I briefly mentioned on my previous blog post that I went bungee jumping over the summer, and I posted a video and photos of my experience on my personal social media accounts. Many of my friends and family complimented on my courage when they saw what I did, but all that I had for them was, “No, I was afraid too; but it was on my bucket list and I knew it was going to be fun ultimately. So I just forced myself to do it.”
Have you ever come across videos of people doing really cool things on the internet and be like “Wow I wanna do that too!”? – I sure did a lot when I was younger. I would always talk about all these random things that I wanted to do, but I never wrote them down or took them seriously. They were like flashes of ideas that flew by my mind and went away soon after.
Many of us have this virtual bucket list of crazy things that goes on and on, and it makes sense that we don’t take them seriously. All these things that are listed are things that we WANT to do, but we don’t NEED to do them. We all have other responsibilities that are more important like our studies or careers. So somehow, we throw these crazy ideas away and move on with our lives.
My first ever checked goal on my bucket list – giving out free hugs.
I did not really bother much about my bucket list either, until the day I decided to give out free hugs on Valentine’s Day, 2013. It took me a lot of courage, and I had to force myself to do it because I was already all set up. BUT, I did not regret anything. I may have met some weird or mean people, or caught on a flu because of the drizzle, but the welcoming hugs and support made it all worth it. That was also when I decided to take my bucket list more seriously.
I was looking for an online platform to make my bucket list when I found bucketlist.org. It is a self-explanatory website that allows you to write your bucket list, look for ideas for your list and share stories about your completed goals. The website also encourages you to make your goals timely by giving you the option to add a due date for everything.
I am not sure about you, but I only came across the concept of SMART goals last year when I was taught about it in one of my courses. By making your goals (S)pecific, (M)easurable, (A)ttainable, (R)ealistic and (T)imely, you are more likely to achieve them. And yes, this applies to the absurd goals in your bucket list too! Think about it, do you only want to achieve your studies and career goals, or do you want to achieve a balanced life by doing all the ridiculous things too?
I know, I sounded as though I am paid to advertise for bucketlist.org, but I am not. I just thought that it is a cool website that kept me going and I want to share it with you. The website also allows you to follow other’s profiles or add their goals onto your list. I do not actively do so because I don’t have the time for it, but if you are interested to look at my profile, you can view it here.
Over the past year, especially last summer, I achieved many of my bucket list goals. I can’t believe that I actually checked 4 goals out in just the month of August, how is that even possible?! The satisfaction I got each time I checked one of the items out was indescribable.
In case you are interest, I jumped off the bridge at Whistler Bungee, BC.
I would really love to blog about each and every single event that happened last summer, but I am not sure if I have time for them. Hmm, maybe just a travel log on my Canadian Rockies tour? We’ll see how it goes! But yea, all that I wanted to share here today is how much I’ve done over the summer due to my goals and how happy I am with this achievement.
Lastly, I would like to share this favourite quote of mine that motivated me to do all these things on my bucket list. I know that I shared this quote many times on my blog, but I am going to mention this again today, hoping that they will inspire you to do the same as me.
Explore. Dream. Discover.”