It might not be the best time to talk about things to do before you die in the middle of a pandemic, but this is my topic for today. It is sad to hear of so many COVID-19 deaths across the world. Older people, younger people, and children. The COVID-19 virus does not discriminate.
The situation causes me to think about life and how we are living it. Every life is precious, every life is valuable. But sometimes we do not value our life until it is too late. I have noticed that a life can take on more value, more purpose, more celebration, when it ends. This happens when others reflect on the life of a loved one or someone well known. It is too late for the person who has died to wish their life had been different. To wish they could have cared more, loved more, spent more time with others. Or explored more, travelled more, learnt more, danced more, laughed more.
So, is it time to write a ‘Bucket List?’ By writing our list we can develop a greater appreciation of our life. We can gain more focus.
There are one group of people who have not held back with their dreams. They are the 2020 Tokyo Olympians and the Paralympians. Yes, they are achieving their goals in bucket loads. In the middle of a pandemic, their dreams are coming true. But it took more than a list for our sporting heroes. It took years of dedication, practice, and discipline.
What does it take for people like you and me to achieve our hopes and dreams? Has disappointment caused us to give up? What would life look like if we wrote a ‘Bucket List’? But not only write one, start doing them!
Some questions we can all ask ourselves to start our list are:
What do I love?
What is important to me.
What would I do if I had no limitations with money or time?
One way to help with focus is to write your own eulogy. What would someone else say about you at your funeral service?
Has your life been a success? How do you measure success? Is it by meeting your dreams and goals you set for yourself? How many are still unmet? What about writing your ‘Bucket List’ this weekend?
Here are some ideas to kick start things off.
- Ride in a hot air balloon.
- Travel around the world.
- Learn a musical instrument.
- Conquer a fear.
- See the Northern Lights or the Southern Lights.
- Travel through Europe.
- Sleep on a beach under the stars.
- Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef.
- Visit a Christmas Market in Germany.
- Walk the Camino Trail.
- Swim with whale sharks, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia.
- Learn a second language.
- Fly a plane.
- Study for a new career.
Out of the 14 listed above I have done 8. Now you can wonder which ones I am still to do! But it is not about me. It is all about YOU. So, start putting together your list. Before long with your COVID-19 passport your choices will be endless. The only limitations will be the ones you put on yourself.