You probably have a bucket list. Or you probably at least heard about it and thought of making one. You may even have watched the movie “The Bucket List” and got inspired by it. But the question is, when do you or when should you start ticking out the boxes of your bucket list? My answer to this is, why not start now?
Last September 2015 I turned 30. After a few weeks of my birthday I had a dream that I would die at the age of 40. Well I did not scared of that, but rather I got inspired. I wanted to live more. I wanted to do things that I have never tried and plan to do before I croak off in the future. I want to be able to tell myself before I die that I really lived. So I set out to tick off stuff on my bucket list.
Do I Need A Bucket List?
Do YOU need a bucket list? YES, YOU DEFINITELY NEED TO HAVE A BUCKET LIST! You need to know the things you want to achieve and do before time runs out. Being able to clearly define what you want to experience and do in your life gives you the hope and inspiration to live each day to the fullest. Just the happy thought of writing down your dreams and the things that you want to do gives you a boost stronger than two shots of espresso in the morning.
In my own experience, writing my bucket list helped me narrow down the stuff that I would like to do. I also put in a time frame on when I should start doing it. I’m a bit of a workaholic so by allotting a specific time to this things help me achieve them more. Personally I don’t thing that bucket lists should be just about extreme stuff like skydiving or bungee jumping or even traveling the world. I think the bucket list should include things that you have always wanted to try but you never did. This was swimming for me! I have just recently started ticking stuff off on my list and the first one is learning how to overcome my fear of swimming.
Perks of Having a Bucket List:
- You become inspired.
- You rekindle your childhood dreams.
- You believe that anything is possible.
- You become excited with life.
- You can become braver and stronger.
- You get to start really living life
- You get to have good memories
I can go on and on about the perks and benefits of having a bucket list but ultimately, it does help you live the life of adventure and happiness. Many people just put off their dreams because they think it’s just too impractical or they just have not time for it. But you only have one life and the sooner you make your bucket list, the sooner you realize that working on YOU is the most important thing in life. The advantages of allowing your soul to be free in certain times gives you the strength to deal with the difficult and tough times. Aside from that, our lives are made of experiences and memories. Our memories make us who we are. Once you begin the journey of creating a bucket list and actually ticking the stuff out, you start creating beautiful, lifelong memories. As a bonus, this will be the stuff you tell young children or your bridge-mates when you get old. Your memories would be great stories!
NOW is The Time Make Things Happen
As some people would say, “It’s now or never!”. I have always been the planner and the cautious type of person. I hate jumping into things and I like to plan things out. But I realized that if I don’t actually start doing the things I have listed down, I may never ever get the chance to do them. Right after the New Year, I have decided to change my life; I decided that this year would be MY YEAR. I know I have work to do, I know I have responsibilities (which I won’t neglect) but I also know that I WANT TO LIVE LIFE. I wanted to make things happen for me before I’m too old or weak or sick to do them.
Let me just give you a glimpse of my bucket list (mine is still a work in progress but here are the vital parts).
1. Learn how to swim.
2. Learn to ride a bike.
3. Learn an instrument.
4. Learn a Martial Art
5. Swim in the sea.
6. Climb a mountain.
7. Visit Japan.
8. Visit Italy and eat like Julia Roberts in the movie Eat, Pray, Love
9. Be good at Yoga
10. Conquer my Fear of Heights
I have set a time line into accomplishing these things in the next two years. Numbers one to six are the stuff I want to do this year. I have recently started swimming lessons in order for me to be able to swim in the sea. I have never ridden a bike as a kid so I have to do it soon. My point here is that you have to do something NOW. If you act on each and every moment with a purpose, you make your life more meaningful. If you have the chance or the capability to make things happen at this very moment do it now. I know you may say you can always do it later, but time is running.
By living in the present you get to enjoy life more
- When you do things now, you can have better experiences.
- You can be happier in each and every moment.
- You will always feel alive.
- You start making precious memories right away.
- There is always something good to look forward to.
I know that living life to the fullest is more difficult do do than it is said. But you have to make a choice. Do you always want to stay in sidelines, scrolling on Facebook or Twitter while your friends live their lives or do you want to make your own memories. Your bucket list need not cost so much money. There are many ways to live a more fun, creative and happy life in a simple and inexpensive ways. The only question is how much do you really want it. So are you ready to change your life and tick stuff out on your bucket list?