Go skydiving. Visit Macchu Pichu. Swim with dolphins. Learn a new language.
These are all items listed in the top 10 items people put on their bucket list – things to do before we die. Most involve extensive travel or a huge time commitment. Most cost a lot of moolah. Most people never complete their bucket lists.
A few years ago, I set up a bucket list for myself. 40 things to do before I turn 40 – I have just a few years left. A few items are crossed off now…
- Visit the Cinque Terre region of Italy
- Meet my Dutch pen pal of 20 years
- Take a cooking class in Italy
- Do a public speaking event
- Go on a cruise
- Travel by myself
…but there are so many that remain incomplete:
- Run a half marathon (I’ve done multiple 10K races – surely I can just add them up?!)
- Write a book (What do I have to share with the world that’s worth publishing?)
- Get a high school diploma (I really don’t need one to pursue my dreams. But…)
- Attend a Broadway show (Ok, this one. For reals.)
I recently shared my entire list on a Facebook group dedicated to intentional living, and one woman left a comment that has stayed with me. She posted: “I choose to have ‘experiencing’ items on my list, as opposed to ‘achieving'”. Whoa.
What if it’s all about the journey, the experiencing, the adventuring?
Saying yes instead of No. Trying new things.
What if we added items like:
- Fully appreciate a hot coffee on the patio in the crisp September morning air…
- Stay present and truly listen to my 8-year-old describe his Minecraft adventures…
- Close my eyes a second longer and feel the smooth rich texture of my cotton bed linens…
- Open my eyes to the wonder and beauty that is all around me, every day…
My new bucket list? Be here. Be now. Say yes.