Before I dive into writing any blog post, I like to do a bit of googling and find some definitions that not only usually make me laugh (thank you urban dictionary), but also to give me something to work with. Today’s defining word, brought to you by (yup) urban dictionary: bucket list.
Here is what it says:
Definition: A list of things you’d like to do before you die, like visiting the Grand Canyon, falling in love or falling into the Grand Canyon.
Have you ever created a bucket list before? I find that in this generation, and what I have been working on getting out of my head, is exerting ourselves to adding in every little thing to our bucket list. Whether we see someone online who has been to a specific location, jumped from out of a plane, or hang-glided with the birds of Arizona (is this actually a thing? because I might ACTUALLY consider it)… it has the potential to butt heads with what we actually want on our own personal bucket list. We have been granted with so many gifts and abilities that we need to challenge them in order to really grow into them. It’s easy to keep watch of what others are doing and just add it onto our list, imagining that maybe one day we’ll get around to it or truly want to do it before this life comes to a forever halt.
It goes without saying that there is a feeling of accomplishment checking something off of any given list. Whether it be doing the chores you forgot to do the week before, an essay you’ve left until the last minute, a book you’ve yet to open or a phone call you’ve been dreading to make, checking them off clears up more space in that big ol’ brain of yours. This much needed space is the same for a bucket list. I know for me, I used to have a note on my computer that had all sorts of interesting things on my bucket list, but I never truly believed I would challenge myself to cross them off. This was mostly because I didn’t actually have that much of an interest towards them, which in turn, didn’t motivate me to make any advances to. Sure, you’d think that’s my own problem, but once I revamped my bucket list to achievable goals that inspired me to challenge myself everyday until I got there, it became so much more exciting.
Going back to the definition urban dictionary so cleverly provided for us (totally aware it’s not the BEST resource), if you keep scrolling and searching the word bucket list, it changes. There’s never really a set in stone meaning for this kind of list. Yeah, it’s best described as a list for things to do before we die, but if you think about it, a bucket can be used to carry a multitude of things. I also know that when a bucket is overflowing, it gets extremely difficult to carry (you don’t say!?). Seriously though, what if there was a way to lighten our loads and achieve more with this list?
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”— Romans 12:10
As I continued to read, it posed the thought of how one can possibly make a bucket list self-less. This really got me questioning… how many of my dreams and goals focus on others rather than myself, if any at all?
We have all experienced a moment of giving in our lives in some form or another, and humbly speaking, it has never once left me disappointed. I believe that so much of what we wish to do before we die focuses on leaving some sort of legacy in terms of how far we’ve travelled, how much money we’ve made or what we’ve accomplished (and so on). By no means am I saying that we cannot have these things on our list at all, but would the load of our stresses to achieve these goals not be much lighter if we chose to give away some of the gifts we’ve been given? I’m still challenged by this question everyday, because by nature, the list is our own and we will always have the power to perceive it how we want to. But I want it to be beyond a bucket of inspiration.
When I first started this blog, my intention was to not only encourage people, but to keep growing and stimulating myself through the challenges I attempt to constitute to those who decide to read what I have to say. However lately, even as I write what I believe speaks to a select few out there, I’ve felt as though the kindling is slowly starting to run out (reference to not being able to keep a fire going without kindling — hope you caught on to that).
Needless to say, I got a nice kick in the butt with this message. So naturally, I want to challenge you to ask yourself the very same question (and NO… this ain’t no April Fools joke!!!!),
How many of my dreams and goals focus on others rather than myself, if any at all?
Bye for now,