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Why I’m Re-Writing My Bucket List

Have you ever seen The Buried Life? It’s a group of guys accomplishing their bucket list items and helping other people check items off their bucket lists. It’s fantastic and I was obsessed with it in college. More than anything else, I really liked the idea they keyed in on: the idea of living as full a life as possible and never missing an opportunity to try something new, even if it pushes you out of your comfort zone.

I was inspired. I had things I wanted to accomplish! I wrote my own bucket list.

As a college student, writing a list of things I wanted to accomplish was quite possibly the easiest thing I’d ever done. Ace the anatomy test. Graduate. Get a job. The page quickly turned to pages as I poured out item after item. But surprisingly, some of my friends made their list quite interesting. Relocate to Andorra, is what my best friend wanted to do in ten years! I mean, it would be awesome to live in a peaceful mountain town, away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

For me, in the end, they were all the same: very academic things. Things that, while important, weren’t necessarily going to make my life fuller. It took accomplishing those things to realize there was so much more to a bucket list than success markers. It took being a few years removed from school, going through intense personal loss and change to realize that a bucket list isn’t meant to be a check list of things you need to do, it’s intended to help you experience life.

And so, at the ripe old age of 26, I am officially asking for a do over on my bucket list. I am making it more than a list of experiences to have or things to accomplish; it will be a list of opportunities for personal growth.

  1. I want to take ballroom dance lessons because I have no rhythm (for realzies) and am terrified I’ll be bad at it. I need to get over the fear of being bad at something, especially something that’s meant to be fun.
  2. I will learn to ice skate because I’ve tried it once and was terribly frustrated with how hard I found it. It is something completely doable, so I’m going to do it!
  3. I want to visit all 50 states. And not just pass through them. I want to spend significant time exploring each one: see their landmarks, eat their famous dishes, go on different excursions like a san diego whale watching experience, and to experience their unique take on life. If there’s a giant ball of yarn, I want to see it. If there’s a famous sandwich, I want to eat it.
  4. I will go ziplining because I think everyone should do something that scares them to the point of peeing their pants. Just kidding, y’all. I probably won’t pee my pants. But it does scare the beejeezus out of me and I don’t think it should! Conquering this fear will go a long way towards helping me conquer other ones.
  5. I hope to become a mother because I cannot imagine a better way to improve who I am as a person.
What do you have on your bucket list?

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