The Bucket List Challenge
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all”
– Helen Keller
It’s half way through the year. New Year’s Resolutions have gone out the window. I mean, I tried keeping up with them but Life just got in the way and I lost the plot somewhere. I’m not far off it, but further enough that I’ve started questioning myself; something I do enough of as it is.
I decided to stay another year in Spain for numerous reasons (mainly to save money for my trip to South America and continue learning Spanish) but I wonder if they are all excuses to keep myself from pushing forward. Have I become complacent? Have I become scared of moving forward into the big Unknown? Have I put off challenging myself? Let’s be honest now, Aurelia. Yes, you have.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing. I don’t have to uproot my life every so often to push myself out of my comfort zone. I can do that from exactly where I am. If you know me well enough, you would know that I’m very goal orientated; it’s how I recognise success – in others but mostly in myself. It doesn’t really matter what your objective is, as long as you have the motivation to try to accomplish it, whether it’s changing your lifestyle, finishing a particularly difficult book, overcoming a fear, finishing your studies, etc.
We continuously worry that we’re wasting time; that life is passing us by and we’re not jumping on this speeding freight train. Maybe it’s our circumstances or we’re stuck in a bit of a rut. Maybe we don’t know what our next step is. It happens and instead if having the attitude of “well, that’s just how it goes”, I’ve decided to try and do something about it.
If you look here, you’ll see that I have a bucket list as long as the Great Wall of China; mostly orientated around travel but sometimes I can’t go on those kinds of grand adventures, like this coming year when I have to try and save money as much as I can. So how do I continue to test my limits?
By crossing off other objectives: Bucket List Challenge!
“The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he’s dead.”
– Bette Davis
I have long-term(ish) goals of what I want to accomplish before June 2016, but what about my general time? How am I spending it? Am I feeling any sense of personal satisfaction in my day-to-day life? No. I am not. And that’s about to change.
I have set myself a Bucket List Challenge (non-travel related) that will be accomplished each month. With these, including my travel ones, is over 12 things that I would like to tick off. Twelve! That’s not wasting time. That’s making the most of the year ahead of you. That’s validating yourself; adding value to your time.
“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.”
So What’s The List?
- Learn origami
- Learn the Arabic alphabet
- Learn how to change a tyre
- Learn how to solve a Rubik’s cube
- Complete a colouring book (done)
- Read 10 books of significance (3 so far)
- Complete a Spartan race (done)
- Try vegetarianism for a month
- Sell one of my paintings
- Do the splits
- Sky dive???
- Try acupuncture
“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end.
It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing;
it’s a day you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it.”
– Margaret Thatcher
It’s good to have big goals but baby goals are just as vital. They help us to be content without ever being complacent. Never stop striving for whatever it is that you want to do in this world, even if it’s just once during your entire life. Overcoming obstacles create growth and if we stop growing as individuals, then we doom our society to be a barren one. A dead world without spiritual, intellectual, creative or emotional free-flowing energy. Little things affect bigger ones, like ripples in a pool. It just takes one pebble. Access your genius! Tap into that reserve of raw human drive and get cracking!
So I challenge you, dear reader, to create your bucket list challenge. What are a few small, seemingly insignificant activities that you’d like to try but always said: “eh, that’d be nice one day”? No! One day is now. Take this as your sign from the universe; why else would you be reading this all the way to end? When you wake up tomorrow morning, you’ll be the most relevant and up-to-date version of yourself; is it your best?
“If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?”
― T.S. Eliot