Bucket List?

I have noticed on Facebook that there is a “Bucket List” going around. It is one of those copy/paste things that people will do and ask others to follow-suit; get to know your friends better etc. Most of the time these things make sense. But this is titled “Bucket List”. Webster’s definition is “a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying.” Now depending where it came from, some have different things listed. Things like:

  • Watched someone give birth
  • Visited Europe
  • Flown in a helicopter
  • Swam in the ocean
  • Jump out of a plane

These are all the sort of thing that I could see someone wanting to do before they die. But I am a tad confused by some of the other things on this list:

  • Got Fired
  • Watched someone die
  • Cried yourself to sleep
  • Done something that you will regret for the rest of your life
  • Been in a car accident
  • Been divorced

Hummm, makes you wonder what kind of dreams and aspirations some people have . . .

Then I saw a video by Prince Ea titled “Everybody Dies, But Not Everybody Lives”. Very well done, and brings the thought back around to your Bucket List. All I can say is make one. But not just write things down, check them off. Do them. Experience them. Live them.

Iceland Glacier - taken by my youngest

Iceland Glacier – taken by my youngest

Don’t let the fear of the unknown stop you experiencing your dreams. I dreamed of going to Iceland for many, many years. Then the opportunity came. At first it fleeted through my mind and I moved on, but then it came back. Oh the fear of the unknown was there. Usually when I travel there is family or friends where I go. This was a total unknown, and I was taking my daughter. I bit the bullet, I faced my fears, we went. It was the most wonderful experience, and I don’t regret it one iota. Not only that, I now want to go back, explore more, and share the experience with everyone again.

I understand my father so much more now. Why we continually move around every few years. He was driven by his need to experience life. I see that, I can now hold it in my heart and realize how very important it is. As human beings we should never stick our heads in the sand. We need to Explore, Experience, and Live.