When I tell people that I blog about completing my bucket list, the most common reply is a light-hearted, yet sarcastic, “That’s cool! Wait, so…are you planning on dying anytime soon?!?”
I think there’s a common perception that trying to do things off your bucket list (let alone even having one) is something you do when you’e close to, you know…kicking the bucket.
My defense up to this point has been a simple WHY NOT?
WHY NOT do things that you really want to do?
While I understand time and money constraints play an inhibitive role, WHY NOT put a little effort into making the small things happen right now instead of earmarking it for “someday”?
WHY NOT sit down and write a list of things that you think would be super cool?
My friend, Chase, sent me this article the other day called Regrets of the Dying, by Bronnie Ware, a former palliative care nurse who spent many hours talking to dying patients.
I suggest reading the article in its entirety (it’s really well done), but the part that resonated the most with me was the #1 regret expressed: “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
“…It is very important to try and honour at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.”
And there you have it. WHY NOT honor at least some of your dreams along the way?