Ticking goals off the Bucket List – live the dream
The interesting thing about the compilation of a bucket list is that generally we are all doing it while we are healthy, generally quite young and no intention of dying for some time. Now that’s a good thing, as long as over the years of living one is still motivated to cross those goals off the list one by one. It would be so easy to put that holiday off due to work commitments, worries about leaving the house/pets alone for a few months, waiting until the children are older, financial concerns, taking the kids out of school, time constraints, family pressure not to do anything rash. Whatever the material or emotional reasons, for many of us they all tend to have a way of deferring the dream trip.
Speaking from experience I can tell you that once you fall sick and the end could be possibly in sight. physical and emotional pain kick in. It becomes difficult to focus on anything more than getting out of bed in the morning and pulling yourself together in order not to freak out your nearest and dearest and get on with the daily tasks of surviving the day before falling back into bed in an exhausted heap at the end of the day. Any thoughts of travelling, trekking, living it rough for a while, lugging backpacks over mountain and hill, throwing oneself into a number of thrill seeking experiences become unrealistic and the bucket list suddenly becomes a compilation of reproachful sentences.
Faced with my own possible passing a less exciting bucket had to be made which included making a will, getting an enduring power of attorney organised, surviving the operation, if necessary enduring radio/chemotherapy, reflecting on the way I had lived my life (good and bad), making sure I had my funeral and financial arrangements sorted out, starting a blog to pay homage to my friends and family and all the good times I have had. Of course the nomadic side of my personally insisted that I blow a shed of money on a trip to the Maldives (on my original bucket list) if my health allowed me so I could a least sit on a beach and have some down time. Apart from the last one, it’s hardly the stuff dreams are made of
7 months after the op, minus two body parts, prognosis benign, still in recovery but definitely getting there I’m finally going to write down my bucket list.
Learn to Scuba Dive
Go to the Maldives before it sinks
Work In Africa
See cheetahs in the wild.
Swim with dolphins (no still not done it!)
Learn Spanish and go to Central America
Go to see the endangered Red Panda in South China
Buy some warm clothing and head out for the Northern lights, penguins and polar bears, icebergs and lots of snow
Finally see the parts of Europe that I missed.
Visit India and Nepal
Climb a live volcano (safely)
Well there a load more things I can think of but that is enough for now.
What is the point of this particular blog? Moral of the story? Make a list and go for it – don’t let the clutter of everyday life hold you back and find solutions to the reasons not to go. Because if you don’t by the time you finally get around to looking at that list it may be too late.
Me? I’m heading off again at the end of March for a some rest and respite on a beach for a few weeks in Asia. After all I need to build my strength up I have a lot of travelling to do!