buck·et list • a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime.
Do you have a bucket list? If you don’t, why not? If you were to die tomorrow, is there something you would regret not doing while you had your moment on this earth? We only have one life, and one chance to live it. Why wouldn’t you want to make the most of it in every possible way?
If you do have a bucket list, what’s on it? Is it to travel, see the world? Maybe that’s not for you. Maybe you'd like to buy a house, get married, have some kids, settle down. Or even ride a bike, skydive, swim with sharks, learn photography, have an amazing career. The beauty is, it can be ANYTHING because it’s your list! Regardless, these are things you should write down - don’t let life get in the way of actually living it out. You should constantly be adding to it, these are little reminders of your goals and dreams - things to strive toward that keep life exciting. Crossing them off feels incredible.
For me, other than being a filmmaker, one of my biggest bucket list items was to visit Iceland. This has been on my list for years, and in 2015 I got to cross it off. I’m so thankful I did it, because to this day, it’s hands-down the most beautiful place I’ve ever laid my eyes on - and even more so, I got to experience it with good friends and my gorgeous wife — it. was. perfect. An experience I’ll always remember! It was so amazing that the day I got home (okay the month) I was actually depressed I wasn’t there anymore. I missed the landscapes but mostly the spirit of adventure and exploration, something Iceland taught me is a necessity for my life. I can’t wait to go back in March!! More on that soon =)
There’s the saying, “Nothing worth having comes easy”. It’s so true. Our first year of marriage I was unemployed and my wife was a massage therapist who injured her wrist - so she basically had no job. After six months of no jobs and having almost zero dollars in our bank account, I got a job as a valet at a hotel. I was thankful for the job, but dreaded going every day because it wasn’t what I wanted to be doing. I felt like I was stuck in a dead-end but had no choice except to take care of my new wife any way I could. This was 6 years ago. I worked a couple dead-end jobs but simultaneously worked on my dreams and my bucket list. Some were realistic, some not — but never cross anything off until you’ve accomplished it. Never cross something off because it doesn’t seem attainable. If you want to live on Mars, don’t cross it off - you never know. 😁
Point here - which I hope I’m making - I wouldn’t have been able to do something like Iceland 6 years ago. I couldn’t even afford to go get an ice cream with my wife, let alone plan a trip overseas. I worked hard, never gave up on my priorities, and by the grace of God, made it happen. People say, if plan “A” doesn’t work, there’s still 25 letters in the alphabet” - that’s BS. Plan “A” was for me, moving to plan “B” would've been giving up, so I never made a plan “B”. Can’t do something else if you don’t have any plans for it. You’re brain becomes programmed to figure things out when it has no other choice!
There’s still so much I want to do and see, and what saddens me is that there’s a chance I’ll never get to do it all, but that’s only because I’m always adding to my bucket list - it’s ongoing. What would be very depressing, is not having a list at all.
What’s preventing you from doing the things you’ve always wanted to do? You may be limited by a few things, but no matter what, as long as you have items on your lists - they are begging to be crossed off.
Written by Sam Ciurdar