Life is often measured by the things that society as a whole find important to be successful. More often than not, the people that have all those things are unhappy. On a sunny warm summer day I heard the news that a close friend of mine had passed away in a freak accident at 28 years old. He was young and full of life one minute and the next…gone forever. It got me thinking about everything he left undone; dreams never reached, people never loved and things never said. I sat down and wrote…I sat there for hours and had nothing on the page. I could only stare at the small cursor as it blinked as fast as my heart was beating, hoping I would find answers to the questions racing through my head. After awhile I realized that I was not looking for answers to questions in my head…I was looking for the thing that would make me have a happy fulfilling life. It was not a story that I ended up writing, it was a list. Up to that point in my life I had always dreamed big but never completed any of them. I would make these huge extravagant plans only to watch them tumble down in flames. I was unhappy. Time to change
I decided that I need to write a bucket list. My bucket list is very long, I have around 150 items on my list. The things on it ranged from the adrenaline junkie/normal bucket list things such as (#5) become a certified sky diving instructor and (#11) cliff diving but also had things like (#136) hang out with Jimmy Buffet on a tropical island and (#33) relax by a lake and watch the sun rise and set in the same sitting and (#19) have a book published. After I completed the list I looked through it and realized that if I only completed half then I would have an amazing and very fulfilling life.
I hope I find what I’m looking for. I thought at first that most of the stuff would be the normal adrenaline junkie stuff but most of my items revolve not around the actual items but whom I spend the time with doing the items. I think if you have your best friend in the world with then even the most mundane things, like grocery shopping, can be amazingly fun.
The one thing I would like to get the most out of blogging about the experiences I have while pursuing my bucket list is inspiring others to reevaluate their lives and realize what is truly important to them. If I change just one person’s mind and get them to pursue what’s important to them then I will consider this successful.