Every man dies – Not every man really lives. William Ross Wallace
A few days ago I stayed up late into the night pondering the question “what would I like to do before I die?” The concept of a Bucket List, a list of challenges and experiences you wish to experience before you kick the bucket, has been around for a while. It was recently brought to my attention by the movie of the same name. I embraced the idea immediately.
In society many people, myself especially, seem to fall into the trap of valuing comfort over challenge. We find a comfortable routine, and comfortable friends, and try to avoid uncomfortable situations. Unfortunately uncomfortable situations tend to be the ones that enact the greatest amount of personal growth, teach us the most about ourselves, and make us feel ALIVE. Social ecologist Peter Drucker is famous for saying “What gets measured get managed.” The Bucket List is a great way to measure how fully you’re challenging yourself, and therefore how fully you’re living. You’ll feel more inspired and adventurous just looking at it. I sure do. And that’s the first step toward feeling alive. Remember: the experience is what counts; not the list. You have until you die, so no rush.
The following is the result of my brainstorm. As of writing this I’ve had 21% of the experiences on the list.
As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death. Leonardo da Vinci
- Start a blog.
- Fix an engine.
- Backpack through Europe.
- Attain a Black Belt in Karate.
- Learn to do a backflip.
- Swim with Dolphins.
- Learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (in Brazil?).
- Do a handstand push up in the middle of the room.
- Ride the Trans-Siberian Railway.
- Climb a Baobab tree. Continue reading