A Bucket List or A To-Do List?

“Unless we take that first step into the unknown, we will never know our own potential!” ― Allan Rufus, The Master’s Sacred Knowledge

Since the beginning of 2018, I have been more active physically and pushing myself to try new things that I have always wanted to do but had managed to find all the reasons in the world to not do. Growing up I was not particularly athletic and I always wished that I could do this and that but never acted upon those wishes. Something inside me changed in the last few months and motivated me to feed that fire. I think as I am getting older, I view life a little differently than before. I learn to put myself first and although it may sound selfish, it is a crucial act that ensures my longevity and happiness.

I have a bucket list in my head for many years. However this past weekend I learned more about managing to-do list and priorities. So my mind was spinning and to me, a to-do list sounds far more exciting and reachable than a bucket list. I found the definitions of to-do list and bucket list and my interpretation is that a bucket list is a wish but a to-do list is something you must tackle and complete.

Definition of to-do list  – a list of tasks that need to be completed, typically organized in order of priority. Definition of bucket list – a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime.

This realization creates a new sense of excitement and motivation for me. The ‘beast’ in me came out of the shell and penned this exhilarating to-do list. My hope is in time I will be able to cross them off.

  1. Travel and see the world but especially to the world of my ancestors. I have not been very keen on traveling to China until recently. I have been watching a lot of Chinese television shows on YouTube to be more familiar with their culture and their daily lives to prepare myself for our first trip very soon. I want to explore all of China in the years to come. It is a vast country and it will definitely take us quite a few trips to complete the journey.

  2. Be more active and try different types of activities. I am fortunate to have good friends (you know who you all are) who love the outdoors and push me into many new adventures.
    1. Start to run – with the longer days coming our way this is the perfect time to start running outdoors. Our first goal is a family 10K run in August. 10K won’t be a lot to most people but it is going to be a never-ending run for me.
    2. Start to bike – I had never learned to ride a bicycle when I was young. As a beginner, I did a 14-mile journey on my bike and survived with only some minor scratches. Of course, having a winery as the destination is a huge incentive.
      Chateau Ste Michelle Winery

      My friend started talking about STP 2019 (Seattle to Portland ride) on our way home and it sounds just a tad scary to me.  My goal right now is to overcome the fear of riding a bike and especially sharing the road with cars. However, I won’t rule out that possibility when the time is right.

    3. Start to climb – I love climbing. Since I started rock climbing in an indoor gym in January, I have been thinking of climbing outside. It may take a little while to learn the ropes but I believe one day I will reach that goal.

      Found a climbing wall
    4. Improve hiking endurance – the goal is to reach Mailbox Peak this year, a favorite among local hikers. If you can hike Mailbox, you are golden.
    5. Ultimate goal – Spartan Race 2019? We will start this process by cheering on our friends this April and a preview tour in September. If my body can handle it, I will do it.

There are a lot of unknowns on this journey but my new motto is “I can and I will” and who knows where this list will bring me in the next few years. Even if I don’t cross off everything on the list, I think by making this list, enjoying and exploring the possibilities out there is just as good as reaching the goals.


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