When I was in high school I wrote out a bucket list, a list of things to do before I die. I’m pretty sure I was the only kid in school who had one. While everyone else was planning for college and picking out their career paths I was busy worrying about death and how to live life to the fullest. My dad was in and out of the hospital a lot, we almost lost him more times than I care to remember, so death was very real to me at a time when most of my peers thought (and still think) they were invincible. After graduation I tried to adopt a more “grown up” way of doing things so I put my bucket list aside. I told myself that my goals were unrealistic and that you had to much more well-off than I am to do the sort of things I wanted. For two years I tried to be like everyone else. I started a photography business, because that’s what you do when you are decent with a camera, right? I was a part time homemaker. I tried to put aside any dreams that were wild and crazy and do you know what happened? Nothing. For two years I accomplished almost nothing.
So on September 16, 2013 I dug out my bucket list and I decided to start living life on my terms. Since then I have crossed seventeen things off my list and I have started chasing my lifelong dream of being a pilot, something that I previously thought was unattainable. I’ve also had a thousand unexpected little adventures along the way. I’ve conquered fears, I’ve faced challenges, I’ve had dreams come true and best of all I have been enjoying my life instead of letting it pass me by.
I’ve learned so much in the past few years of my life. The most important lesson of all has been that you have to have confidence. Fear comes from a lack of trust in oneself and once you start believing you can do or handle anything, life will improve drastically. Another major lesson is that nothing will happen unless you make it happen. There is no such thing as the “right time” to do something and a new experience will never fall out of the sky. Any new adventure will be hard work and it will probably all come at an inconvenient time but trust me, its totally worth it. The last lesson I want to share is that it really is quite simple to accomplish a goal. Pick one and make it happen. You can do it. I believe in you.
So what are your dreams?