We all have one: a bucket list. And most bucketlists include at least one item that has to do with traveling. Maybe you want to go to Australia? Maybe you want to climb the Mount Everest? Maybe you want to be the first one this year to visit all countries that exist, within 12 months. Maybe you want to start our own business, open up a safe place for cats that got abandoned or you want to become a princess. It can be anything.
A bucketlist is a list of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to accomplish during their lifetime. Anything can be on your bucket list, as long as it’s something you really want to do
Personally I don’t have a very long bucket list. I still want to go skydiving, bungee jumping, I want to see the northern lights, rent a jetski and fly in a hot air balloon. Of course I want to visit all of the countries too, the US sooner than others probably. Okay… maybe I do have quite a long bucket list.
The thing is, most people don’t take action to tick off things on their bucket list. The list is just there and if someone asks about it they know what to answer, but the list remains the same. Something might be added, but nothing gets done.
I feel like the biggest reason why people don’t do the things they’ve got on their bucket list, is they feel like they don’t have the time. The thing is, they don’t allow themselves time. People think they don’t have time to do all of the things they desire to do because they have to work. That’s what everyone does right, work full time? To make a decent income? Like everybody else does? Right? People feel like that’s what’s expected of them and therefor they do it. Even if it’s not something they really want. So time is one thing, because besides work you also need to spend time with your friends, family, do chores around the house, maybe learn some new stuff, there’s this book you still need to finish….. you get my point.
The other thing that I feel is stopping people, is money. The thing they want to do is too expensive and they can’t justify spending that much money on something that’s not neccissary. – Even though it obviously is neccissary because your happyness is the most important thing in the world! – Or maybe you feel like you don’t have the money to spend on that thing you want to do, even though your bankaccount shows a big 3-diget number. But no, that money is your savings and it has to be used for other things. – That you probably think are more important – Or you think saving money to do the bucket list thing is never going to work for you because your income is too low. So you can’t save much each month and so you never start saving. And then two years later you think to yourself ‘if I had started saving right then and there, two years ago, I would have enough by now’. It makes you feel like you are too late already, and again, you don’t start saving.
Please don’t wait untill you are 73 years old before doing the things that are on your bucket list. Don’t wait, it’ll soon be too late.
You know what. I used to be one of those people. I was working, spending time with friends, doing the things I felt everyone was supposed to do. Just living a basic boring life basically. I felt I didn’t have the time to do the things I really wanted because I had to work all the time because I needed an income in order to supportmy monthly bills. I felt I didn’t have the money to do the things I really wanted to do, yet I had a bit of savings that would allow me to do at least one thing. Even if it meant completely clearing out my savings account.
In the end I made the dicision to just go for it. Stop doing what everyone expected me to do. Start doing what I wanted. And so I quit my job. I wrote a full article about quitting my job, so I won’t go into details, but basically I’d been working in a restaurant for almost two years even though that wasn’t something I always wanted to do. I felt like I could not leave though because how would I support myself? Then a couple days after I heard I wasn’t getting a new contract, I quit my job. And suddenly I was free. No more working nightshifts, no more guests complaining to me about their food when really there was nothing wrong with it, no more people telling me when I could and could not eat, no more working for someone elses dream. I really miss the team, because they were great and lovely and the best people ever, but hey, I can still visit them as a guest.
I didn’t work for two months. I really needed this time to figure out what I wanted to do with myself and with my life. Also when it came to the ‘job department’. This is when I started taking my blog a little more serious. This is when I travelled quite a lot and realised my hunger for travel didn’t decrease after each vacation, it kept growing! This is when I slowly started realizing what I wanted to do.
A bucket list is not a list that shrinks, it’s one that grows. Because each time you tick something off, you realise there is so much more you really want to do
This is also when I did the first thing that was on my bucket list, right at the top: visiting Japan. It had been standing there for ages! My sister is actually the one that made me do it. She asked me if I wanted to go there with her and of course I said yes. I had wanted to go there ever since I was 12 years old. I’m not almost 24, so that’s a long time ago! If she had not asked me to come, I would not have thought about going. So I owe it to my sister. Inge, if you’re reading this, I just want to say thanks. I loved our trip together in Japan!
I’m really happy that I did and honestly, it has made me want more. More traveling, more of doing what I love doing, more of doing what I want and when I want. Which is also why I started working harder on this blog of mine. So I hope you like it!
I am now unfortunately working for someone else again, in a call center even, which I absolutely hate, apart from the nice people I work with. I have however started working on achieving the second thing on my bucket list: starting my own company and earn enough from it to not need a job on the side.
I’m now building my own dream, by spending more and more time on growing this blog. I’ve stopped making excuses. I make things happen now. I set the alarm each morning at 8.30, get ready, spend three hours on my blog, writing and promoting, I go to work at 12.00, get home again at 22.00 and then I spend 2 hours on my blog again. And that’s all of the hours that there are in a day.
If you want to make your bucket list things happen, you need to stop making excuses and start making changes.
To be honest guys, this is not the blogpost I intended on writing, but it’s the one I ended up writing. Apparently this is the one I needed to write. What I wanted to write, was a blogpost of bucket list things to do in Japan. I’ll make a different blogpost about that of course! I’ll also write a blogpost about what’s still on my own bucket list. That way we’ll have a tiny ‘Bucket list’ series on my blog 🙂
If this blogpost helped or inspired you in any way, please share it in order to help/inspire others too. I’d really appreciate it. This is something I needed to read a long time ago, but never came across. If I had, maybe I would have made the decision to look after myself and mental/emotional health&happiness a lot sooner. Let’s help others make the decision!