Bucket List – Yea or Nay?


Rule Eight: What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. – Cherie Carter-Scott, If Life is a Game, These are the Rules

I have been thinking about this topic recently and I am conflicted whether to have a bucket list or not. On one hand having a list means I will have something to look forward to but on the other hand not achieving those goals will be very depressing, which defeat the purpose of the list.  Chasing the dreams will not sustain happiness, you will always be one step behind.  So instead of having a bucket list, I decided to reflect upon what I have accomplished and celebrate those achievements. Yes, there are still adventures that I plan on exploring but I will be constantly seeking out and creating those moments instead of waiting for them to fall on my laps.

  1. Traveled over 8500 miles to attend a University in this country when I was a teenager.
  2. Climbed a 13,455 Ft high mountain.
  3. Married for over 20 years and together we raise two wonderful and responsible teenagers (may be I should say young adults!).
  4. Provide a safe and comfortable home for our family.
  5. Living the American dream through hard work and dedication.
  6. Freedom to travel to different countries and experience different cultures.
  7. Learned to make food from scratch with ingredients I chose: gluten free breads, yogurt, ice cream, pasta, ravioli.
  8. Stick to our healthy food choices.
  9. Painted our house and installed floor for a bedroom.
  10. Researched, diagnosed and fixed the toilet.
  11. Learned to appreciate the outdoors and our planet.
  12. Went parasailing, kayaking in open waters even though I am quite afraid of the water when I can’t touch the bottom.
  13. Went zip lining in Mexico.
  14. Learned fishing, clamming and shucking oysters.
  15. Finding my dream job, or I should say I made it into a dream job where I can thrive and be happy.
  16. Started my own blog. (Took a while but I did it)

Here are some tips to help us stay on task:

  1. Once decided on a path or experience, embrace it to the fullest.
  2. You’ll never know what you are missing if you don’t do it.
  3. No regrets – don’t think about the what if’s, learn from the mistake and move on. (Don’t repeat the same mistake)
  4. Don’t let others dictate your decision, be strong but not reckless.
  5. Most importantly – Be Happy!!

“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way!” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!





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