Nov. 3, 2015

Bucket List

For the last 10 years or so, I’ve had a bucket list of things I wanted to accomplish before I turned 30. Surprisingly enough, I was able to accomplish most of those items. It’s funny how we have this huge audacious goal that seems so far away and maybe even unrealistic, but then once it comes and goes, it is almost like a part of you is missing. I can only imagine this is how it is for a lot of people with major life events like weddings or once in a lifetime trips, etc.

For my bucket list before I turned 30, I had everything ranging from getting married, having kids, and buying a new house, to things like traveling to a different country (besides Canada and through a cruise), going on a 7-day and 30-day cruise, flying an airplane, jumping out of an airplane, going on a high, fast zipline and sailing. I even had things on my list like Lasix surgery, buying a king size bed and getting a pixie haircut.

Unfortunately, a few of these items didn’t happen and have since been moved to my bucket list of things I want to do before I turn 40. Going on a high, fast zipline, jumping out of a plane, sailing, Lasix and going on a 30-day cruise didn’t happen. I did do a few things that I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do though, such as going to a different country (Mexico), flying an airplane, getting a pixie haircut and buying a new house. Funny enough, the one that I needed the most courage for was cutting my hair.

I have always had long hair, so it was a big step for me to cut off all of my hair to a super short style, but I did it anyway. What things are there in your life that you’ve told yourself you will do one day, but since it isn’t in your comfort zone, that day may never come? Step out and do something risky. Make plans to try something you have always wanted to do, even if it’s scary or maybe it’s just inconvenient to do it. We only live once, and it is these special memories of bold risks that we took that we will remember.

Some of these things do carry over from my 30’s list, but I have since added several more to my 40’s list. I figure I have 9 more years to fulfill them, so why not reach for the moon? Some of my new additions scare me to death, but it’s not truly living if we never take risks. I heard a quote once, “We can never discover new oceans if we aren’t willing to lose sight of the shore.” If we never change the routine, if we aren’t willing to get adventurous and try new things, we will never discover what is out there and who we truly are. The world is so much bigger than our little fishbowl.

It may seem odd to most, but jumping out of an airplane or riding the world largest rollercoaster doesn’t scare me. I’m actually super excited to have those opportunities one day. However, talking in front of hundreds or thousands of people, that scares me to the bone. BUT, that isn’t stopping me from putting it on my list. I’m looking forward to having some pivotal, life changing moments in my 30s and rediscovering myself all over again.