You all know about the New Year’s resolution, right? I don’t know though how many of you actually keep your resolutions throughout the year! If you do, you have my salute! If you don’t, please do not worry, as there is an alternative in terms of a wish list that will not limit you to only the following year. It is something for the whole life. This long term wish list is described very well as the bucket list, used in this text as defined in one dictionary: a list of the things that a person would like to do or achieve before they die.*
Did you ever make this kind of list? I know some of you have. I have too. Albeit for me it is called “my little book of happy things”. When I started to write I didn’t know the usage of the bucket list. But it is actually my bucket list in a form of a little book. As time passes I come up with more and more things I want to do. If you do not have such a list yet, please take your time and write it down. The list can be endless. Whatever one puts on one’s bucket list is personal and is going to fulfill one’s life to the fullest. Look at the list and commit to it. Don’t look at it only as a ‘To-do’ list, but more as a personal guide for a happy, meaningful and fulfilled life. Each time something from the list is done or achieved, the satisfaction will grow, your life will gain a deeper meaning. It doesn’t necessarily have to contain big things. I encourage you though to think wider. Don’t let the possible barriers stop you. Dream big. Write everything down as if you are sure that they are going to happen. As if you have the magic wand in your hands. Day by day, month by month, year by year, mark down what you have fulfilled. Feel free though to constantly add any additional wish or goal that comes to your mind. Little by little achieve them. Don’t postpone things. Don’t leave for tomorrow what could be done today. Tomorrow may be too late. Live today to the maximum and plan tomorrow’s potential and use it. Make it as such, so you don’t have regrets. Yes, some things will require more time or money, but as long as your wish is strong enough, there will always be a way. Trust me! Having a bucket list doesn’t mean that you will not allow spontaneity in your life. It simply means that you choose what will be the main things you want to experience in order for you to feel you lived a full life. The other things will just give additional color nuances to your life. Don’t live in black and white. Let the colors fill your life. The more you live as you wish the colors will get sharper and brighter. Living like this will leave no place for regrets. Never stop believing in your dreams.
*Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press
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"How is it
that everything must
begin and end with you?
There you are,
perfuming the world with your scent.
Have you made a deal
with the moon so that you can linger
when she tapers off?
And what about the wind?
Even when he has been scolded
and is sitting in a corner, there you are,
my calm before the storm.
Despite the inevitable destruction
and my ruin, there you are again,
my calm after the storm.
I really must know:
'How is it
that there was never you
until there was
and then all was you?“
- Kamand Kojouri