer.

Living in Orlando, you’d think I’d be at the theme parks every weekend, but I have been really busy these past two years. This summer I plan on going at least a couple times to Universal Studios and to Busch Gardens in Tampa.

Cassadaga is said to be one of the most spiritual cities in the United States, and that just fascinates me. I want to make the drive over there this summer and see what all the hype is about.

One of the most important things I want to do this summer is catch up with old friends. Being away from home for so long, it’s easy to get caught up in school and work and start to let things slip.

Summer is short and before you know it, fall will be here and classes will begin (unless you have summer classes) so enjoy summer while it lasts. Create your own bucket list and create memories you’ll never forget.

  • Get (another) tattoo
  • Work on film projects with friends
  • Take lots of photos
  • Go to concerts
  • Explore Orlando
  • Try new restaurants
  • Go to a theme park
  • Visit Cassadaga
  • Catch up with old friends

- Matt