Hope you are well this Monday and had a good weekend!
Thought I would talk today about bucket lists, to do lists, to achieve lists… whatever you want to call them!
We all have them, whether written down or not. Those set list of ‘must do’s’ that we have to achieve before we pass/ turn a certain age.
Marry the man of my dreams – check
Own my own house – check (but then sold when we moved to Glasgow!)
Visit America – check
Have a degree in History – check
Become a teacher – em… well I dont really want to do that anymore
Visit Disneyland – em, no but would I really want to go there over everywhere else?
Travel Europe – I have seen parts but not even a dent of it in reality – but who can afford to up sticks and travel nowadays?
Live abroad – working on it but not yet…
Own a dog – not really fair if we are then going to move abroad….
I could go on!
Some yes I have achieved, others a possibility, most of them who really knows, maybe if I am lucky (or win the lottery…!)
When I think about it, my list is actually a set of goals, pressures, deadlines a cause of disappointment that they have not all been achieved, some not even close.
Why do we do this to ourselves? A to- do list for our jobs, daily chores, work around the house maybe they are essential but life goals? Life demands?
When I focus on what I haven’t achieved, I like many, get down and frustrated and stressed.
So that is why, I am tearing up my bucket list and instead going for an ‘Achievement List’.
From now on, I will focus on what I HAVE achieved, the amazing, incredible, wonderful things I HAVE done.
Big things, small things, memories, recaps, journeys, events, people = life and living.
I am married to my best friend, living in a city I love, supported my incredible friends and family.
I have seen so many west end shows that have brought tingles to my spine. I am an athlete. I have been in a hot air balloon. I have sunk my feet into the Arabian Desert. I have seen a praying mantis (such an amazing sight). Tasted the most flavourful Gelato in Italy. Spent 4 years of my life studying and completing a degree in History and loving every moment of it. I am pursuing a career I am passionate about. I have dinned in the Emirates Palace. I went to the 2012 Olympics in London and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. I have been surrounded by wild dolphins. I have touched a baby Giraffe (their skin is so rough!). I created a blog.
I could go on and on. I want to go on and on. This list gets me excited. This list gets me inspired. This list gives me drive.
This list makes me smile.
So why not try it out too. Instead of focussing on a ‘must achieve’ list, let’s all look at what we ‘have achieved’ and get excited about that. You may just surprise yourself on how awesome you are
Tell me something you have achieved?