Bucket List: Challenged Accepted

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

– Mark Twain

Over the past few years I’ve actively been trying to do new things and go new places. It all stemmed from my “Dream Wall” in like 2014. My Dream wall was filled with nostalgic memories, full of ticket stubs, love letters, cards, and a wish list of things I wanted to do. Fast forward to now, and my “Dream Wall” has evolved and expanded throughout my whole room. I have a magnetic map of the USA and a world map, to mark of places I’ve been. (My goal is to visit all 50 states and all 7 continents. I’m in no rush though. Not trying to hit 30 countries by the time I turn 30 or hit all 50 states by the time I turn 50.  And I’m not someone who just wants to go once and then not go back. I feel like there’s always something new to discover and different perspectives from people can make an old familiar place seem new again). I also save all the pamphlets from activities I’ve done on vacation, vision boards I’ve made, thank you cards and fun photos I’ve received over the years, my quarterly goal checklist, and of course my bucket list.

I’m not dieing or anything lol. I know we typically associate a bucket list with terminally illness, but I just decided that I want to actually live life, not be bogged down by regrets of shouldas couldas wouldas and missed opportunities. And since I’m a task-oriented “box checker”, I literally wrote my list out on a chalk board with semi-permanent chalk markers and write the dates next to the activity when I complete it. It’s not finite. I treat it like a living, breathing document. So if I do things more than once, I add multiple dates if I have space. I actually have a list on my phone for things I’ve talked about in conversations and things I’ve learned about through my experiences, so I don’t forget to add it to the wall later (But writing this I just remembered that I gotta update the wall soon lol). Some of it is redundant, but it all makes sense to me. It forces me to not stay still, and get stuck, and feel complacent. I’ll always have something to work towards.

This is something really near and dear to my heart and I want to share it with you all. Maybe you’ll be inspired to write your own list. Maybe you’ll remember there’s some things you have yet to accomplish and get moving to make it happen. Maybe you’ll appreciate my creativeness and passion for living. Maybe you’ll invite me to things because you know it’s on my bucket list and want to help me cross it off lol. But seriously, I think everyone should dream big and make those dreams come true because it’s an amazing feeling!

So here you go. Oh and feel free to drop some of your bucket list dreams and completions. I love a good adventure story and getting new ideas to add to my list.

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