Do you have a bucket list? A list of things you want to have achieved or places you want to have visited before you die?
I used to have one. But I threw it away.
My dreams and ambitions have not changed, but my mindset has.
Last week I read an uplifting article about a young girl who within the space of a month had a climbing accident, was hit by a car and diagnosed with skin cancer. She never expected to have to face her mortality so young, and it made her step back and seriously think about what she was doing with her life. What resulted was an impromtu world trip visiting the 7 wonders of the world, something she had always wanted to see.
I shared this post on facebook and a colleague of mine commented “It’s on my bucket list too” which really got me a wound up.
When we write our so called “bucket list”, we are saying “I’d like to do these things before I die, but I’ve probably got a whole lifetime, so there really isn’t any hurry”.
Then we put it to one side and push it to the back of our minds. There’s really no hurry right.
But we really don’t know how long we have. We could live to the ripe old age of 101 and still be out seeing the world. But we could also get hit by a bus tomorrow.
And it seems that only when we get diagnosed with terminal illness or face great loss do we finally realise that we really should have been living more.
You probably know the saying well “You only regret the chances you didn’t take and the missed opportunities”. This is my life’s motto.
I work a full-time job, so does my husband and I’m also self-employed, so time is not something I have in abundance. I earn less money than a lot of my friends. But I don’t let excuses like “can’t afford it” or “too busy” stop me from experiencing everything I want to.
I simply prioritize my life differently.
I have my list, and every year I make an action plan to cross another item off. Right now, we are in Madagascar for a 3 week adventure. In 2015 I started my own business. In 2014 I saw the northern lights and got married to my best friend.
If you really want to do these things that you say you want to, then now is the time to start making it happen. Don’t wait until it’s too late and all you have is regrets.
If you knew you were not going to live out the end of the year, what would you do? Where would you go?
DON’T CALL IT A DREAM, CALL IT A PLAN!
And stay tuned for next Friday’s post about how you can still travel when you work a full time job.
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I’m Cat. British passport, Austrian resident, wife and rabbit mum. I'm based in Innsbruck Austria, but I love going on new adventures. I love photographing couples in wild landscapes as they embark on one of life’s greatest adventures, marriage. And I really do love a good wedding.
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