The saying, “you can’t grasp something new if you’re holding onto something old’ has always carried a great deal of weight with me which is why I don’t like to recap previous years come new ones. I live always looking forward in possibility. And to to this, I constantly look for ways to create it.
My first bucket list, 30 things to do before I turn 30, was created in 2003 as a way to look forward to turning 30. It was the first time I had really listed out things I wanted to do and really took the time to make some happen. I was always a spur-of-the-moment creator. If next month seemed slow, I’d create something to do so I’d have something to look forward to. But to write a list and plan things out? Not my strong suit. This list, however, changed that a little.
I was able to check off quite a few things. But when I turned 30, I realised that not all were done and, in fact, there was a whole lot more I wanted to do. So my new bucket list, 101 things to do before I die (see below), was born in 2008.
The past couple of years have been incredibly busy – lots of move, lots of working, lots of travel and lots of doing. The past year, especially, was a chaotic whirlwhind of life changing events where I felt almost caught up in someone else’s plan. The end of this year gave me time to reflect on that and I realised I needed to take charge and begin to do the things that I needed and so desperately wanted to do. The things on that bucket list.
One of the reasons why progress on my list had slowed was because I didn’t make them a priority. I somehow would always run out of time, or money would be better spent elsewhere, or something else would come up. I realised that dreaming up and writing down the list was only half the equation – planning and executing it was the other critical half. Without the latter, it’d just remain a list of unchecked dreams.
I spent New Years day making plans to do some things on my list. Either calling places for reservations or researching how to do some. I also took steps to make things real (got a sewing machine! Started to read every book I own beginning with Little Big. Read a book about photography and finally learned what an F-Stop is! Made reservations for ziplining!).
It felt really good to take this list seriously because it helped me to really focus on possibilities, on dreams, and on fun in a way that I had neglected for the past several years. I can’t tell you how many I’m going to get done this year or next, but I can tell you, they’re getting done. And that makes for a very happy new year indeed.
Click the link to see My Bucket List.