Me and bucket lists go way back. Four years to be exact or even earlier if you count every single bratty demand I ever asked of my parents. Whether it’s travel related, career related, blog related or personal development related, I really can’t get enough of a good bucket list!
My First Bucket List
My first bucket list came along at the grand old age of 29. At the time, I felt 29 seemed a little old, but now I’m well into my 30s, I most definitely disagree. When I hit 29, I went into a bit of a panic. I was about to hit the big 3-0 and I felt like I hadn’t really lived life. This was absurd of course. I’d visited more places than anyone I knew and I was racking up business air miles like there was no tomorrow. Nevertheless, I felt the urge. The urge to write down a list of all the things I wanted to experience before I hit 30 and the urge to follow them up with an action plan to #makeithappen!
So off I went, on a mad spree round the world, giving my husband a hernia with our credit card bill and trying to experience as many of the things listed on my ’30 Things To Do Before You’re 30′ bucket list. Whilst I didn’t manage to achieve everything on my list, I did experience the vast majority and I had a phenomenal time doing so.
I’ve since written bucket lists every year and with it I’ve experienced some pretty incredibly moments. This year alone has been an utter marvel. So far in 2017, I’ve released my very own lantern into the sky at the Taiwan Lantern Festival, I’ve watched the Sunrise over Angkor Wat in Cambodia, I’ve experienced a magical hot air balloon ride over Bagan in Myanmar, I’ve been to The World’s First Underwater Spa in The Maldives, I’ve danced in the sunflower fields in Tuscany and I’ve hiked the Cinque Terre in Italy.
The Power of Writing a Bucket List
There’s a common misconception that bucket lists should be reserved for your later years in life which is ludicrous. No matter how big or small your goal, the time is now! Always write your goals down because the minute you start writing out all the amazing things you want to see and do, is the minute that your brain kicks into gear and says “you know what, let’s do this, let’s make this happen”. You’re conscious suddenly becomes recognisant of your subconscious and you’ll take active steps towards making your dreams happen! Someone once told me that “we’re here for a good time, not necessarily a long time”…so…what are you waiting for?
Have you ever written a bucket list or do you feel inspired to write one?