As you begin to read this article, you will probably start to wonder… Does she have a bucket list of her own? Well, I don’t. I have a list of 100 wishes and most of them are travel and extreme sports-related. From time to time, I like going through them and – between a craving to reach Murmansk someday and the urge to raft down Futaleufú River in Chile – I discover and rediscover myself and my biggest wishes and continue to keep them alive.
What about you? Why should a bucket list work for you?
It will keep you going
Difficult divorce? Serious disease? Lost someone dear?
Believing that you have something worth fighting for when everything around you screams the contrary into your face is the best remedy to your condition. Clouds will be scattered, swords will be sharpened, backpacks and travel guides will be dusted off.
It will build up and reinforce your self-confidence
Each time you complete one of your dreams.
Imagine how thrilled and happy you will feel when one of your bucket list items gets checked. And nonetheless, you will feel like you can trust yourself to deliver results, cater to your needs, manage on your own. Go on working hard and that self-confidence will bloom and grow. Endlessly.
It will help you get closer to your dreams
I believe in the law of attraction.
Do you? Even if you don’t, there is nothing wrong in dreaming, eyes wide open. Or in putting your hopes out there. Expressing what you wish to do or listing the places that you would love to reach makes your dreams real, triggering your mind to fight for them.
It will encourage you to test your limits
You’ve just managed to travel to a tricky destination and you’ve enjoyed it. You’re ready for an even trickier one!
In my view, the most important aspects of our lives are our experiences. They are the ones to shape and mould us, put us down and pull us back up. Probably higher than we’ve ever been. If an experience that you’ve dreamed about your entire life leads to a more fulfilling one, this is the ultimate beauty of our life mazes!
In the end, after each experience that you tick off your list, let your thoughts settle. There will be those that will leave you disappointed, there will be those that you will love, and there will be those that will change your life. Keep a post-bucket list this time of all the places that made you utter, ‘wow’ – and they will never cease to inspire and guide you.
Written by Olivia-Petra Coman