Do you know those days you wake up and you feel like writing a bucket list of your own, with all the places you’d love to visit and all the things you would love to do before you die? If you don’t maybe this post doesn’t matter much to you, but I know it will reach all those who seek the same as me.
Today was one of those days. I didn’t have enough time during the morning to write about it, but now at night my brain is feeling calm and serene after a long day of work.
I could just write down point by point everything I wish to do before I say goodbye, but you would probably be here stuck in a huge list of millions and millions of different ideas, and as soon as you’d finish reading you would forget about most of them. I’m not saying lists are not good, they are, but maybe not so unspecific such as this one.
You have to define priorities, and those usually depend on a few major importance items. For me there are 3 of them:
Time: Time is the most important of them all, without time it doesn’t matter if you’re old, if you’re young, if you’re rich or poor, you just won’t be able to do what is on your bucket list. I use to complain about time a lot, and those who know me quite well know how I tend to be, and how I tend to argue everytime my little free time gets stolen to be used for something that I don’t consider to be useful. Sometimes I should just relax…
Money: Money is important. You may read in many different websites, blogs and facebook pages stuff such as “money doesn’t matter”, “you don’t need money to do this or that”… but, that’s not true at all. You need money, maybe you won’t need 200$ to travel backpack for a whole month in Nepal, but if you do it in Dubai I don’t think that’s going to be enough. Usually I camp, it’s cheaper than staying in a hotel or hostel, but… we’re talking about bucket lists aren’t we? And many of us have “expensive” bucket list ideas, such as ballooning or spending a weekend at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
Health: You know what those conservative people who use to say “You’re supposed to study, get a good job, marry and have children, and when you’re retired you can enjoy your life, travel, have time for yourself”? Bullshit. You don’t know for how long you’re going to be healthy, you shouldn’t delay your plans, and if you do, don’t delay it for a long time, because you don’t know what surprise is around the corner… sometimes that surprise itself may be Death. Do not wait for retirement.
This year I’m thinking about trying a lot of new things, I’m thinking about travelling to a different country for a couple weeks and right now I have an open internet page on “bungee jumping” close to Lisbon. Tree climbing is also on my list, just like rafting is.
A few years ago I had no idea I would have a skydive experience, I had no idea I would visit the Grand Canyon or spend a weekend in a very famous hotel in Las Vegas. But it all became real… what puts me thinking “Who knows where I’m going to be in 2 or 3 years?”
I need no bucket list… I need a short list of challenges to accomplish in the near future, and most important of all, I must be alive.