Monday, April 3, 2017

B - 5 things to know when you make your Bucket list

Making a bucket list is not on everyone’s priority. It is more a grim reminder of that fact that you’d be dead one day rather than a list of things you’d want to do before that day is up. So again, should you be making that bucket list? Well, if I had a say, I’d give it a thumbs-up. I’d rather not die with regrets or not knowing what I really wanted to do! How often we find people in their sixties say, I wish I had done this when I was younger! So, don’t wait till your body gives up but the mind is not ready to do so!

Well, if you are ready to make your bucket list, here are five things to keep in mind-

What are your goals? I don’t mean, the ‘buy a house’, ‘buy a car’, kind of goals. A bucket list should be a means to satisfy your soul. I like to call them ‘soul cravings’.  

Does the idea of diving deep into the sea and discovering the marine flora and fauna excite you? Put ‘scuba diving’ on your list, then.

That’s merely an example. Delve into your mind and find out what it craves for? Put all those things, no matter how weird, and how impossible they look, on your list. It has to be ‘Your’ list, not someone else’s.

Break down your goals.
Your goals may look undoable at the moment, but when you break them down, they start sounding achievable. If scuba diving is your goal but you are terrified of water, break it down into achievable goals. Put down ‘Learn swimming’, ‘learn yogic breathing’, ‘save money for trip’ or rather, ‘save (specified amount) every month for 3 years from today’. Smaller goals will make the big picture achievable.    

Work towards your goal.
Get working on your smaller goals. Get rid of your fear of water by taking swimming lessons, learn to breathe well by taking yoga classes. You get the drift, right? If traveling to Timbuktu is your goal and money is what you need, you need to plan your finances. Find out and plan how much do you need and how will you save for it.

Keep a timeframe.
A goal without a timeframe is pretty useless. ‘Let it happen when it happens’ is like waiting for circumstances to blame on when things don’t happen. So, keep a time frame in mind.

                            Go scuba diving in The Yongala, in Australia by October 2020.

The when, how, where, should be clear in your mind.

Keep it flexible.
Keep your mind flexible enough to keep adding new items to the list when your heart feels so and sometimes even strike off something if there’s a change of interest and you no longer desire what you wrote down. It’s your list, after all!

The exhilaration of being able to accomplish things that you crave for is unparalleled, isn’t it? Don’t just pass through life, have something amazing to look forward to and have a wonderful life!  

So, do you have a bucket list? Would you like to share what’s on it? 
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