My Bucket List

I’ve talked quite a bit here about trying to find direction for my life. I’ve discussed discovering what gets me up in the morning and wondering where my life is taking me, but I’ve yet to really pinpoint what I’m working toward now that I’m done with school, employed and living on my own.

Someone asked me a few weeks ago what was on my bucket list, and I told them honestly, that I didn’t have one. At the time, I was so focused on saying yes to any opportunity that came my way that trying to identify activities ahead of time felt too constricting. I wanted to do everything and anything — and in a lot of ways, I still do.

But I’ve been thinking about the bucket list concept ever since. Why would writing down a list of things that appeal to me be constricting? If nothing else, by creating a list, I would be giving myself direction. These would become my goals to work toward. My decisions in life could be structured around achieving these live-long dreams.

My list could become my direction.

So I put a quick one together…

  • Take a yoga class
  • Learn to drive stick shift
  • Go ziplining
  • Try surfing
  • Visit a volcano
  • Be a mentor for someone
  • Get a job promotion
  • Get kicked out of a bar
  • Have my own vegetable garden
  • Learn fluent spanish
  • Participate in a writer’s retreat
  • Publish a novel
  • Publish a short story
  • Send a postcard home from the other side of the world
  • Take a selfie with a llama at Machu Picchu
  • Visit a friend in another country
  • Volunteer in another country

Some of the things on this list are simple, but others will take time. But by writing it down, I’m committing myself to the pursuit of something. And that’s what I think I’ve been missing — the pursuit —  the hunt — the chase.

I wanted to be realistic when I put this together, and a bit more tangible. So many people list abstract things like “fall in love” but I wanted my list to be goals that I can have an active role in making a reality. I don’t want them to be by chance — I want them to happen. Okay, except maybe getting kicked out of a bar. I want that one to happen because I am just having way too much fun :) And I bet it would make a hell of a story.

So what am I doing to achieve these things?

Well, I’ve got Yoga in the Park marked on my calendar for this summer, and I’m taking a real, honest stab at learning Spanish — for real this time. I’m working through the five levels of Rosetta Stone and I’m always playing on Duolingo, and I even got my hands on a Spanish copy of Harry Potter! One of these days, I hope to be brave enough to try and talk to some of my fluent coworkers. And hopefully, if I keep this up, I’ll have a useful skill for when I start working toward the other goals on my list, like traveling!

You may have noticed that I don’t have “Run a marathon” on there just yet. I admit, I’m scared. Right now, I just want to get up to a 15 mile run…then maybe I’ll think about a marathon…maybe :)

And as a fun extra, you can keep tabs on my progress or make a bucket list of your own!

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